View of Braidburn Valley Park - March

Braidburn Valley Park

Awards

Green Flag Award logo

Latest News

Below you will find the latest news items. You can click on the title of any item to open it up and comment if you wish.

Jan 21
2019

Valley Voice – Jan 2019 – our mini magazine

A couple of times a year, we publish a mini magazine updating everyone about the latest events and plans in Braidburn Valley Park. So here is our latest edition of The Valley Voice – January 2019! Read all about…

  • Tea in the Park – another successful fun day
  • New outdoor gym – get fit in 2019
  • Dianne‟s Garden – new growth in our park
  • Heritage craft projects – spring workshops
  • Save the date – Annual General Meeting and park walk – Main gate, 2pm on Sunday 24th February 2019

It’s all colourful with plenty of pictures, thanks to its new Editor-in-Chief, Ian.

Happy reading :)

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Nov 30
2018

The most fun you can have on your knees?

On the last day of November a few stalwart Friends ignored the dire weather forecast and gathered at Dianne’s Garden for some bulb planting. There were some 5000 bulbs.. fortunately mostly happy to share their holes with 10 or more others. So it took not much more than an hour. And the rain held off too. Look out for the green shoots in the spring!

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Nov 26
2018

Valley Voice – Summer 2018

Here it is folks – news about all the various projects in the park…

Valley voice July 2018: Obituary—Dianne Savage, a true friend of the park, sadly missed  Garden planting project at main entrance  Outdoor Exercise equipment update  Tea in the Park 2018 – save the date  The General Data Protection Regulations

 

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Aug 25
2018

Tea in the Park – 2-4:30pm, Saturday 1st September!

Join us for our annual family fun day! It’s FREE, so come along and bring your friends and family, and cross your fingers for a nice sunny day. Here’s the Facebook event. As well as the obligatory DUCK RACE in the burn, the assorted fun will include:

Slime making | Den building | Ceilidh dancing | Junk raft building | Story telling | Arts and crafts | Vikings | Home baking | Pizza and Bar | Fire shows | Obstacle course | Dance performances | Face painting | Orienteering | Pocket money games | Dr Bike

Here’s the Tea in the Park POSTER for the full line up! It’s entirely run by volunteers, and aims to bring our local community together to enjoy a nice afternoon, larking around together in our park. Any proceeds go to projects to improve Braidburn Valley Park. Spread the word!

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Feb 4
2018

Latest Valley Voice – Winter 2017/18

Read all about it! Here is The Valley Voice issue 35. Here’s what’s in it…

  • Work has started on our new community garden
  • The AGM is on Sunday 25th February 2018 – meeting at 2pm at the main park gates for a park stroll and then 2:30pm at Greenbank Church Hall for the meeting itself
  • Wildlife camera
  • New bridge names
  • Remembering Jim Lavin
  • Help needed to organise Tea in the Park

Happy reading :)

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Jan 21
2018

AGM & park walk – Sunday 25th Feb 2018

Come and join us for the Annual General Meeting, on Sunday 25th February 2018. The meeting itself is at Greenbank Church, starting at 2:30pm. But as in previous years, we’ll meet at 2pm at the main park gates opposite the church, for a stroll around the park together. If the weather is really terrible, we’ll just head straight for the church for a 2:30pm start. 

Tea and biscuits provided! Come and hear what has been going on, what plans are afoot for the coming year, and how you might get involved. It’s a nice way to meet your neighbours.

By way of a preview of the agenda, we are in need of an organiser for Tea in the Park 2018. If nobody comes forward then it simply won’t happen… Please email info@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk if you fancy getting involved.

We are also on the look out for 2+ new members of the Committee. It involves coming along to 4 meetings a year, and we are a friendly bunch.

We hope to see everyone on 25th February! :)

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Aug 23
2017

Tea in the Park 2017 – Saturday 2nd September

Tea in the Park 2017 Braidburn Valley Park EdinburghA date for your diaries – (You’ll be having your) Tea in the Park will take place as usual on the first Saturday in September – this year Saturday 2nd from 2 to 4.30.

This year’s attractions include the Edinburgh Bootcamp which comes with Obstacle Course and children’s games. The Vikings of Din Eidyn will be out in strength this year with a full battle force as well as other Viking pursuits. Pulse of the Place, Magic Ian, Auld Spice Ceilidh Band and Angela Watson – School of Dance will entertain. Plus all the usual fun Crafts and activities, raft building and racing. Not to forget the Famous and Original Duck Race.

See you there!

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Jun 16
2015

Annual General Meeting Minutes

The Annual General Meeting took place on Sunday 8th March.  Thanks to all members who attended and to those interested people who came along and joined at the meeting.

AGM Minutes 2015

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Mar 24
2015

Spring clean: April 26th

Our spring clean up is on Sunday 26 April from 2pm to 4pm. Please join us to help clear up the Park and remove rubbish from the Park and the burn. The winter winds have brought in quite a lot of litter especially at the south end.

