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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

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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

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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.

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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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Jun 11
2010

New benches from Cherry Tree logs

As visitors to the Park will know a number of the old cherry trees were felled last autumn and replaced by new trees in the late winter. We retained some of the larger trunks and after the snow melted these were transferred to the Hermitage of Braid for temporary storage.

Milling of Cherry Tree logs for benches

Milling of Cherry Tree logs. May 2010

The Friends Group have secured a grant from Edinburgh Council South Neighbourhood Partnership to turn these logs into benches.

In late May a mobile sawmill was brought in to mill the logs into usable timber. This is currently seasoning out at Cousland and will be made into 4 benches shortly. These will then be installed in the Park beside the Cherry trees hopefully before the end of the summer.

Cherry Tree Benches

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Jun 6
2010

Afternoon Tea in the Park 2010

This years event will take place on Saturday, 04 September 2010
from 14:00 – 16:30. Put the date in your diaries now.

As usual the highlight will be the World Famous Duck Race.

There will also be a plant and produce stall, face painting, raft building, willow weaving, ceilidh band, vintage cars, beat the goallie, tug of war, orienteering, scavanger hunt, quizzes, cafe and BBQ.

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Mar 9
2010

Annual Park Spring Clean 25th April

This year’s ‘Spring Clean’ will take place on Sunday 25th April 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.

This year for the first time we will be sorting the rubbish for re-cycling where possible.

All Welcome!

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Feb 9
2010

AGM 2010 – Sunday 7th March

This years AGM will be held on Sunday 7th March. We will be following a new format this year with the AGM starting at 2pm at the main gate for a series of short informal walks around the Park accompanied by a member of the committee. This will enable us to explain what we have achieved this year and allow you to tell us what you like or dislike in the Park.
We will then adjourn to the Greenbank Church hall for a short formal session and refreshments.
We hope as many of our members as possible will be able to come along to the event and also enjoy a spring walk in the Park.

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Feb 3
2010

Cycle racks

After a long wait the new cycle racks for the Park have been installed. There are some at the main entrance, at the junction of Greenbank Crescent and Comiston Road, and more in the Park itself just north of the stage area next to the main path. Hopefully when the weather warms up these will be useful as somewhere secure to leave your bike while you enjoy the Park.
Leave the car at home and come by bike!

Many thanks to Mike Shields at the council for organising this work.

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Jan 18
2010

Cherry Tree planting – 27th Feb

The 400 or more cherry trees towards the southern end of the Park were planted in 1935 by the Guides Association in the shape of their emblem – a trefoil.  These trees are now over 70 years old, are in decline and are gradually being replaced with new Cherry Trees

Cherry trees in Braidburn Valley Park

Cherry trees in Braidburn Valley Park

To celebrate the centenary of Girl Guiding 100 new trees will be planted this spring. On Saturday 27th Feb at 2pm over 100 Girl Guides will help plant some of the new trees.
The event will begin at 2pm at the main gate next to the traffic lights and a piper will lead the Guides to the planting site. Refreshments will be available in Greenbank Church hall after the planting and the event is expected to finish around 4pm.

Please come along and help,and be part of this historic event.

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Jan 3
2010

Sledging conditions

The recent snowfalls have provided the best sledging conditions in the Park for many years. All runs have full cover of fresh powdery snow giving excellent conditions.

Sledging scene in Braidburn Valley Park

Sledging scene in Braidburn Valley Park

Bring you sledge, bivvy bag, inflatable dingy or whatever and enjoy yourselves. More snow is forecast for mid week and the conditions are expected to remain good all week.

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Dec 20
2009

Oxgangs Ave Entrance now open

The flood defence work within the Park is now complete and the southern entrance is open again. In the near future trees and shrubs will be planted in this area to replace those that were removed during the work. These will all be of native species to help the wildlife.

Southern Entrance on Oxgangs Ave

Southern Entrance on Oxgangs Ave

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Nov 29
2009

Comiston Springs Ave Entrance

Following the installation of a new set of steps and a handrail by the council at this entrance the Friends group have now cleared back the vegetation to give better sight lines into the Park. The shrubs will soon grow back but will be kept pruned to a lower level to allow passers by to see into the Park. We also intend to plant some bulbs, probably snowdrops, at this entrance.

Comiston Springs Ave Entrance

Comiston Springs Ave Entrance

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Nov 5
2009

Hungarian Cherry expert visits the Park

On Wednesday 4th November we were pleased to welcome Professor János Apostol from Hungary to the Park to look at the Cherry Trees and the replacement programme. Professor Apostol is an expert in the cultivation of cherry trees.

Professor János Apostol visits Bradiburn Valley Park

Professor János Apostol visits Bradiburn Valley Park

He was accompanied by his partner and son as well as Ian Triall the consultant who arranged the visit. Professor Apostol discussed some of the issues around the replanting of the cherry tree trefoil with the tree wardens. The various fungal diseases that affect this species of tree was also talked about. It is hoped that the link with the Hungarian fruit growing institute will be maintained as the tree replacement programme continues over the coming years.

