What does the Group do?
- Organises community events each year such as the Summer Woodland Fete in June
- Raises funds from local contributions, charitable grants and the CEC
- Sends out a quarterly newsletter to keep local people in touch with recent events and plans for the future
- Takes part in work days with Friends of Craiglockhart Nature Trail
initiates one or more new projects each year
What projects have been undertaken?
- The planting of 400 native trees (gean, rowan, birch, and hazel – donated by CEC) in the area of the demolished building
resurfacing the curling rink to provide community and play space
- Upgrading paths to wheel chair standard
- The planting of a massive 8,500 native bluebells
- New seating and the planting of a wild cherry or gean in the centre of an improved grassy area by the pond
- 14 bat boxes installed in trees to encourage winter hibernation
- The removal of an area of Japanese knotweed (over 3 years) by the stream ready for replanting with native rowans and shrubs. This appears to have been successful.
- A viewing platform in granite sets for the Nature Trail Board by the pond
- Snowdrops planted alongside the paths
- Wild honeysuckle planted along the fence by the Sports Centre
Much of the work has been carried out by volunteers but funds have been used to pay professional contractors where this was necessary.
Most of the trees and shrubs have been donated by the City of Edinburgh Council.
We also meet a few times a year to discuss ongoing issues and projects we are working on, usually with a guest speaker and refreshments.
Would you like to join The Friends of Craiglockhart Woods and Nature Trail?
Membership is free. By joining you will receive our newsletters by email and be entitled to vote at our general meetings.
Please see http://www.eastercraiglockharthill.org/membership for our small online membership form.
We will then add your details to the members register – easy!