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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!

 

 

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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!

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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.

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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. ”

 

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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).

 

 

 

 

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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)

 

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Mar 4
2012

Spring Cleanup Sunday 25th March

Please join us for the annual Spring Clean up on Sunday 25th March from 2 to 4.30. As usual we will be removing litter from the burn and surrounding area. In addition this year we will also be working on the preparation of a new area of meadow which will be planted with wild flowers attractive to bees.

Waders, litter pickers, tools and refreshments are all provided

If you have any comments or questions about this post please email us at info@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk .

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Feb 12
2012

AGM 2012 – Sunday 11 March

Your are cordially invited to attend THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Friends of Braidburn Valley Park on Sunday 11th March 2012. Apologies for absence should be intimated 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
2.30 pm approx. Proceed to Greenbank Parish church for refreshments followed by a short business meeting.

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Jan 14
2012

New Tree Plantings

The City of  Edinburgh Council have planted some new trees in the Park this week. The Friends group were consulted on the species and the planting locations of the trees. There are 10 trees in all with most being native species such as birch, aspen and oak. There are also a few ornamental  species such as an exotic  hawthorn  and a Sweet Gum. The latter, also known as Liquidamber, is from North America and is similar in appearance to a maple. It comes into its own in autumn when the leaves turn a fiery orange red.

Considerable care has been taken to place the trees away from walking (and sledging!) routes with particular attention to maintaining the views to the hills both from the Park and surrounding housing. We hope the trees will thrive and enhance the Park landscape as they grow.

The full list of species planted is :

  • Aspen (3)
  • Downy birch (2)
  • Sessile Oak
  • Black poplar
  • Sweet gum (Liquidamber )
  • Small leaved lime
  • Hawthorn

Why not see if you can find them all?

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Jan 9
2012

Storm Damage

Storm damaged cherry tree

The winds during the storm of 3rd January reached over 100mph on Blackford Hill just to the west of the Braidburn Valley Park. Inevitability there has been some damage to the trees in the Park but not as much as was feared. The main losses are 2 of the old cherry trees on the southern boundary near the wildflower meadow. One has simply snapped where the trunk was rotten but the other was a large healthily tree that keeled over, I suspect, due to the wet ground. This one has thrown up a large root plate but fortunately neither has blocked the path so access is not impeded.

The council have been made aware of these 2 trees as well as the conifer at the main gate. However as you can imagine they are dealing with damage right across the city from the storms so it may be a while before they can clear up these trees.

One of the trees had a nest box attached which has been retrieved and refurbished and will be put up again on a suitable tree shortly, hopefully in time for the nesting season.

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Dec 3
2011

Exhibition of paintings

Anne Gilchrist, a local artist, will be exhibiting some of her paintings in Morningside Public Library shortly.These all have as their theme the water plants of the Braid Burn in the Park

Anne Gilchrist – Water Crowfoot in the Braidburn

The exhibition is being held in the community room  (upstairs) from 15th Dec, when the library re-opens, until 26th January.

The library opening hours are Mon – Thurs 10am to 8pm ; Fri 10am to 5pm and Sat 9am to 1pm

If you have any comments or questions about this post please email us at info@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk .

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Nov 17
2011

Replacement Cherry Trees

Following on from last weekend’s successful planting of shrubs we will be planting 3 replacement cherry trees this Sunday 20th Nov. These will replace the failed trees planted a few years ago beside the burn. The Friends Group along with help from some of the Duke of Edinburgh award volunteers removed the dead trees over the last few weeks. The new trees are large standards (about 3 metres tall).

If you are available do please join us from 2pm onwards to help with the digging, planting and stakes of the new trees.
The council intend to replace the 5 failed cherry trees on the slope up to Comiston Road early in the new year.

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Nov 9
2011

Sun 13th Nov : Help needed for Tree and Shrub planting

The Woodland Trust has 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.

Apologies for the short notice but we are looking for volunteers to help us with the planting of some of the trees for a couple of hours this Sunday (13th Nov) starting at 2.00pm. We will meet at the bridge nearest the Oxgangs end of the park. We propose to carry out the planting on the bank near the new flood defence. Some of the trees will be planted by local schoolchildren in a few weeks time.

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

If you have any comments or questions about this post please email us at info@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk .

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Nov 6
2011

Bird Boxes

Over the last few years the Friends group have put up dozens of nest boxes of various designs on trees in the Park. These have been made and kindly donated by individual and groups. Have you ever wondered how many are used? This is a difficult question to answer without climbing back up ladders to inspect them. However the gales in October knocked one bird box  out of a Whitebeam tree on the eastern side of the park. The contents showed that this had been used recently with a large about of nest material (mostly grass) inside.