Just come to the meeting point on the main path (south of the ‘stage’ area) and pick up the equipment you need. Look out for the tall banners. We supply gloves, litter pickers, bags and waders for those who fancy tackling the burn.

As well as cleaning up rubbish there will also be some shrubs to plant and maybe digging out of invasive butterbur

There are free refreshments for all those who join in.

Spring Clean Up 2009 6 (2)

Hopefully see you there

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Feb 20
2015

Living Fossils in Braidburn Valley Park

Dawn Redwood leaves

Dawn Redwood leaves

Have you noticed the new trees that have been planted in the Park in the last few weeks?

 

 

 

 

Dawn Redwood in winter

Dawn Redwood in winter

The City of Edinburgh Council have planted over 30 new trees mostly along the burn side. Two of these are Dawn Redwood  (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) and are located near the middle bridge. These trees are unusual in that they are the only living species in their genus and were only known from fossil records until the 1940s. In 1941 a Mr Chan discovered the trees growing in a village in central China and in 1944 other trees were discovered and seed collected. These seeds were grown at the Arnold arboretum in the USA and the resulting trees planted out. The trees are easily propagated and quick growing so they soon became popular as an ornamental tree and were planted throughout Europe and the USA. Although a conifer they are deciduous and so shed their needles in winter like a larch which creates a striking winter profile.

The other trees that have been planted are hazel bushes, again along the burn side, which will produce lovely catkins (‘lambs tails’) in the spring. They are small native trees which are good for wildlife.

Replacement trees have been provided for some of the new cherry trees that failed in the last couple of years. Most of these died due to vandalism but a few also succumbed to the weather Some of these are the native Gean (Prunus avium), and some are ornamental Japanese cultivars.
The final species planted is Swamp cypress (Taxodium distichum) along the burn side near the stage area. This is another deciduous conifer that grows well by water and is native in the southern USA, particularly the Everglades. They will give good shelter for wildlife but hopefully not alligators!

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Jan 24
2015

Wingnut tree

The Friends group recently planted a new tree  at the south end of the Park between the bridge and the end of Fly walk. This replaces a Sweet Chestnut which died last year probably due to the wet conditions in this area. The new tree is a Caucasian Wingnut (Pterocarya fraxinifolia) which is a spreading tree with a short trunk. It has catkin-like flowers that go on to form tassels of small winged nuts in the autumn. The tree was chosen as it is hardy and likes moist conditions, so should be at home in this damp, windy section of the Park.Wingnut tree planing Jan 2015

 

Thanks to all those who helped take out the old tree and plant the new one. Many hands made light work to plant this large tree complete with stakes and protective cage.

 

The tree was supplied by Damhead Nursery (http://www.damheadnursery.co.uk/)

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Jan 20
2015

AGM 2015

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Friends of Braidburn Valley Park took place on Sunday 8th March 2015.

AGM Minutes 2015

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Jan 17
2015

Lastest Valley Voice

The winter edition of the Friends Group newsletter has just been published. Take a look at what has been happening in the Park in the last few months

The Valley Voice is available for viewing or downloading on our website. Click here to view all  copies. This edition includes articles on :

  • Last September’s Fun Day
  • All You Wanted to Know about the Medal Routes Project
  • Honorary Tree Warden’s Report
  • An obituary to Jean Blades

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Nov 22
2014

Tree work at the south end of the Park

 

Cherry tree fellingTree works at the south end of the park are set to continue into next week. Earlier in the year the Council Trees and Woodlands officers identified a number of the old cherry trees that were diseased or rotten at the base as well as 5 of the tall Lombardy poplars along the southern boundary of the Park were in poor condition. As a safety measure the trees identified are being felled. The loss of these trees from this area is regrettable but, as they are alongside a path, public safety is paramount. The Friends group will be working with the council on a plan to replace the cherry trees but this is dependent on funding.

 

 

Lombardy poplar

The path along the southern boundary is likely to be closed at times when the felling is taking place. Most of the wood from the trees is being stacked in this area and will be left to rot away as a wildlife habitat.
If you have any queries on this work or suggestions on new planting please get in touch with the Park Tree Warden (treewarden@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk ) or Mike Shields (Mike.Shields@edinburgh.gov.uk ) the Community Parks Officer at the Council or simply leave a comment below

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Sep 29
2014

Autumn work parties

This autumn the Friends of Braidburn Valley Park are planning to carry out some simple tree maintenance work in the Park to ensure the trees that have been planted in the last few years are well cared for. The work is mainly pruning new trees, cutting back encroaching vegetation, felling small dead trees with bow saws and removing a few stakes. We may also have a few small trees and shrubs to plant. Gloves and all necessary tools will be supplied by the Friends Group.

