Discover

'a silver thread in a ribbon of green'

flowing through Edinburgh

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust works to conserve and enhance the river, its heritage and wildlife: the Trust promotes education and recreation through the Visitor Centre and works with volunteers and community groups to deliver around 300 river clean-ups and habitat improvement tasks annually. 

Operating since 1988, it was the first river charity to be established in Scotland. Support our work by becoming a member, sending a donation or joining the hundred-strong team of volunteers who are involved in projects on the river and in running the Visitor Centre.   

The Trust is a registered Charity (number SC000015). Our work is supported by City of Edinburgh Council’s Services for Communities and Communities and Families Departments.

 

Latest News

Coalie Park Project is underway. This means a path closure near Leith. 

Coalie Park Diversion

The Walkway

13 mile walkway winding through our capital

Visitor Centre

Open daily 10am to 4pm, community café & exhibition

The River

Edinburgh’s hidden natural asset

The Trust

Conserving and enhancing the river since 1988

Volunteering

Join the team and help protect the Water of Leith

Learning

Discover more on one of our learning programmes or activities

Featured Events

Sat 22nd Jun

Summer Meadows

Guided walk with Helen focusing on the Wildflowers found in the Dells
1:30pm-3:30pm
£7, members free

Thu 4th Jul

River Dipping for 5 to 10 year olds

Join us to explore the river and find out what lives in the water.
1:30pm-3:30pm
£7

Tue 9th Jul

Bugs! for 3 to 6 year olds

Hunt for bugs and beasties in the woods and meadows
1:30pm-3pm
£5

Latest News & Blog Posts

Volunteers

Seasonal Update from Ranger Johnny

January to April was known years ago as our quieter time, when we had a chance to reflect on the …

News

What a load of rubbish!

Why are you rummaging around in the bins? We complete a waste audit at the Visitor Centre and the results are interesting – lots of room for improvements as we move toward trying to be zero waste.

News

Mission Giant Hogweed begins

This week staff began our chemical spraying of Giant Hogweed along the banks of the river to prevent the spread …

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