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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Fourth BIG DIG 19th February 2012 11 am to 2 pm, Acheson House Courtyard

Geddes Gardeners at the BIG DIG on Wednesday, 15th February 201`2

We have a fourth BIG DIG at Acheson House Courtyard on

 Sunday, 19th February from 11 am to 2 pm. 

We hope to finish the raspberry and gooseberry bushes and the 

pointing there and the pond - we are lining it with clay ( a very messy, but lots of fun, job). 

We also have to prepare some the herb beds.

As you can see from the photos below, gardeners of all ages are welcome.

Also the Herb Afternoon is on Saturday, 18th February from 14:00 to 16:00 at Vocal on 

Johnsons Terrace,north of the Castle.

Hope to see you all soon

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Spring Clean in the Royal Mile 6-8 March 2012

Scotland’s most historic street – the Royal Mile – is to be given a fresh look in time for Spring to improve the look and feel of the area for residents and visitors alike.

The move follows a workshop organised by the City of Edinburgh Council to debate the future of the street, which has a world-wide reputation for its history, architecture and culture. 

Around 100 residents and local businesses and other stakeholders met to agree an action plan to improve the area and a 'spring clean' was one of the actions at the top of the list.

The Council's City Centre and Leith Neighbourhood team are facilitating the event which will run from March 6-8. The team will work with local representatives, including residents and businesses, to identify a programme of work.
Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders are being asked to join in with the work on the Royal Mile from Castle Hill to the Scottish Parliament including some sections of the closes.

The work will focus on making the street 'feel better' to walk in and around, including painting utility boxes and litter bins etc, removing graffiti and weeds and repairs to other property. Volunteers will be encouraged to assist with with some elements of the clean up.

This is also an opportunity for businesses to help add to the impact of the clean up by tidying up their shop fronts where they can.

Cllr Tom Buchanan, Convener of the Economic Development Committee, said: "The project aims to improve the quality of the street in this World Heritage site. We aim to involve as many local residents, businesses and other stakeholders as we can to ensure that the Royal Mile remains a must see destination, and a positive experience for visitors coming to Scotland.  It must also meet the needs of residents who use it every day. This is not just a short-term examination of the street - it will be an ongoing project, with long-term actions."

Other short-term actions from the workshop include appointing a Royal Mile Manager to take the action plan forward for the area.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Ponds and Gooseberries - Big Dig Day Wednesday 15th February 2012

Its the 3rd BIG PLANT day at Acheson House Courtyard

Wednesday, 15th February 2011 from 13:00 to 16:00

at the previous BIG DIG days we have planted fruit trees, about 30 blaeberry bushes and currants.  This BIG DIG we hope to start on our pond and get the raspberries and gooseberries in.


We have lavender and rosemary to plant too.

We are also putting in a small pond/water feature In the middle of the garden.

  So come along and get some fresh air.   If you have gardening gloves bring them along but if not we usually have spare ones.

We will have tea and coffee but feel free to bring biscuits or cakes

Acheson House Courtyard is down Bakehouse Close off Canongate, next to Museum of Edinburgh, opposite Canongate Kirk - see the map here 

Acheson House Courtyard is down the wee close next to the bus stop 

If you want to find out more about the gardening club please email

There are many gardening days coming up (weather permitting)

Please dress warmly and have footwear that is suitable for dirt and digging.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Patrick Geddes Gardening Club Herb Afternoon

Saturday, 18th February 2012
14:00 to 16:00
Vocal, Johnstone's Terrace, opposite the castle.

Julia Cook, Herbalist

I hope you can come to our Herb Afternoon, next Saturday  at Vocal, Johnstone Terrace (opposite Edinburgh Castle), find it on the map here.

Julia Cook will be talking about healing herbs and will take us to Johnstone Terrace Wildlife Garden  owned by the Scottish Wildlife Trust to look for edible and digestive herbs (some just look like weeds and are often treated as weeds).

We also will be finding out out the herbs we will be planting at Granny's Green on 18th March and the herbs to be planted at Acheson House and Canongate Kirk.

The afternoon is sponsored by Comic Relief Scottish Community Foundation and the Co-operative Membership Community Fund therefor is free (though donations to the Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust will be welcome)

Everyone is welcome, if you plan to come please email so we can get an idea of numbers

Please feel free to pass on invitations to this event

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Big Dig continued on Sunday 5th February 2012 13:00 to 16:00

 Blackcurrant, whitecurrants and redcurrants in the wheelbarrow

 Planting the blaeberry boundaries

Digging the holes for the heritage fruit trees

What a lovely day it was for the BIG DIG today - lots of hard work was done planting berries and heritage fruit trees and digging in the compost.  The Acheson Courtyard Community Garden is coming on beautifully.

The next day in the garden will be on Sunday, 5th February 2012 from 13:00 to 16:00 at Acheson Garden at Bakehouse Close, on the Canongate.

Everyone is welcome -please come if you can, bring gloves