Hazel2

Three sessions are planned in October to tackle the work and the dates are :

Sat 4th Oct 10.00 – 12.00
Sun 12th Oct 14.00 – 16.00
Sat 18th Oct 14.00 – 16.00

 

 

 

Please let us know if you are interested in helping by emailing treewarden@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk with your name and a contact number as well as which sessions you can attend
Thank you

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Sep 16
2014

Autumn clean up Sept 28th

Our autumn clean up is on Sunday 28th September from 2pm to 4pm. Please join us to help clear up the Park and remove rubbish from the Park and the burn

Just come to the area on the main path (south of the ‘stage’) and pick up the equipment you need. Look out for the banners. We supply waders for those who fancy paddling, gloves, litter pickers, bags etc.

There are free refreshments for all those who join in.

Hopefully see you there

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Sep 2
2014

Tea in the Park Fun day 2014 : Sat 6th Sept

This year’s BIG event is almost here!.

Tea in the Park Fun Day

Saturday, 6th  September 2014 from 14:00 – 16:30

 

Magic Ian– Magician and balloon modeller

Old Spice Ceilidh band

Morningside Pipe Band,

as well as face painting, raft building, 2 bouncy castles, beat the goallie, Fire engine, coconut shy, quizzes, bar, cafe and home baking.

As usual the highlight at the end of the day will be the World Famous Duck Race.

Please come and join us, the forecast looks good – bring a picnic and make a day of it!

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Aug 2
2014

What Flavour is Our Urn?

You may be familiar with the saga of the ornamental stone urn on the right hand pillar at the park’s main entrance. After standing there for 80 years, in 2013 it was knocked off and smashed by a contractor’s vehicle. Last summer, a replacement was created and put in place but it is much more yellow then its left hand counterpart. The Friends of Braidburn Valley Park came up with ‘Project Yoghurt’ to speed up the natural colonisation process and even up the colours.

Painting a thin layer of diluted yoghurt on stone acts as a spawning ground for bacteria and fungi – the initial biological colonisers. However, they have a hard time getting started when the stone is sterile. The yoghurt layer gets them going, then green algae come along, then lichen. The Friends were delighted that Waitrose in Morningside were able to help by donating 5 litres of natural, low fat yoghurt (although we would have been happy with any flavour!). At the end of July, we got out the long ladders and painted and squirted the yoghurt on the urn to make sure that it was completely covered.

Painting yoghurt on the stone urn

Historic Scotland advises that it will take at least six months before we see any lichens or algae starting to grow. Initially they will be tiny millimetre diameter pinheads. They will only growa millimetre or so a year even with the help of the yoghurt, with lichens probably appearing on the sunlit (drier) side and green algae on the shaded (damper) side.

The Friends ask our regular park users to keep an eye on the right hand urn and when you are next eating yoghurt, think of its more unusual uses!

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Apr 8
2014

Creating a Buzz in Braidburn Valley Park

Work is underway to enhance the habitat in Braidburn Valley Park to provide suitable haunts for bumblebees. These bees, that we are all familiar with, have very specific requirements for both nesting and feeding. Bumblebees are becoming increasingly scare in Britain as the habitat they require is lost. Areas such as parks and gardens can provide a refuge for them. There are 5 or 6 species of bumblebees that frequent the Park and all these can be seen in the early summer feeding on the existing wildflower meadow at the south east end of the Braidburn Valley Park created over 6 years ago (see Bumblebee Conservation trust for lots of information on bumblebees).

It may be surprising but Bumblebees, like most birds, start breeding very early in the year. The queens emerge from hibernation and begin searching for a nest site in late Feb or early March depending on the weather and species. They mostly nest underground and excavate small burrows in loose soil or take over existing holes made by mice or voles. As well as nesting sites their other main requirement is energy! They need nectar and pollen from early flowers such as Willow and Primroses or else they will starve and be unable to create a nest and lay their eggs. By July it is all over with the new queens hibernating for the winter in August.

For details about the existing wildflower meadow see the Friends of Braidburn Valley website

IMG_2904

To complement the existing wildflower meadow created over 6 years ago the Friends group are now creating 2 new smaller areas of wild flowers on the east side of the Park.

The first is at the base of the embankment below Comiston Road. This area had the turf removed by the Green Team at the end of March and was sown with a wildflower mix. Plug plants of perennial species will be added in the next few months. The old turfs have been used to create 2 small mounds and their loose structure will provide nesting sites for the bees as well as an area for wildflowers such as Vipers bugloss and Thyme.

IMG_2595                                                         IMG_2593

The second area is the old rose bed alongside Comiston Road near the old tram shelter. The Council removed the old roses last winter and offered the bed to the Friends group to transform into a nectar heaven for bees. We will be helped by students from Edinburgh University as part of their Edinburgh University Global Environment, Politics and Society MSc programme. Again we will use a mixture of seed and plug plants to create the bee habitat ensuring we have plants to provide that all important early nectar.

