Wassail!

We had a great afternoon wassailing in our orchard space a few weeks ago.

An apple wassail is a traditional festival from the West Country, where you scare away the evil spirits from your orchard to encourage a good year’s harvest. There are traditional songs sung but it also includes making lots of noise, banging things, whistles (one tradition is to fire your gun in the sky!) The fruit rees are also decorated and hung with bread, and toasts (with cider traditionally, but we used mulled apple juice) are made to the health of the tree and their roots soaked with cider.

We had our very own Timebank Temptations leading the singing – many thanks to them for their help.

Fingers crossed for a great harvest!

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Winter events at the NEA garden

Getting out in the garden in winter is really beneficial for mind, body and soul!

We’ve been continuing our regular gardening group on a Tuesday afternoon (1.30-4.30) with some extra winter events thrown in to keep us busy.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, 30th Jan

We spent an hour spotting what birdlife comes into the garden. We spotted

1 starling

1 wood pigeon

1 dunnock

1 robin

2 blackbirds

2 blue tits

2 carrion crows

9 house sparrows

and 36 feral pigeons!

Here’s a pic of the starling:

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This week we have been enjoying a flock of waxwings using the garden – feeding on fruit left on the trees for that very purpose!

No pics of the waxwings as yet but they are gorgeous punky looking birds!

The garden project is recruiting!

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As part of our funding from the Big Lottery Fund, we are recruiting for a Garden Assistant to assist with the running and maintenance of our award-winning garden and other associated green spaces.

Salary is £17,300 pro rata for16 hours per week, fixed term 3 years.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 17th November 2016.

Interviews to be held on the morning of Thursday 24th November 2016.

Application packs available from admin@northedinburgharts.co.uk, call 0131 315 2151 or visit us at 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh, EH4 4TZ.

New funding for garden project

We’ve received three year funding to carry on the garden project from the Big Lottery Fund! This will allow us to keep on doing what we’ve been doing for the last 3 years as well as supporting outdoor and environmental activities throughout the area. Great news! We’ll also be recruiting for a gardener and increasing the amount of youth work provision for the garden.

And here’s a pic of the garden in summer to remind you of what it’s like on a glorious day:

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First beach day of the autumn/winter

We’re excited to be heading off on our first beach day of the autumn/winter next Saturday, 15th October, in partnership with Zoo Arts Extra. Artists Alice and Morag will be on hand to lead great creative activities on the beach, plus the usual fire, food, sea and sand.

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Book your place by dropping into NEA, calling 0131 315 2151 or e-mail garden@northedinburgharts.co.uk. More info on the flyer below:

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New funding announced!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the NEA garden project has been awarded three year funding from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland.

With the support of our fantastic community, we have transformed a piece of unused waste land into a magical, creative and inclusive community garden that is open to all. Following the Big Lottery Fund award we are looking forward to developing and building on the wonderful work that has been taking place since the garden opened in June 2014. More news on the activities and opportunities that this grant will bring to our community will follow soon.

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Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said:

“I am delighted that North Edinburgh Arts has been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant. The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish North Edinburgh Arts every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.

Beach Clean 19th Sept

As part of the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Great British Beach Clean, North Edinburgh Arts is heading to the beach on Monday 19th September.

 

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Meeting at NEA at 10.15, we’ll get the bus to the beach at Granton Harbour for a fun morning picking and logging litter levels with games and a picnic snack, returning to NEA for 1pm.

Places are limited so sign up at NEA, call 0131 315 2151 or e-mail garden@northedinburgharts.co.uk.

 

Summer conservation and play trips

As part of our focus on nature, wildlife and landscapes, we’re organising three trips to local green spaces as part of North Edinburgh Art’s summer programme.

Saturday 16th July Forth Quarter Park

Saturday 23rd July Gypsy Brae

Saturday 30th July The beach and foreshore

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At each location, we’ll have a picnic and will have play leaders on hand to lead games and actitvities for children.

We’ll also be doing some citizen science activities, like surveying the pond water at the Forth Quarter Park.

Plus on some of the trips, we’ll have artist Natalie Taylor joining us to lead nature based art activities.

Let’s hope the sun shines!

For more details, contact garden@northedinburgharts.co.uk, call 0131 315 2151 or drop into North Edinburgh Arts itself.

Bioblitz day!

Biolitz day!

On Saturday 9th July we’re running a Bioblitz in the garden as part of our summer programme.

A Bioblitz is an intense period of biological surveying of a greenspace to work out what’s there (see http://www.bnhc.org.uk/bioblitz for more info).

So next Saturday, we’ll be trying to identify as many different species of plants, birds, bugs and beasties as we can over the course of the morning, giving participants the chance to be wildlife explorers in our backyard.

The results from the day will then be submitted our findings to national recording databases to feed into scientific monitoring of wildlife.

The day starts at 9.30am and finishes at 1.30pm – we’ll have drop-in interactivies activities throughout the morning for both children and adults, including bird spotting, nature inpired arts and crafts and bug hunts.

Snacks for kids will be provided and our cafe is open for cakes and hot drinks until 12.

See you there!

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Garden drop-ins at NEA

Every Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning, we have a relaxed gardening session here in the garden. It’s open to anyone over 16 (and children are welcome if accompanied by adults) and usually focuses on growing fruit and vegetables (although there are always tasks for people who love hard digging!)

The weather’s been dreich this week, so here’s what the garden looks like the glorious sun of last month.

Garden drop-ins are Tuesday 2-5 and Friday 10-12.

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