Spring comes to Persevere too


Last year’s harvest at Persevere: time to plant this year’s crop.

It really must be spring. Ally Tibbitt of Greener Leith reminds us there is a spring clean at Persevere Community Garden too on Saturday 21st March. There’s a pond to dig, topsoil to spread, weeds to pull and (almost certainly) some rubbish  to tidy up. The  garden is open from 11 am until early afternoon.  And the more who can come to help, the merrier! Continue reading “Spring comes to Persevere too”

Springing into action at Redbraes


Catnapping by the Polish memorial at Redbraes

What a difference a year makes. It is hard to believe that the view has changed so much since a group of enthusiastic volunteers started work on this site last spring.  Now Redbraes Community Garden is about to spring into action for a new growing season. Come and join the team on Saturday 21 March at 11 am when the hut will be open for refreshments. Continue reading “Springing into action at Redbraes”

What a load of rubbish


Sadly there’s no truth in the myth that Inuits have 87 words for snow (according to yesterday’s radio there are just as many English words for the white stuff) but who has more words for rubbish? On Saturday while snow covered much of the UK, the sun shone on volunteers picking litter out of Pilrig Park.  That’s litter, rubbish, trash, garbage, junk, detritus, gubbins, yuk…you name it,  Greener Leith volunteers found it. And filled 48 bags full of it. Continue reading “What a load of rubbish”

Seasonal cheer for Friends of Dalmeny Street


Just to cheer you up, a quick look back at newly planted planters on a rare sunny summer day in Dalmeny Street Garden

It might be December but it’s already time to plan for next year’s growing season.  Join Friends of Dalmeny Street Garden at their next meeting in Out of the Blue Drill Hall on Thursday 18 December 7pm. Co-ordinator Lise Bratton says:

“Find out what’s been going on and tell us what developments you’d like to see.
Enjoy some seasonal cheer with minced pies and mulled wine.”

Buried treasure unearthed in the garden


Harvest time in Persevere Community Garden

The sun was shining through the window and there was a pot of tea on the go. To be honest, I could have been tempted to stay at home last Saturday but I am very glad I didn’t. The open day at Persevere Community Garden was a great way to spend a day off. There was hot soup, a blazing bonfire, great company and to our amazement, there was a good crop of potatoes growing beneath the weeds in our plot. Hard to believe that just six months ago this ground was so hard we had to use a pick axe to get into it. Continue reading “Buried treasure unearthed in the garden”

One potato, two potato…and maybe even more at Persevere open day

top potato

We are about to dig up the potatoes we planted on one of the coldest and wettest midsummer days on record. Come and join us for the Persevere Tattie Harvest from 12noon on Saturday 11 October. Continue reading “One potato, two potato…and maybe even more at Persevere open day”

A growing need for green space: planners and developers take note!


Volunteers digging for fun at Redbraes. Greenspace helps make people healthier and happier and builds stronger, safer communities too.

You may have noticed that gardens are beginning to take up more space in Leith Open Space newsletters. Perhaps that’s not surprising. According to a recent survey by Greener Leith, more people want to use the space in Leith Links for gardens and childrens play areas than for football, golf or, indeed, any other sport. But will the opinions of local people count for anything with planners and developers? Continue reading “A growing need for green space: planners and developers take note!”