Redbraes win first prize

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Flashback to summer: what the judges saw

Congratulations to Redbraes! The good news came in an email from Julian Siann, ‘Redbraes takes first prize’!  That’s all the volunteers needed to know; after a year’s hard work Redbraes had won the award for best community garden in this year’s Edinburgh in Bloom competition.

There will be celebrations of course.  Not just at the official award ceremony on 2 Dec at the Assembly Rooms. But as Julian says, ” I think we deserve an award ceremony of our own don’t you?”

But you can be sure that won’t interrupt the hard work at the garden where they already have plenty of plans for next year. And they will be pretty busy in the next few weeks with the Canadian Navy work party on Monday, a bonfire party on 7 November, the  Zimbabwean band Grassroots performing on 22 November. And on top of all that there’s funding to investigate the feasibility of a mino hydro scheme on the Water of Leith – work starts on that in November. There’s more about the plans, and a video of a similar hydro scheme already up and running in England, on Greener Leith website.

Meanwhile, all the best to Julian (pictured below with Jean Thomson) who is soon on his way to Rwanda hoping to help start a town planning course at Kigali University. But he will be back at work in Redbraes in a few weeks.

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