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Oct 4
2009

Cherry Tree Felling

The Cherry Tree Trefoil towards the southern end of the Park was planted in 1935 by the Guides Association in the shape of their emblem – a trefoil. The large numbers of cherry trees (over 400) are planted as avenues alongside the paths and make a magnificent display of pink and white blossom in the spring. These trees are now over 70 years old and in decline.

A program of replacement is started in 2008 with around 50 new trees planted. To help commemorate the centenary of Girl Guiding we will be replacing another 100 trees early next year. In preparation for this some of the trees towards the north end of the trefoil will be felled in October. The council will cordon off the area for safety during the felling so some paths may be closed for a short time.

The replacement trees will be of sufficient size to enable them to flower in the first season and should soon give as good a display of spring blossom as the original trees. We hope to use some of the wood from the felled Cherry Trees to make benches.

If you have any questions about the work please contact either:

The Friends of Braidburn Valley Park tree wardens: TreeWarden@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk Tel: 0131 447 2138 or Mike Shields at Edinburgh Council south.team@edinburgh.gov.uk Tel:  0131 529 5151

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Aug 25
2009

Green Flag award 2009

For the third year running Braidburn Valley Park has been awarded a Green Flag by the Keep Britain Tidy organisation. We are one of only ten parks in Scotland to be given the award this year.

The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces.  The award scheme is a means of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country and creating a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.

The partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council and the Friends of Braidburn Valley Park was key to winning the award.

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Aug 23
2009

Wild flower meadow – August

The wild flower meadow at the south end of the Park has really flourished this year. In the spring the Duke of Edinburgh award volunteers stripped off some extra areas of turf and plug plants from the Scottish Wildlife Trust Jupiter nursery were planted by a youth group from Greenbank Church. These included the magnificent Great Mullein (yellow spike of flowers up to 1 metre high), White campion and Evening primrose all of which are now in bloom. These complement the existing plants that have been planted and sown over the last few years. There are good displays of mauve scabious, mounds of yellow meadow vetchling and purple knapweed at the moment.
Wildflower meadow Aug 2009
The species list on the Wild Flower meadow page has been updated.
Some photos of the meadow taken this month have been added to the Photos page.

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Aug 23
2009

Comiston Springs Ave entrance

This entrance has now been upgraded with a new set of steps replacing the old worn out and dangerous ones. This is especially welcome given that the Oxgangs Avenue entrance is currently closed by the flood defence work.

The new steps

The new steps

Thanks to the City of Edinburgh Council for responding so quickly and effectively to our request for this work.

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Aug 3
2009

Afternoon Tea in the Park. Sat 5th Sept

The annual fun day in Braidburn Valley Park will take place on Saturday 5th September from 2pm until 4.30 pm.

Come and join in the fun – bring a picnic – put the date in your diary now!

Fun Day 2009

Fun Day 2009

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Aug 3
2009

Flood Defence work – Footpath Closure

Flood Defence work

Flood defence work (Oxgangs entrance Aug 2009)

During the week beginning 3rd August Carillion (the contractors undertaking the flood defence work) will begin erecting temporary fencing within the south entrance to the park and close access on Thursday. Notices have been posted at the affected entrance and on Thursday 6th August they will erect the diversion signs and post notices at all entrances to the park. This will allow tree clearance and access construction to start and pile driving will begin w/c 10th of Aug for a period of around 3 weeks. It is likely that the Oxgangs entrance will remain shut until the end of the year.

Oxgangs Ave entrance Oct 2009

Flood defence work (Oxgangs entrance Oct 2009)

There will be opportunity for new planting once the work is done and the Friends Group will be invited to work with the landscaper.

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Aug 2
2009

Cherry Tree Replacement Phase 2

To help commemorate the centenary of Girl Guiding we will be replacing another 100 cherry trees early next year. In preparation for this some of the trees towards the north end of the trefoil will be felled in late July and August. By doing the felling work in the summer we hope to minimise any damage to the ground that could be caused by the heavy machinery required. For more information please contact the Tree Wardens at TreeWarden@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk

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Aug 2
2009

South Morningside Primary 7s Busy in the Park

During the summer term, teams of Primary 7s from South Morningside Primary are visiting the park to carry out practical conservation activities.  They have been seeding new grassy areas, litter picking and cutting back intrusive vegetation.  Thanks very much for their help!

If you are interested in taking part in practical activities in the park, or would like something for your youth group to do, contact info@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk

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Aug 2
2009

New Bicycle Racks for Park

You may have wondered what the concrete square near the grassy amphitheatre and stage was for.  The Friends have been lobbying for bicycle racks in the park as often people arrive by bike but have nowhere to chain it whilst in the park.  It is intended that there will also be a bicycle rack near the main entrance.  However, having laid the concrete base for the cycle rack in the park, there has been a bit of a hitch with Council staffing and we will look forward to progress with this in due course.

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