Bird Box

The box was slightly damaged but has now been cleaned out and repaired and will be fixed back up in the tree in time for spring and the new nesting season.

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Aug 24
2011

Afternoon Tea in the Park 2011

This years event will take place on Saturday, 03 September 2011
from 14:00 – 16:30.

Entertainment will be provided by Voodoo Unicycles – Extreme Unicycling display team and Magic Ian – Magician and balloon modeller

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

There will also be a plant and produce stall, face painting, raft building, a bouncy castle, ceilidh band,  beat the goallie, Fire engine, quizzes, bar, cafe and home baking.

For full details see the  Afternoon Tea in the Park 2011 poster

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Aug 24
2011

Green Flag award

We are delighted to be able to announce that we have been awarded a Green Flag for the fifth year in succession.

Green Flag 2010 To mark this event, we are holding the Flag Raising Ceremony on Sat 3rd Sept at 1.45pm at the main gates on Greenbank Crescent.

This will coincide with the annual Tea in the Park ‘Fun day’ so come along early and watch the new flag being raised.

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Jun 1
2011

Bees in the Park

With the help of around 25 Girl Guides from Fairmilehead a number of underground nesting chambers for bumble bees have been constructed from plastic flower pots, wire netting and straw. These have been buried near the wildflower meadow with a piece of plastic tubing forming an entrance at the surface.

Bee nest chamber

We are hoping that the bees that are attracted by the flowers in the Wildflower meadow will find these useful as  suitable nesting sites. The large areas of mown grass in the Park provide little in the way of either flowers or nest sites for bees and these nest boxes are the first stage of a series  of work we have planned to improve the habitat for bumblebees in the Park.

I would like to thank the Girl Guides and their leaders for their time and enthusiasm in creating and installing these nest chambers.

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May 10
2011

Can you spare an hour

Can you spare an hour to help look after Braidburn Valley Park? The summer work parties will take place on the first Sunday of every month from 2 to 3pm. The dates are :

Sunday 8th May
Sunday 12th June
Sunday 10th July
Sunday 14th August
Sunday 11th September

This work could include litter picking, stopping the spread of Japanese Butterbur,tree planting, making bee nest boxes and other simple tasks
Tools and training will be provided and we meet at the Main Gates.

Put the dates in your diary now. All Welcome!

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Mar 24
2011

A Belgian connection

A student called Michiel Verledens  who is studying  Journalism at the Artevelde University College in Ghent, Belgium recently approached the Friends Group asking for assistance to make a video report about ‘Friends of Parks’. He is staying at Queen Margaret University with a group of about 50 fellow students. They are working in small groups and each has to do a specific project. Michiel took Parks Friends Groups as his. In Belgium, all public parks are looked after by the state, so he was interested to see how a Friends Group was set up, what it did and how it interacted with ‘government’. Three members of the committee met Michiel on the 21st March. After some preliminary discussion, they walked to the middle bridge, where Michiel chose a back drop looking north for the interview . He posed questions and each of us fed back answers.  We’re sure he found it as interesting as we did.

To view the video that Michiel produced please see http://edinburgh2011.wetpaint.com/page/individueel+stuk+Michiel

If you would like to contact Michiel please send an e-mail to info@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk  and we will forward his contact details.

Charles, Louise and I met Michiel this morning as arranged. He is studying journalism and is staying at Queen Margaret University this week with a group of about 50. They split into smaller groups for projects and each has to do a specific project. Michiel took Parks Friends Groups as his. In Belgium, all public parks are looked after by the state, so he was interested to see how a Friends Group was set up, what it did and how it interacted with ‘government’. After some preliminary discussion, we waked to the middle bridge, where Michiel chose a back drop looking north to interview us. He posed questions and each of us fed back answers. He then filmed us walking through the park having a discussion, which will fill in between questions. We’re sure he found it as interesting as we did. There is a web site where we may view the interview. Obviously it won’t be ‘up’ until he gets back and has done all his editing but I suggest we keep a weather watch on it. The site is: www.overdegrenzen.be and we will have to link to “Edinburgh groep”. Michiel’s surname is Verledens.

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Mar 7
2011

Spring Clean and Wildflower planting

Please join us on Sunday 3rd April from 2pm to 4pm  to help clean up the Park and/ or plant wild flower plant  plugs in the wildflower meadow at the south end of the Park. There will be a chance to clear rubbish from the burn itself if you fancy donning a pair of waders. Litter pickers, bags and waders will be provided. Refreshments will be available.

