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Vote for us in the Aviva Fund - for our Community and Wildlife Project


We need your help and that of all your friends, family, neighbours etc. We have put in a project in to the Aviva fund and we need your votes to help us raise fund to pay for a members of staff for next year to help deliver more clean-ups, conservation tasks and INNS work. Click on the link and then 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.



Summers End Event planning is well underway check out the photos #HHA2017

We have our final adventure event on this Sunday - Summers End - an illuminated tour though the Dells as we exploring the traditions which used to welcome in winter in the past. We will be adding a modern twist with some dramatic lighting, glowsticks and pumpkins. Families will be learning about liminal time (where the line between the living and the dead is very fine) Samhein (where summer and winter do battle), community bonfires, feasting and guising. There are a couple of spaces for families to book at 5.30pm but it is virtually full so you will need to be quick. These photos are from our planning day last Sunday.

 do you think I have enough pumpkins?


Balgreen Meadow planting and tidy up task was a great success

Around 15 volunteers did a cracking job at Balgreen Community Garden on 15th October. We were joined by our volunteers, the local community and staff from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel to give the garden a wee pre-winter make over and we planted hundreds of wildflower plugs in the meadow as part of a project to improve nectar sources along the John Muir Way - thanks to Central Scotland Green Network for the plants!!

Meadow Planting

Planting up the Bee Bank and beds

The woodland border

Tea Break

Doesnt it look great


Volunteers tasks this month at Stockbridge, Balgreen and Slateford

Wednesday 4th October.  10.30am – 1pm.  Join Charlotte to continue the Dean Valley Project in Stockbridge.  Help us plant bulbs, clear the path and reduce Laurel re-growth and hopefully (weather permitting) finish restoring the historic railing.    Meet at St Bernard’s Bridge at the end of Saunders Street in Stockbridge. 

Sunday 15th October.  10.30am – 1pm.  Balgreen Community Wildlife Garden.   Join Charlotte to carry out an autumn tidy up of the garden including cut, rake and planting / seeding in the meadow area with plants from Central Scotland Green Network Trust.  The Garden is located at the end of Pansy Walk off Balgreen Road –turn right just before the railway crosses Balgreen Road. 

Wednesday 25th October.  10.30am – 1pm.  Pre event task in Craiglockhart Dell and Slateford Clean-up.  Help Charlotte and the Peregrines from Tiphereth get the Dell ready for another Family event – Summers End, and Clean-up downstream to the allotments.  Meet at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road, EH14 1TQ.


EVENTFUL OCTOBER!! There is lots on we hope you can join us #HHA2017

We have two guided walks, two childrens events and another fantatsic family adventure at the end of the month. We hope you can join us to celebrate autumn


Following on from her popular spring walk, Anna Canning of Floramedica will take us on an autumn forage into the Dells to explore the wealth of edible and medicinal plants to  be found on our doorstep. We will delve into their history, lore and use, both past  and present. Meet at 2pm at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre. 2pm - 4pm,  £5 (£2 for members) Booking essential


Join our guided walk to discover the industrial past of this once busy port, including shipping, whaling and whisky. Meet at 2pm at the small car park off Coburg Street in Leith. 2pm - 4pm, £5 (£2 for members) Booking essential 


Children’s Half Term Events at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 2pm -  4pm. £5 per child, accompanying adult free, Suitable for 4 to 12 year olds, Booking essential
Tuesday 17th October SURVIVE!! SOLD OUT
Learn how to build a den, light a fire and forage for food on our Autumn Survival Special
Thursday 19th October ROTTEN!! - SPACES AVAILABLE
Delve into the decomposing world of fungus, compost  & poo. A Rotten event which will leave you mucky!