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

Tue 6th Aug

Art in the Woods for 5 to 10 year olds

Explore the woods and the river and make your own artist’s book to take home
1:30-3:30pm
£7

Thu 8th Aug

Water Force for 5 to 10 year olds

Join us to discover the fascinating world of water!
1:30pm - 3:30pm
£7

Sat 6th Jul

Mesmerising Mechanisms Exhibition

An exhibition of wooden mechanically powered machines by Ian Graham
10am - 4pm
Free

Latest News & Blog Posts

News

Hannah is leaving and we are looking for a new Conservation Officer

People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime and for Hannah it’s been a pleasurable …

News

Johnny’s Autumn Update from the Conservation Team

I’m never sure which I enjoy more those heady days of summer sweating slightly in waders & wielding a scythe …

Visitor Centre

Free Trees available from the Centre – this week and into 2024

This winter Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust are giving away 9,000 trees to Edinburgh residents in partnership with City of …

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