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Address: Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road Edinburgh EH14 1TQ

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Who we are and what we do


The Water of Leith Conservation Trust was established in 1988 by residents concerned about Edinburgh's river and its future. A ‘friends of’ group and charity to protect Edinburgh’s river. (SC000015). From small beginnings this voluntary organisation grew and in 1997 the Trust was successful in obtaining funding from the Millennium Commission, with match funding principally from City of Edinburgh Council and LEEL, for a £5 million capital project to complete the Water of Leith walkway and renovate the Slateford School house into the Water of Leith Visitor Centre.

Today our mission is: to conserve and enhance the Water of Leith as a haven for biodiversity and be an educational and recreational resource for all.

The Trust's key aims are:

  • To raise awareness of the river as Edinburgh's key Environmental asset
  • To provide a quality Lifelong Learning Service - offering environmental education teaching services, group visits, advice and information for all age groups
  • To encourage the protection and enhancement of biodiversity along the river
  • To promote the conservation of the Water of Leith, by fostering practical action
  • To promote the Water of Leith Walkway for the enjoyment of the public
  • To work in partnership with landowners and official bodies responsible for the river to promote the effective management of the river valley

We publish a newletter seasonally here are some of our issues: Newletter 70  Newletter issue 68

Newsletter Issue 67 UTB 66 UTB 65 UTB 64 UTB 63 UTB 62 UTB 61 UTB 60     

Click here for a copy of our: ANNUAL REPORT 2016/17 ANNUAL REPORT 2015/16 ANNUAL REPORT 2014/15 ANNUAL REPORT 2013/14  ANNUAL REPORT 2012/13 Annual Report 2011/12 Annual Report 2010/11  Annual Report 2009/10    

Please take a look our latest Independantly Examined Accounts and Memorandum of Association 

Please take a look at our Business Plan 2017-20

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