Removing rubbish from the burn

G CLEAN

and

WILDFLOWER MEADOW PLANTING

Sunday 3rd April

2-4pm

Waders, litter pickers and refreshments are provided

All Welcome!

SPRING CLEAN

and

WILDFLOWER MEADOW PLANTING

Sunday 3rd April

2-4pm

Waders, litter pickers and refreshments are provided

All Welcome!

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Feb 10
2011

AGM 6th March

Your are cordially invited to attend THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Friends of Braidburn Valley Park on Sunday 6th March 2011. Apologies for absence should be intimated 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
  • 2.30 pm approx. dedication of tree in memory of Margaret Ramsay
  • Proceed to Tennis Club pavilion for refreshments followed by a short business meeting.

AGENDA FOR BUSINESS MEETING

1)   Election of Committee for 2011/12

2)   Presentation and adoption of accounts to 31st October 2010

3)   Adoption of changes to Constitution(see below)

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION

In accordance with Clause 9, notice is hereby given that the following changes are made to the Constitution:

Clause 6 delete:

a) The Annual General Meeting shall be held at the end of January or at the beginning of February each year after giving due notice (usually 21 days) to every member

and insert:

b) The Annual general Meeting must be held each year and not more than fifteen months may elapse between successive annual general meetings  after giving due notice (usually 21 days) to every member

Clause 8 delete:

c) The Treasurer shall be responsible for the day to day administration of the accounts. The financial year shall run from 1st November to 31st October. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the preparation of the annual accounts and their submission to the Auditor or an Independent Financial Examiner (not a Management Committee member) authorised by the Management Committee. The accounts of the Friends shall be audited by either of the above. The auditor or Independent Financial Examiner shall be subject to reappointment at each AGM

And insert:

d) The Treasurer shall be responsible for the day to day administration of the accounts. The financial year shall run from 1st November to 31st October. The Treasurer shall be responsible for producing accounts on a cash basis (i.e. a Receipts and Payments account) and for the preparation of the annual accounts and their submission to the Auditor or an Independent Examiner (not a Management Committee member) authorised by the Management Committee.

The existing constitution may be viewed here

Your are cordially invited to attend THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Friends of Braidburn Valley Park on Sunday 6th March 2011

AGENDA

2.00 pm meet at main gate, Greenbank Crescent

Guided walk about with committee members to witness

Your are cordially invited to attend THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Friends of Braidburn Valley Park on Sunday 6th March 2011

AGENDA

2.00 pm meet at main gate, Greenbank Crescent

Guided walk about with committee members to witness works carried out over the year

2.30 pm approx. dedication of tree in memory of Margaret Ramsay

Proceed to Greenbank Church Hall for refreshments followed by a short business meeting.

AGENDA FOR BUSINESS MEETING

1)   Election of Committee for 2011/12

2)   Presentation and adoption of accounts to 31st October 2010

3)   Adoption of changes to Constitution (see attached)

Apologies for absence should be intimated to the secretary (see details below)

works carried out over the year

2.30 pm approx. dedication of tree in memory of Margaret Ramsay

Proceed to Greenbank Church Hall for refreshments followed by a short business meeting.

AGENDA FOR BUSINESS MEETING

1) Election of Committee for 2011/12

2) Presentation and adoption of accounts to 31st October 2010

3) Adoption of changes to Constitution (see attached)

Apologies for absence should be intimated to the secretary (see details below)

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Jan 27
2011

What are those black cones?

The more observant amongst you may have noticed some black cones with frilly tops that have appeared at the base of the cherry tress that were planted at the start of last year. These are designed to protect the base of the tree trunks from damage by strimmers which are used to cut the grass.

strimmer guard

strimmer guard

The friends group will be experimenting with several types of guards to see which are most effective at preventing damage. As well as the black cones there are some cylindrical brown plastic protectors. We have also used cut down sections of wire mesh from some of the older tree plantings to give similar protection from the strimmers on a few trees.

The council intends to spot treat the bases of the new trees with herbicide in the spring to reduce the need for strimming around the new trees.

Let us know which sort of guard you prefer.

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Jan 23
2011

Waxwings

There have been several reports this week of large flocks of Waxwings in areas close to the Park. These spectacular birds which only visit Scotland in the winter are usually seen in flocks and often at the tops of small trees. Look out for them and let us know if you see any in the Park.

Waxwing

In the autumn the birds feed on the berries of Rowan trees,of which there are many in the Park. However at this stage in the winter most berries have been eaten so it would be interesting to know what they are feeding on.