The turf is removed to reduce the soil fertility and therefore the vigour of grass which would out compete the flowers we are trying to encourage. To reduce the vigour of the grass further we will sow a plant called Yellow Rattle (so named because the seeds rattle on the plant when ripe in the autumn) which is parasitic on the grass roots. This has been very successful in the original wildflower meadow. If you look at the grass in summer you can see the height of the grass visibly reduced where the Yellow Rattle is growing.

Next time you are in the Park take a walk up to the south east corner to see the new and old wildflower meadows. Hopefully you will spot bumblebees buzzing around but don’t leave it too late as winter starts again in August!

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Apr 6
2014

Spring Clean

Our Spring clean and clear up is on Sunday 27th April from 2pm to 4pm. Please join us to help clear up the Park and remove all the rubbish that has blown in over the winter.

Just come to the area on the main path (south of the ‘stage’) and pick up the equipment you need.We supply waders for those who fancy paddling, gloves, litter pickers, bags etc.

There are free refreshments for all those who join in.

Hopefully see you there!

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Feb 12
2014

Tree works at the south end of the Park

As mentioned in the news article just before Christmas several cherry trees were brought down in the gales in December. The Council Trees and Woodlands officers also identified 5 other cherry trees that were diseased or rotten at the base and these will be felled shortly. In addition they carried out a survey of the tall Lombardy poplars along the southern boundary of the Park and some other trees in this area. Unfortunately 5 of the poplars and a birch tree were found to be in a dangerous condition and these will be need to be felled.

The loss of these trees from this area is regrettable but, as they are alongside a path, public safety is paramount. The Friends group will be working with the council on a plan to replace these trees.

If you have any queries on this work or suggestions on new planting please get in touch with the Park Tree Warden (treewarden@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk ) or Mike Shields (Mike.Shields@edinburgh.gov.uk ) the Community Parks Officer at the Council or simply leave a comment below

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Jan 20
2014

Help us Update the Park Management Plan

One of the strengths of The Green Flag Award is for a park to have a Management Plan.  This sets out what makes the park special and what needs to be done to continually improve the park for people, wildlife, local heritage, etc.

The Braidburn Valley Park Management Plan has reached the end of its current five year period.  The Friends are keen to get your views on what should be done in the next five years to improve the park for all.  We will then work with the Council to get as many ideas as possible taken into consideration.

Please take a look at the current Management Plan on our website.  Let us have your thoughts by the end of February by contacting us on info@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk.

Thank you for your support.

 

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Dec 22
2013

Cherry Tree trefoil: storm damage

The storms and strong winds of the last couple of weeks have unfortunately brought down a few of the old cherry trees.These are mainly in the avenue at the south most end of the Park on the steep hill. The council have cleared these away but several other trees in this area are rotten at the base and will also need to be felled  before they too fall victim to the gales.Storm damage 2013

Around 15 of the 40 trees in this avenue have been blown down or have had to be removed for safety reasons in the last few years. The Friends group will be looking at options with the council to find funding to replace this avenue of cherry trees.

Please take care when walking in this area in the strong winds that are forecast in the next weeks or so.

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Dec 16
2013

New hawthorn tree

The Friends group planted a new tree  yesterday to replace one that died last year. The tree is behind the interpretation panel at the south end of the Park at the top of the wild flower meadow. The tree is a standard Hawthorn (Crataegus prunifolia ‘Splendens’) which has white spring blossom and good leaFriends Group plant Hawthorn treef colour in the autumn. The dense thorny crown will also be a good habitat for birds.

 

 

 

 

 

The tree was supplied by Damhead Nursery (http://www.damheadnursery.co.uk/)

Thanks to all those who helped take out the old tree and plant the new one. Many hands made light work to plant this large tree complete with ground anchor, stakes and protective cage.

We also took the opportunity to plant a few small native hawthorn shrubs, donated by a local resident, in the rough grass at the SW side of the Park to add to the shrubs planted by school children this spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Dec 2
2013

Wheatley Elms

Wheatley Elms

Comiston Road, Edinburgh

Wheatley Elms, Comiston Road, Edinburgh (November)

 

The line of trees in Braidburn Valley Park alongside Comiston Road are a prominent feature of the landscape. These trees are predominantly Wheatley Elms planted in the 1930s when the Park was created.

