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End of Term Fun at Forthquarter park with @NTSOutreach supported by SNH @nature_scot

To mark the end of term with one of our partner schools Forthview Primary, in the SNH funded, Learning in Local Greenspace Project we joined forces with NTS Community Outreach Team and  another local school St Davids RC Primary School to have a Fun Day at Forthquarter Park. 110 Primary 5 children from both school enjoyed activities in the park including - a water filtration activity, environmental art and hunting for wildlife. We all had so much fun in the sun and hopefully inspired the schools to continue outdoor learning in their local parks next year.


Himalayan Balsam Blitz - 3 tasks done many more to go!! 

Work continues to try and remove as much Balsam as we can from the river banks - the following are dates when you can join the volunteer team to pull this invasive species


Sunday 1st July 10.30am – 1pm Coltbridge and Roseburn Himalayan balsam and clean-up
Thursday 5th  July 10.30am – 1pm Himalayan balsam pulling in the Tanfield House/Colonies
Sunday 8th July 10.30am - 1pm Kinleith clean up
Tuesday 10th  July 10.30am - 1.00pm Himalayan balsam pulling in the Stockbridge to Colonies Bend
Tuesday 24th July 10.30am - 1pm Himalayan balsam pulling in Bells Mills to Belford area



Article about Scottish Water work on CSO outflows on the river 

Scottish Water’s Water of Leith projects are required to improve the natural environment and reduce the amount of sewer related debris which could reach the Water of Leith watercourse. Scottish Water and SEPA have identified 17 areas in the Upper reaches of the Water of Leith (From Balerno to Longstone) where sewer debris could currently be discharged to the watercourse in periods of high rainfall. These overflows occur from chambers called Combined Sewer Overflow’s (CSO) which relieve the sewers of water during periods of heavy rainfall, the existing chambers which are located throughout the Water of Leith which do not have adequate screening to retain sewerage debris within the sewer are classified as having Unsatisfactory Intermittent Discharges (UID’s).  Scottish Water are planning a multi-million pound investment to install new pipework, chambers and screens to reduce the risk of debris entering the Water of Leith and removing the UID’s thus improving the aesthetics and reducing the environmental impact of storm overflows on the Water of Leith. This will result in an improved watercourse for all its users. 
Given the locations and nature of the current sewers and chambers, the construction works required to install the new chambers and pipework will be quite significant to the areas affected and it will be inevitable that there will be some local disruptions during the works. We will try and keep the impact as minimal as possible while carrying out these important upgrade works. At this stage we are verifying the designs by completing ground investigation surveys and site investigation works in order to assess ground conditions and levels to allow the detailed design to be completed. At this stage the main construction works are not planned to take place until 2021 so there should be minimal impact on the Water of Leith at this time.
There is also a similar study ongoing within the Lower reaches of the Water of Leith which will also involve the upgrade of the CSO chambers and pipework from Longstone down to Leith.

Windy weather means a number of trees down, hanging branches and blocked sections of walkway - take care!!

The phone has been ringing this morning with lots of calls about trees and branches down across the Walkway we have passed them on to CEC forestry service but they will have a lot of work today and for the coming weeks after Storm Hector, so will need to prioritise work. If you do see something blocking the walkway or causing danger to property, take a photo, pin point your location and email We have also been given notice of a path closure - again - due to a tree between Wester Coates and Magdala Steps. We will update you when we have more information about how long this will be closed for. As always along the walkway take care and do not take risk cutting under downed trees or hung up branches.


Bookings are now open for Kids summer holiday activities every Tuesday and Thursday and spaces are filling fast

£5 per child & start at 2.00pm until 4.00pm. 
BOOKING ESSENTIAL  0131 455 7367 
Suitable for 4 to 12 year olds, Accompanying adult free.
Thursday 5th July – River Dipping 
Put on your wellies and join us IN the river for this fun event
Tuesday 10th July – BUGS
Track down the mini creatures and create you own 'extreme' bug 
Thursday 12th July – SURVIVE 
Build a shelter, forage for food and learn to create fire.
Tuesday 17th July – River Dipping
Put on your wellies and join us IN the river for this fun event
Thursday 19th July - STICK 
101 things to do with a stick, they are awesome
Tuesday 24th July – River Dipping
Put on your wellies and join us IN the river for this fun event
Thursday 26th July – FAIRIES 
join the 'wee folk' in the Dells as we discover the history of fairies & do some magical crafts – wings optional 
Tuesday 31st July – River Dipping 
Put on your wellies and join us IN the river for this fun event
Thursday 2nd August – SURVIVE 
Build a shelter, forage for food and learn to create fire.
Tuesday 7th August – WATER!! 
wet and wild, as we discover the power of water and create our own river craft for racing over the rapids