My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports.
In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association.
After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014.
My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.
Whenever you buy coop products and use your membership card you will be contributing to the ongoing work to regenerate the garden, increase biodiversity and maximise use of the space for the local community. Thank you!
Much work has been completed in the garden over the past week or two. Thanks to such efficient workers from SCOTBARK laying bark chips and pathways in the centre of the garden.
A wide selection of Spring Bulbs has been planted, really looking forward to seeing them appear next spring.
Some photos of the mammoth Spring bulb planting. What a difference that machine makes to plant bulbs. Looks a bit like moles have been busy.
Many thanks also to our EC Park Manager and Rangers The grass was cut for the last time before winter yesterday and the rangers helped blow all the leaves into piles for our Leaf Mulch compost bin. So much achieved in so short time.
Scottish International Storytelling Festival event on Wednesday 20th of October “FOLK TALES FROM THE GARDEN” in Hopetoun Crescent Garden, Edinburgh.
Donald Smith, Festival Director conducted a guided walk and talk looking at the trees and plants etc in our garden. Michael Kerins entertained the young children with his lovely stories of “Stone Soup “and ” Wee Tom”
Great to see some of the children from our local nursery schools attending with parents, grandparents and carers.
The nursery school Bright Horizons want to help maintain a small section of the garden for us and would like to get some of the parents to generally help on a Saturday from 10.30 to 12.30 weather permitting.
We are delighted with their enthusiasm so another really wonderful side to the community coming together.
Thank you to everyone who attended our first storytelling event.
In all, a lovely day with good weather.
Our very grateful thanks to all the wonderful helpers who put up and took down the gazebo, sold home baked cakes, cards and mugs and then cleared up as well. Thank you also to Margaret and Stewart Wright for their very kind gift of all the mugs to sell.
Much appreciated. Everyone is now looking forward to getting the woodchip, logs etc in on Monday. Watch this space.
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a “Places Called Home” grant of £4,750 from The National Lottery Community Fund and IKEA UK. A very welcome boost to our work to increase use of the garden through cultural events, regeneration of the barren areas and a sensory play area for children. Follow our progress on this site!