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Voting Closes on Monday for the Aviva Fund - thank you to all who have vote, there is still time to cast your 10 votes for us

CLICK ON ME for the link to vote

Please click on the link above. In the top corner hit login / register - you will need to 'register now', complete email address, name and a password - they will send you an email to confirm this registration, a couple of boxes to tick and then you can cast us all 10 votes - or you can look for other projects to support - but we would really appreciate all 10 votes. It is a bit of a faff but we would really appreciate your support with this.


Winter Talks Programme continues on Mon 27th Nov - with Rolling on the river!!


All talks take place at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh - Free for Members, Guest £2.  Monday 27th November - 7.30pm  Rolling on the river: conservation of Scottish watermills, lades and caulds Continuing our celebrations of the year of History Heritage and Archaeology 2017 we will be joined by Mark Watson, Deputy Head of Industrial Heritage with Historic Environment Scotland, as he discusses ways that mills have been reinvented, & the challenges they face. Free for Members, Guest £2

Monday 29th January – 7.30pm The work of the Friends of the Pentlands 

Founded in 2003, the Friends aim is to conserve, protect and enhance the Pentland Hills in an area bounded by the Edinburgh City Bypass, the A70, A702 and A721. The Pentland Hills Regional Park makes up 45% of this area. This illustrated talk by Secretary John Stirling will demonstrate the work areas of the many volunteers involved. Free for Members, Guest £2

Monday 26th February – 7.30pm  Urban Fungi by Dr Patrick Hickey

Deep within the city of Edinburgh, fungi can be found in a variety of habitats including gardens and parks; however they often pop up in unusual places!  The talk will show examples of various fungi in the city and demonstrate the unique dispersal mechanisms that make fungi so successful in adapting to our constantly-changing environment.   Dr. Patrick Hickey, an independent scientist based at Summerhall, specialises in the biology of fungi and developing new techniques for microscopy and time-lapse imaging. Patrick is a guest lecturer at The University of Edinburgh and is a regular contributor to TV and film documentaries, including the BBC's "The Magic of Mushrooms"  Free for Members, Guest £2  


To book your space please call 0131 455 7367 or  email

Sunday 25th March –  2.00pm Robert Louis Stevenson Poetry Trail

A guided walk led by Duncan Campbell from Colinton Community Conservation Trust following the poetry trail through the village, viewing the statue of RLS and exploring parts of the Colinton Parish Church yard. Places are limited so please book.  £5 (members £2).  2.00pm Meeting at the Triangle Garden, off Woodhall Road near the Bridge Road traffic lights, in Colinton Village.

Sunday 8th April  – 10.30am River Clean Up.

Join our volunteer team for this river clean up morning as we launch the Water of Leith’s Spring Clean. Wear old clothes.  Meet at 10.30am at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre. FREE.

Sunday 29th April  – 2.00pm  Historic Villages of the Water of Leith -  Slateford 

A Guided Walk around the once bustling Slateford village – discover its hidden history and learn how it played its part in our city’s history £5 (members £2) BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Meet at 2.00pm at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre

Saturday 5th May – PLANT SALE 

Visit our now famous annual plant sale and pick up a bargain. Doors open at 10.00am at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre. 50p admission donation.

Sunday 10th June – 2.00pm Bridges of the Water of Leith from Canonmills to Dean

To celebrate 200 years of the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) we will be joined by local expert Sandra Purves to look at the history of some of the river’s important crossings. Meet at Canonmills by the old public toilets on Brandon Terrace.


River Clean-up this Sunday and Wednesday

We have a clean up in Leith on Sunday meeting at 10.30 at Coburg Street Carpark and the following task is on Wednesday at Gorgie Road, meeting at BuyRite Bathrooms off Gorgie Road. As always volunteer should let us know if they plan to come along.


Summer End #HHA2017 event was a great success over 100 people joined in the ancient celebrations marking the end of summer

Summer End #HHA2017 event was a great success over 100 people joined in the ancient celebrations marking the end of summer. We brought traditions upto date with some pumpkin lanterns (turnips are too hard!!) the living dead photo gallery and an illuminated trail - but the traditional battle between summer and winter, a visit to the community bonfire and a guising visit to the grotto proved to be the highlights - thank you to all who helped to make this event awesome!! Please share your photos and experiences with us and a HUGE thank you once again to our wonderful volunteers who all make such events so amazing

The Entrance

The 36 Pumpkin Parade

The Tug of War between Summer and Winter
Winter and her pal

Playing with light and projections

The Community Bonfire

Rune painting and Living Dead Gallery

No off the the Guising Grotto - beware who you may meet!!

Back to the Centre for the Fire Show!! and hot soup


Walkway is open at Murrayfield but sadly more sections close for bridge repairs

It is great to see the Walkway finally open at Murrayfield following the flood works - the area looks a bit bleak and the path is broad and a bit jarring at the moment but it will all soften with time as the landscaping grows and settles in


Water of Leith Walkway Path Closures Update November 2017
There are currently fivepath closures along the route, as follows:
The section through Saughton Park, between Fords Road and Balgreen Road is closed.  This is due to the HLF Works.  There are signs on site which state the closure will be in place for 52 weeks, therefore it’ll be August 2018 before it is re-opened.  There is a sign posted diversion in place.  Please direct all enquiries/complaints to Linda Anglin, Saughton Park Project Manager or Pete McDougall, Project Development
The section between Magdala steps and Belford Bridge is due to be closed, this is to facilitate the replacement of the timber ramp and the painting of the steel footbridge downstream.  The Footbridge painting works is programmed to begin 6 November and last 5 weeks. The site will shut down over Christmas, where the footpath will reopen temporarily.  The structure replacement works are planned to begin in the new year and be completed mid-February where the traffic management diversion will again be in place.  
The section between Sunbury Place and the Dean Path steps is closed due to a landslip.  The most recent update I have in relation to this is that investigations have now been completed by the appointed engineers of the home owner above the landslip. The councils legal team is currently in negotiation with the home owners legal representatives to progress the resolution of re-opening the footpath as soon as possible.  
The section between the east end of Rocheid Path and Cannonmills (Tanfield Footbridge) is closed to facilitate maintenance works.  Works are due to be completed by Friday 10th November with the path reopening thereafter.  A sign posted diversion should be in place.  
The section between Newhaven Road and Anderson Place (this is the path that follows the river) has been closed by Miller Homes. This is to facilitate work to take down and rebuild the section of brickwork wall in disrepair and to carry out the required surface water drainage outfall to the Water of Leith requiring the construction of pipework under the footpath and also a new headwall within the riverbank.  The works are expected to take approx. six months therefore the path may be closed until the end of January 2018.  There should be a sign posted diversion in place, checked and maintained by Miller Homes.