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


Forth Quarter Park Photo: the NEN

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, 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 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!


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.


Easter progamme in the garden

We had a great mix of activities going on in and around the garden here at North Edinburgh Arts.

Activities included nature based rap and music, a wiggling worm workshop,  play, picnic and pond dipping at the Forth Quarter Park, rabbit-fit, pot upcycling and an Eco-easter egg workshop.

We had 47 individuals attending 5 events over 2 weeks – what a great turnout!

Here are some pics of the highlights







Beach day!

As part of our funding from Scottish Natural Heritage, we’ve been running more activities encouraging people to get out enjoying their local wild places. In February and March, we ran two successful Beach Days in partnership with Zoo Arts Extra, another North Edinburgh Arts project.

Both trips had great attendence. We headed from NEA down to the beach at West Shore Rd, for an afternoon of sea, sand, fire, food and art.

And here’s some pics from the days.


Zoo Arts will be back running Beach Days in autumn – the idea is to encourage people to the beach in the colder months when they wouldn’t normally go themselves.

Garden project shortlisted in the Planning & Placemaking Awards

We’re delighted to announce that the garden project here at NEA has been nominated in the Regional – Scotland category of the Planning and Placemaking Awards.

The Awards recognise achievement in improving the physical or environmental quality of a place or the economic or social well-being of a community (and, we think, the garden project does both!)




The Awards will be presented in June… fingers crossed.



This Feb, the garden project at NEA is joining forces with Zoo Arts to host a beach day. Hurrah!
On beach days, we aim to have fun, relax, enjoy the outdoors and create art together. These trips are suitable for everyone and food is provided so we can really make a day of it.
Feb beach day5
The next beach day is on Saturday 27th Feb, leaving NEA at 12 noon and returning for 4.30pm. Children over 8 can come by themselves but must hand in a permission slip from their parents.
Donations are welcome towards cost of food and materials.
See you there!

Wassail and Imbolc celebration

We had a great wassail and Imbolc lantern event on Friday – a lantern workshop led by Natalie in the morning and a procession in the garden in the late afternoon. We also foraged for our own willow to make lanterns on Imbolc iteself, 2nd Feb, at the Forth Quarter Park (no pics I’m afraid, it was windy and wet!).

Imbolc is a pagan celebration of the coming of spring and is held on 2nd Feb, halfway between the winter equinox (21st Dec) and spring equinox (21st March). It’s a festival of light, also called Candlemas.

Wassailing is also held in late winter and is an old English tradition to scare away evil spirits from your fruit trees and encourage a good harvest in the coming year.

So,we scared away the evil spirits with noise and light and sang to our fruit trees! (And the bits of bread in the tree are to appease the tree spirits and feed them well until the next harvest). And celebrated the coming of spring with lanterns and mulled apple juice.

“Oh apple, apple tree,
we have come to wassail thee.
Will you bear some fruit for me
When the season changes?”