Origins

Wheatley Elms are considered to be a variety of the Cornish Elm (Ulmus minor). Recent work by Forest Research (see Ecotype Autumn 2013) has shown that all the Wheatley Elms in the UK are likely to be a  single clone.  This clone was thought to have originated in northern France but was first recorded in a description of a tree in Guernsey in 1815. A London nurseryman, George Loddiges, was the first to propagate it in England in 1836 and considered it sufficiently distinctive to warrant its own scientific name Ulmus x sarniensis, after Sarnia the Roman name for Guernsey. In the mid 19th century the tree was propagated by Sir William Cooke of Wheatley Park, hence the current common name. The earliest use of the name Wheatley Elm for this tree occurs in 1869.  The trees were also propagated in large numbers by a tree nursery in Southampton in the late 19th century. This elm was widely planted as a street tree due to its upright habit although surviving examples are now rare. Edinburgh is now one of the best places in the country to see these trees. As well as the trees in Braidburn Valley Park there are small numbers of  Wheatley Elms in Princes Street Gardens and Warriston Cemetery

CharacteristicsBurr on Wheatley Elm

The Wheatley Elm is a tall pyramidal tree of very even shape with ascending branches  tapering to a distinct pointed top. The trees come into leaf very late compared to other trees (sometimes as late as June) and hold onto their leaves into December. The leaves are small relative to other elm leaves and turn a glorious golden yellow before they fall.

The tree frequently develop distinctive burrs on its trunk. Several of these are visible low down on the trunks of the trees alongside Comiston Road and are of a considerable size. They do not appear to affect the trees vigour.

Dutch elm disease and management

The Wheatley Elms have slowly been succumbing to Dutch Elm disease. The City of Edinburgh Council has an active management programme for this tree disease; the trees are inspected annually and any showing signs of infection are felled. This management has helped preserve this fine stand of elms and over 40 trees remain. The Elms trees that have been removed are being replaced with trees of a different species mostly Red-twigged lime (Tilia platyphyllos ‘rubra’) due to the high risk of infection of Dutch Elms disease if new elms were planted.

DSC02238

 

For more details on trees in the Park see the Friends of Braidburn Valley Park website

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Nov 25
2013

A date for your diary – AGM 2014

Your are warmly invited to attend THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Friends of Braidburn Valley Park on Sunday 23rd February 2014

AGENDA

2.00 pm meet at main gate, Greenbank Crescent. Guided walk about with committee members to look at work carried out in 2013 and discuss Park maintenance and enhancements.
2.30 pm approx.  Greenbank Parish church for refreshments followed by a short business meeting.

Apologies for absence should be sent to the secretary at info@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk

 

 

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Sep 25
2013

Do you like being out in the Autumn Fresh Air?

Just to let you know that our Autumn clean and clear up is this Sunday (Sunday 29th September) from 2pm to 4pm.

Even if you have only an hour to spare, it is surprising how much a family or an individual can do in an hour to improve the look of our park. It can be surprisingly fulfilling to see the rubbish piled up and gives you a renewed sense of ownership of your patch. Parents have told us that it has been good for their children to learn that litter needs to be picked up by someone.

Just come to the area on the main path (south of the ‘stage’) and pick up the equipment you need.We supply waders for those who fancy paddling, gloves, litter pickers, bags etc.

There are free refreshments for all those who join in.

Hopefully see you there!

 

 

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Aug 19
2013

Tea In the Park 2013: Sat 7th Sept

Just a  few weeks to go to this year’s BIG event.

Tea in the Park Fun Day

Saturday, 7th  September 2013 from 14:00 – 16:30

Transgression Park stunt cyclists display team with cycle skills area,

Magic Max– Magician and balloon modeller,

Morningside Pipe Band,

as well as face painting, raft building, 2 bouncy castles, ceilidh band, beat the goallie, Fire engine, quizzes, bar, cafe and home baking.

As usual the highlight at the end of the day will be the World Famous Duck Race.

Please come and join us – bring a picnic and make a day of it!

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Aug 19
2013

Stonework repairs complete on entrance gates

The entrance gates and pillars on Greenbank Crescent originally formed the entrance to Comiston House in Camus Avenue.Unfortunately the ornamental stonework on the right hand pillar was knocked off by a delivery vehicle in February in connection with work on the new bridge at the south end of the Park. Their insurers accepted the claim and a contract was let by Edinburgh Council Bridges and Structures Department to have the stone urn and damaged pillar replaced. The stone mason has sourced stone with as close a match to the original as possible and the work was completed at the start of August. It is hoped the new stonework will soon weather down to match the colour of the rest of structure.

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Jun 10
2013

Stone entrance pillar

The ornamental stonework on the pillar at the entrance to Braidburn Valley Park was knocked off by a bridge repair vehicle in February. At long last their insurers have accepted the claim and a contract is being let by Edinburgh Council Bridges and Structures Department to have the stone urn and damaged pillar replaced.

The stone mason will source stone with as close a colour match to the original as possible. it is anticipated that the work will be completed by the end of July 2013.

