Friends AGM

Notice Of Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at 6pm

in

McDonald Road Library (Nelson Hall)

GUEST SPEAKER:

Richard Dark who is Fundraising and Communications Manager for the Tree Time Initiative.

“The Valuable Role played by our City Trees”

It has been calculated that Edinburgh needs to plant 6,500 trees every year over the coming years to compensate for those we lose through old age and disease.

The AGM starts at 6pm and the Speaker at 6.30

refreshments will be served prior to the AGM

ALL WELCOME

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The Friends go West!

Group

On Wednesday 29th May, seven Friends of Hopetoun Crescent Garden took the 44 bus out to the Water of Leith Visitor Centre at Slateford for our Annual Walk.  There we met up with Helen, our walk leader, and experienced a truly wonderful walk with a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic leader.

Less than 10 minutes into the walk upstream, we spent a lot of time watching a female otter1otter as she hunted for fish – and learnt that female otters like about 24 miles of river to themselves!

We learnt a great deal about the history of the Water of Leith; of the mills along its length; of the various wealthy land owners and the flora and fauna of the river.

It was an inspiring, over an hour long walk, and we wished more members had been able to come along.

Thanks to Olive Hill for organising and especially thanks to Helen Brown  for opening our eyes to the beauty on our doorstep.

AND DON’T FORGET THE GARDEN PARTY ON THE 23RD OF JUNE!!!

FOOD WINE AND MUSIC.

There are a some pictures from the walk in the Gallery here.

 

Spring Newsletter

The 2018 Friends AGM  

Our 16th AGM was held on Monday evening 1st October 2018 in McDonald Road library,    with a good attendance of 27 members.

The formal business comprised reports from Chair Eileen Dickie and Treasurer Maggie McClure on the previous year’s activities, including our ever popular Garden Party (more information on this elsewhere in the newsletter).

Our committee for 2018-19 is ………..
Chair                  Eileen Dickie
Vice Chair         vacant (due to the departure from Edinburgh of Bren Knights)
Secretary          Christine Savill
Treasurer         Maggie McClure
Members          Kathleen Hughes, Olive Hill, Mitchell Manson & Andrew Johnson

Our invited speaker this year was Charlotte Neary who is Community and Volunteer Coordinator for the Water of Leith Conservation Trust.    She spoke in detail about the work of the Trust in conserving and enhancing the habitat of the river for the benefit of both the wildlife and the visitors.   The majority of this work is carried out by around 150 volunteers.    The Water of Leith is a precious resource, a green corridor with nearly 13 miles of walkway through the middle of our city, much of it hidden from sight.    It also has an impressive industrial history having once supported 76 water mills.     The Trust has a Visitor Centre at Slateford which has a wealth of information and some hands-on displays – fun for all the family.

Thanks to all those who contributed to this Newsletter.  Special thanks are   due once again to Hacking & Paterson, 103 East London Street, for colour printing this Newsletter for the Friends.

THE 2018 GARDEN PARTY

Plans to hold the Garden Party on 26th August had to be cancelled at the last minute in view of the awful weather forecast.  Turned out to be a good decision in the end as the rain poured down that day.  We rescheduled for the 2nd September and were rewarded with a dry day and even the occasional sunny spells.

Garden P 1

Antonio & Tony

Unfortunately this meant that the band could not attend as they were booked elsewhere. However it was a lovely afternoon and well attended by all age groups. You will find a good selection of pictures on our website. Conversation flowed along with the refreshments for which we must again thank Tony from Vittoria’s. The pizza and pasta were great, as was the liquid refreshment!

We are planning the Garden Party for 2019 and intend to reinstate the practice of holding it earlier in the summer before the height of the tourist season and before the festival gets underway. So look out for more information on that coming soon!

Garden P 2

Scott Thomson (our Park Officer) offered FHCG these tree markers to replace the very badly vandalised plaques.   After a lot of thought, and after seeing one destined for Figgate Park, we were pleased to say yes.    We think that they will weather in time, and we hope young folk will enjoy making rubbings of the leaves.

Unfortunately, the information on the post for the Monkey Puzzle is not accurate – we hope that this will be corrected in the very near future.

There have been a few adverse comments about these posts.  If you would like to be part of any future decision making and discussions with our Parks Officer and Ranger, PLEASE volunteer to join the Committee.   Don’t wait for the AGM later in the year. Act now!         

Phone 0131 557 9912 or e-mail: secretary@hopetouncrescentgarden.org.uk

Thanks to the unknown Garden Fairies who regularly pick up litter in HCG.    They Garden fairiesnearly make the monthly clean-ups redundant  – except that these are a good way of meeting the neighbours and Friends.

 

 

If anyone has any photographs taken in HCG, which you would like to see on the website or in the next Newsletter please send to: eileen.hopetoun@blueyonder.co.uk       © will be acknowledged.

 

PAth 1

Tidying up the edges of the paths and the flags at the gates.

 

PAth 2

A new path through the centre of the Garden -– laid in October 2018

Paint

Spray painting in Sept 2018 – very quickly cleaned