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Dec 19
2010

Valley Voice Winter Issue

The latest edition of the Friends of Braidburn Valley Park newsletter – the Valley Voice – is now available.

View it online here

With snow on the ground and the Park now a major sledging venue it is good to look back to the summer and early autumn and remember how green it used to look!

Featured in this edition are articles on :

  • Tea in the Park, 2010
  • Braidburn Valley Park Cherry Tree Benches
  • Keep That Green Flag Flying
  • Membership Secretary’s Report

We hope you enjoy reading it

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Nov 21
2010

Parks Survey

The council has re-launched the Parks and Greenspace online survey for 2010/11. It has been made more user friendly and concise and so is quicker to complete. The survey is available at

www.edinburgh.gov.uk/parksurvey

We would really appreciate if you take the time to complete the survey for Braidburn Valley Park and any other parks that you use. Your views are extremely important to both the Friends Group and the council.

Thanks

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Aug 29
2010

Autumn Clean Up Sunday 10th October

This year’s Autumn Clean Up will take place on Sunday 10th October 2010 from 2-4pm. As usual there will be the opportunity to get into the burn to clear rubbish but we will also try to cover the whole Park if we have enough people.

Waders, litter pickers and refreshments will be provided.

We will again be sorting the rubbish for re-cycling where possible.

All Welcome!

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Aug 22
2010

Like moths to a flame

On Saturday night Mike Thornton from the Butterfly Conservation Society came to Braidburn Valley Park and gave a fascinating talk about moths and demonstrated several moth traps despite the rain.  Fourteen people came  along to the event  including several very knowledgeable children.

On Sunday morning at 8am (after consuming some freshly made pancakes supplied by a committee member of the Friends Group) Mike showed us the moths that had been caught overnight. Unfortunately the weather was not ideal (cold and windy) but the 5 species of moth caught were all interesting in their own way.

Many thanks to Mike for giving up his Saturday evening and Sunday morning. If anyone would like more information on this type of activity please look at the website http://www.mothscount.org/ where you can find details of moth  trapping events and distribution maps for each moth species.

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Aug 8
2010

Cherry Tree benches

Last autumn a number of the old cherry trees were felled and replaced by new trees in the late winter. We retained some of the larger trunks and these have now been converted into 3 benches.

Cherry tree bench bench detail 1935All of the new benches have now been installed within the area of the cherry tree trefoil at the south end of  the Park with 2 on the path by the burn with one at the top of the slope near the Comiston Road entrance.

The wood for the benches came  from  trees from which were planted in November 1935 by the Guides Association to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary. To maintain this link the date of 1935 has been carved a leg of each bench.

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Aug 7
2010

Afternoon Tea in the Park line up announced

Afternoon Tea in the Park 2010

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Aug 6
2010

Moth Night 21-22 August

A fascinating free chance for everyone  to learn that these nocturnal creatures are anything but dull, and get a taster of moth recording.Moths Count

Join Mike Thornton at the Greenbank Park Gates on Saturday 21 August at 8pm.  On behalf of the Butterfly Conservation Society Mike will talk about moths, and set a harmless light trap overnight to check local moth species and numbers.

Return  on Sunday 22 August at 8 am to see and learn about the moths have been caught before these are safely released

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Jul 21
2010

Green Flag Award ceremony 28th July

You will be delighted to hear that, due to our hard work in the park, we have been awarded a Green Flag for the fourth year in succession.

To mark this event, we are holding a Flag Raising Ceremony on Wednesday 28th July at 10.30 am at the main gates on Greenbank Crescent.

Green Flag 2010

Green Flag 2010

We are hoping to get good media support and we would like to have a good crowd for the event. There will be pipers, refreshments and a children’s’ scavenger hunt.

Please come along and support the committee on the 28th.

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Jun 24
2010

Work Parties – can you spare an hour?

Can you spare an hour a month to work in the Braidburn Valley Park to keep our Green Flag flying?

Assistance is needed with tasks such as :

  • Removing cages from around trees
  • Pruning lower growth from tree trunks
  • Controlling Japanese Butterbur
  • Painting out graffiti
  • Maintaining bird and bat boxes

Work parties meet at the Main Gates on  :

Sundays 4th July, 1st August, 5th September, 3rd October at 2.00 pm

and

Mondays 5th July, 2nd August, 6th September, 4th October at 7.00 pm

No need to book – just turn up. Please contact Andrew Swann  for more details on Tel: 0131 447 5473

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