If you have any queries, please contact Lloyd Glen, Clerk of Works, Bridges and Structures Department, Edinburgh Council on 0131 469 3489 or email Lloyd.Glen@edinburgh.gov.uk. ”

 

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

May 6
2013

Bridge replacement – update 6

We have had an update from the council on the progress with the new bridge

The Bridge.

The contractor Crummock delayed the painting until warmer weather and is now proposing to complete the painting starting on Tuesday. It is hoped that they will complete this in a few days.

Crummock is also arranging for additional anti skid material to complete the bridge and is hoping that their sub-contractor will return to the site to complete it within the next week.

When the bridgeworks are finished, Crummock has to tidy the site and reinstate damaged landscaping. Once this is done there will be a meeting on site with relevant Councillors to view the works and ensure that all has been made good.

The Gate Pillar.

Repairs to the pillar are likely to take longer. The materials delivery firm, which was responsible for the damage, has referred the matter to their insurers. The claim has been lodged and the tenders for repair submitted. We are now waiting for loss adjusters to visit the site for further assessment. Although the urgency of this issue has been stressed by the Council, we do not yet have a date for repairs to commence.

We will keep Friends up to date as we have more information

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Apr 11
2013

Spring Cleanup Sunday 21st April

Please join us for the annual Spring Clean up on Sunday 21st April  from 2 to 4.30. As usual we will be removing litter from the burn and surrounding area. There will also be an opportunity to plant some additional wild flower plug plants in the new area of meadow which was created last year to be specifically attractive to bees. We also have a few bog plants for those with wellies.

Spring Clean Up 2008 7 (web)
Litter pickers, gloves and equipment will all be supplied along as well as refreshments.

Everyone is welcome – please join us

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Apr 3
2013

Bridge replacement update 5

The new bridge at the south end of the Park has been  in place for a few weeks now but final completion awaits warmer weather . The bridge will be painted black and an application of an anti-skid surface applied as soon as the temperature increases enough for the work to be done. The painting works require temperatures above 5 degrees to cure.

When this has been done the damage to the path and grass areas will be repaired.

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Mar 30
2013

New path created

Thanks to all those that helped move the materials to build the new path at the north end of the Park. It is now open for use. Many tonnes are hardcore have been laid on fabric matting to create a path through the muddy area between the bridge by the main gates and the area to the east of the Braidburn.
New path March 2013

This should allow everyone to enjoy this route whatever their footwear! Hopefully by the end of summer the vegetation at each side of the new path will have recovered and the path will have blended into the surroundings.

 

 

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Mar 25
2013

Easter Saturday path building

If you are a regular user of the Park you will probably be aware that after the bridge at the north (main gates) end was installed a few years ago the increased foot traffic on the grass alongside the burn has eventually created a wide muddy area that is tricky to cross in wet weather without wellies.
This coming weekend the Friends group, with help from the Scouts and Explorers, will be constructing a solid path across this area. If you fancy joining in with this work please come along at 10am on Saturday and lend a hand. There will be lots of barrowing of materials to be done as well as laying the path itself.

Thanks

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Mar 2
2013

AGM 2013 – Sunday 10 March

Your are warmly invited to attend THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Friends of Braidburn Valley Park on Sunday 10th March 2013.

Apologies for absence should be sent to the secretary at info@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk

AGENDA

2.00 pm meet at main gate, Greenbank Crescent
Guided walk about with committee members to witness works carried out over the year. We may be joined by an official from the Council’s Bridges and Structures department to discuss the new bridge at the south end of the Park,
2.30 pm approx.  Greenbank Parish church for refreshments followed by a short business meeting.

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Feb 27
2013

Bridge replacement update 4

The new bridge at the south end of the Park is now in place and the path approaches have been re-instated and tarmaced. Final painting and an application of an anti-skid surface will be carried out in the next few days and it is hoped the bridge will be open for use early next week.

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Feb 18
2013

Bridge replacement update 3 (damage to main gate pillar)

The bridge at the southern, Oxgangs, end of Braidburn Valley Park was condemned for vehicle use a few years ago because part of the structure has cracked. Edinburgh Council decided to replace it with the large, grey, metal bridge that has been stored near the stage in the Park for the last couple of months.

In contracts costing £33,400, the Council appointed Crummock (Scotland) to carry out the engineering work, supervised by Jacobs engineering consultancy. The work began on Tuesday 5th February and is expected to be last 3 weeks. The bridge will be closed during the works, so pedestrians and cyclists have to cross the burn using the next bridge along.

The Friends of Braidburn Valley Park secured the Council’s agreement that the replacement bridge will be coated with an anti-skid surface and will be painted black to reduce the impact, and maintenance of this will be included in future budgets.

Feb 2013

Feb 2013

Unfortunately on Friday 8th February, an unsupervised vehicle hit the west pillar of the main park gates on Greenbank Crescent. The ornamental stonework and plinth have been knocked off and smashed. From Malcolm Cant’s book “The District of Greenbank in Edinburgh” (1998) the pillars and gates previously stood at the entrance lodge to Comiston House and were moved to the park entrance shortly after it opened in 1933. They are listed.

