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Anyone missing an 'A'???

Our Clean up in Leith on Tuesday revealed a huge haul of rubbish again - thank you to the 30 volunteer who attended from our Hit Squad, friends of the Water of Leith Basin and staff from Changeworks. This was all part of our Spring Clean-up and #Earthweek. There are many more clean-ups in Leith for Earth Day on Saturday 22nd April Click on the link below for details of more clean-ups in the area - why not join in

It is just a shame we could not get this A anyone missing an A? Thanks friends of water of Leith basin for the photo. Great to see a healthy clutch of eggs too at the swans nest


Development Site at the Blue Goose public exhibition at the Centre on 25th April 4pm to 7pm

If you are interested in the plans for the Blue Goose Site opposite our Centre, a public exhibition will be on show at The Water of Leith Visitor Centre on Wednesday 25th April from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.

CLICK ON ME for a link to the invitation 


Workday and clean-up at Balgreen Community Garden on Thursday all welcome

Community Planting Gardening & Clean-up task
Thursday 19th April
Meet at the Garden at the back of Balgreen School by the Bowling Club 10.30am
Join the Water of Leith Conservation Trust Volunteers to help us tidy the garden for summer, plant some wildflowers in the meadow and generally clean-up the area. Tools, equipment, tea and biscuits will be provided.
For more information The Water of Leith Conservation Trust 0131 455 7367, @WOLCT



Debris Discovery Day last Sunday was rubbish - literally

What a great day we had on Sunday for our Debris Discovery Day in conjunction with Edinburgh Science Festival and supported by Surfers Against Sewage. Every year we deliver dozens of river clean-ups and the rubbish collected usually goes straight to landfill and we don't really analyse what we collect. So the idea of this event was to get lots of volunteers and families along on the launch of our Annual Spring Clean season, make them pick rubbish for an hour or so, then collect and process what they found. We bribed them with the offer of hot soup and a story by Alette Willis at the break. A whopping 52 people joined us for the day aged between 4 and 80!! - we were even joined by a hen party (complete with matching pink wellies) 

The photos are below but the results were quite surprising. Over all around 40 bags of rubbish were collected by the volunteers - these were emptied out and sorted in to bins: Plastic for recycling, Glass, Cardbroad/Paper, Metal Cans, Timber, Big Plastic Items, Large Metal items, Landfill, Re-use, Weird and Wonderful and YUCK!!

We collected 179 plastic bottles and 170 drinks cans!!, 31 glass bottles, 19 paper cups which could all be recycled. The 10 pieces of timber will be used on my wood burner and a couple of the 12 items of plastic and 16 pieces of metal could be recycled but sadly most will end up in landfill, roughly 20 bags and a few dozen larger items. So much of what we collect is past it for recycling - once something has been littered it gets muddy, starts to degrade or gets mixed up with other things. We also found an enormous amount of cellophane and wrappers - bags and bags full!!! We did have some fun items a dolls leg, balls, a garland, xmas lights and some pretty horrid things used syringe,  nappy and tampon. The main thing is the river is now clean and 400 items littered over 1/2 a mile were purely disposable drinks containers and countless crisp and sweet wrapper - proving that snacking on the go is the main culprit when it comes to littering and probably the main culprit for our expanding waist lines!!

It was great to have the support of Alana and Laura from the Science Festival and 3 volunteers from Surfers against Sewage who really helped to explain the problems this litter could have cause if we had left it in the river - where it would have flowed into the ocean and become a marine problem. So thats some less plastic in the ocean and by our river. But its only the start. There are 10 more clean-ups happening over the coming week so we will get more.

Ready to go

The hens are kitted out and have a lovely pile to sort

Its got to be clean if we are to recycle it

That is MANKY

Wee ones on the case




Trust announces funding support from Baillie Gifford 

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust is delighted to announce that they will be receiving generous sponsorship from  Baillie Gifford this year. The support will enable us to continue to deliver a diverse programme of volunteering opportunities along Edinburgh’s river, raise awareness of this key asset for the city and promote the understanding of it heritage and wildlife though our lifelong learning programmes.  Thank you to all in the sponsorship team for supporting our work – it means so much to our staff, trustees and volunteers to have a secure 2018. 

This is photo of some staff from Baille Gifford helping on a task last summer with our volunteer clearing a new site for a meadow.