The pillar will be repaired and re-instated and the costs  will be recovered through the insurers of the vehicle that caused the damage. The Friends don’t yet have a time scale for this. The Friends are also monitoring the state of the main path and grass verges as these are becoming increasingly churned up by the flow of heavy vehicles.

If you have any queries about the work please contact Mike Shields, our Community Parks Officer at City of Edinburgh Council (mike.shields@edinburgh.gov.uk or 0131 529 5126).

 

 

 

 

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Feb 4
2013

Bridge replacement update 2

The bridge at the southern (Oxgangs) end of the Park has
been condemned because part of the structure has cracked. It will be replaced shortly with the large grey bridge that has been stored in the Park for the last couple of months . The work will begin on Tuesday 5th February and is expected to be complete within 3 weeks. The bridge will be closed during the works.

The contractor appointed to carry out the work is Crummock (Scotland) Ltd.

An alternative route for pedestrians and cyclists will be provided at all times when existing paths cannot be used due to the works.

If you have any queries about the work please contact Mike Shields, our Community Parks Officer at City of Edinburgh Council (mike.shields@edinburgh.gov.uk  or 0131 529 5126)

 

http://joannakessel.co.uk/courses/courses

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Jan 29
2013

Spring Clean and Butterbur Bash: Sunday 21st April

Please join us for the annual Spring Clean up on Sunday 21st April from 2 to 4pm.As usual we will be removing litter from the burn and surrounding area. In addition  we will also be digging out some of the invasive non-native Butterbur that is smothering the other flora on the banks of the burn.

Waders, litter pickers, tools and refreshments will be provided

Put the date in your diary now.

Removing rubbish from the burn

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Jan 22
2013

Latest Valley Voice now available

The latest issue of the Friends Group newsletter, the ‘Valley Voice’, has just been published. It features a special double page spread to celebrate the 10 years of activities by the  Friends Group in the Park

Click the link below to read the latest issue.

Valley Voice Issue 26

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Jan 16
2013

Bridge Replacement update 1

If you have been to the park recently, you will have noticed a
large, grey metal structure next to the path, near the stage. This is a
replacement for the southern bridge (at the Oxgangs end) which had
been condemned for vehicle use because part of the structure has
cracked. The current bridge is safe for pedestrians, but ultimately
needs to be repaired or replaced.
The Council’s “Bridges and Structures” Department were
donated a spare NHS bridge from the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
and allocated it to Braidburn Valley Park. The Friends Committee
were aware of the proposal, but not the style of the bridge until it
arrived in the park.
The Friends have asked the Council to
1. Apply an anti-skid surface to the metal flooring
2. Paint the whole structure black so that it is less obtrusive
3. Remove the excess railings that will extend into the path further
than the current railings
4. Make good any damage to the access paths and surrounding area
by contractors’ machinery
5. Install an otter holt to give local otters a helping hand
Contracts have been signed and work is due to start shortly. It
will take five weeks and there will be contractors’ cabins and
equipment in the park. The bridge will obviously be closed while
work takes place and no temporary structure has been proposed.
If you have any comments about the replacement bridge,
please contact Mike Shields, Community Parks Officer
(mike.shields@edinburgh.gov.uk)  or 0131 529 5126.

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Dec 11
2012

Edinburgh honoured for dedication to protecting outdoor spaces

Issued by City of Edinburgh Council Monday 3 December 2012

The City of Edinburgh Council was awarded Landowner of the Year at the inaugural Fields in Trust Awards 2012 ceremony that celebrated the achievements of the charity’s programme The Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge.

The honour was for dedicating more sites as part of The Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge than any other UK landowner – a total of 25 sites across Edinburgh.

This commits the Council to dedicating the named sites for the purposes of public recreation, in perpetuity, for the use of the residents of Edinburgh.

In addition to the award, the city was also given £10,000 from Fields in Trust to spend on improving the city’s parks further.

Councillor Jim Orr, the city’s Environment Vice-Convener, said: “Here in Edinburgh we have no shortage of beautiful outdoor spaces and this Council recognises the important role they play in boosting the well-being of communities. I’m delighted that Fields in Trust have recognised our efforts in dedicating many of our green spaces as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

“This will have a lasting legacy for Edinburgh and reaffirms this city’s commitment to protecting our parks and green spaces for future generations.”

Dedicated sites:

  • Easter Drylaw Park
  • Ravelston Park
  • Ravelston Woods
  • Starbank Park
  • Victoria Park
  • Figgate Park
  • Lochend Park
  • Rosefield Park
  • Portobello Golf Course
  • Braidburn Valley Park
  • Hermitage of Braid
  • Blackford Hill
  • Morgan Playing Fields
  • Morningside Park
  • Seven Acre Park
  • Colinton Mains Park
  • Easter Craiglockhart Hill
  • Hailes Quarry Park
  • Harrison Park
  • Saughton Park & Gardens
  • Ferry Glen
  • St Margaret’s Park
  • Union Park
  • Montgomery Street Park
  • Pilrig Park

Fields in Trust was founded in 1925 and is the only national charity working to safeguard and improve outdoor recreational spaces. The Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge aims to protect outdoor recreational spaces as a legacy from HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Nov 17
2012

Bridge replacement

The council will be replacing the bridge over the burn just to the north of the stage area. The replacement bridge has now been delivered and the old bridge will be removed shortly.

Whilst work is done to build the supports for the new bridge this crossing will be out of action. This may take several weeks.

If you have any concerns about the work please contact Mike Shields at The City of Edinburgh Council on 0131 529 5126

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Nov 17
2012

Tree Planting Wed 28th Nov

The Woodland Trust has again kindly provided us with around 400 shrubs and small trees as part of a ‘Wild Harvest’ Community Tree pack. The species are Blackthorn, Dog Rose, Elder, Hazel and Crab Apple.

We are looking for volunteers to help us with the planting of some of the trees for a couple of hours on Wed 28th Nov starting at 2.00pm. We will meet at the bridge nearest the Oxgangs end of the park.

We will supply all necessary tools and instruction but we do recommend stout footwear.

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Sep 6
2012

Park Cleanup Sunday 7th Oct

Please join us for a Clean up on Sunday 7th October  from 2 to 4.30. As usual we will be removing litter from the burn and surrounding area.You may even find a duck from the recent duck race hiding in the undergrowth!

In addition we will also be working on the removal of the invasive butterbur on the banks of the burn.

All tools provided.

Please meet at Greenbank parish church at 1.30 or just join us in the Park late.

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Aug 23
2012

Tea In the Park 2012: Sat 1st Sept

Just over a week to go to this year’s BIG event.
Tea in the Park Fun Day
Saturday, 1st September 2012 from 14:00 – 16:30
As usual the highlight at the end of the day will be the World Famous Duck Race.
There will also be Dance Division – Street Dance and Hip Hop Crew, Magic Ian – Magician and balloon modeller, face painting, raft building, 2 bouncy castles, ceilidh band, beat the goallie, Fire engine, quizzes, bar, cafe and home baking.

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Jul 18
2012

Wild flower meadow planting – help required

Earlier this year we stripped off the turf from an area of grass below the banking of Comiston Road to create a new wildflower meadow with the specific aim of attracting bees. To further enhance this area we will be planting around 250 plants of nectar rich native flowers. These plants were  purchased from Edinburgh City Councils Biodiversity project with money donated by Waitrose.

This planting will take place on Monday 23rd July at 7.30 pm and we need many people as possible to join us to help with this work. Tools and gloves will be provided. Some plants will be put in the flat area of cleared ground and some in the banking behind where bee nest boxess were installed by the local scouts in May.

The species being planted are : Wild Thyme, Vipers Bugloss, Teasel, Melancholy Thistle, Kidney vetch, Greater Knapweed, Marjoram

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

May 10
2012

Friends Group team up with Scouts to help bees

On Saturday 12th May from 10-12.30, the Friends of Braidburn Valley Park will be teaming up with Scouts from Greenbank Church to carry out activities for their Community Week in Braidburn Valley Park. You can find out more about Scout Community Week at http://scouts.org.uk/community/cms.php?pageid=3238 .

With the emphasis on giving service to the local community and wildlife, the Scouts have been focusing their attention on Bumblebees. They have learnt about the loss of habitat that has seen the species decline by 98%. The Scouts are making bee nest boxes which should be a home for up to 40 bumblebees at a time. On Saturday 12th May, the Scouts will dig holes for their nests and position them to the wildflower meadow which the Friends have created in Braidburn Valley Park. For more information about threats to bumblebees see – http://www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk/ .

The Friends of Braidburn Valley Park have recently created a new bee meadow in partnership with the Edinburgh Community Bee Project, using funds from Waitrose.

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Mar 28
2012

New Wildflower Meadow for bees

On Sunday 25th March a team of volunteers stripped off turf from an area close to the base of the banking below Comiston Road. This is in preparation for the creation of a new area of wildflower planting which will be aimed at attracting bees. We are grateful to Waitrose in Morningside who donated funds to us to be able to buy seed and plants. The area will be seeded  with a  nectar rich mix of wildflower seed. Full details of the seed mix can be seen at http://www.scotiaseeds.co.uk/GetNectar-richQuick.php. Plugs plants will be added further up the bank later in the year.

If you're new here and have enjoyed reading this post, why not subscribe to our Latest News updates ? More info

No responses yet

Next Entries »