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.
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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?”


New art work sprouts in the garden

Natalie, our artist-in-residence, has produced a new art work for the garden walls. Working with art students at Craigroyston High School, the walls of the garden are adorned with sprayed illustrations of germinating seeds.

Here’s a taster of the works:

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Each picture depicts a pea or bean seed germinating and were created from the pupil’s drawings, which were blown up to create stencils. The students came down to North Edinburgh Arts at the end of term to spray them themselves.


Seed drawing

The art work is a permanent installation on the walls of the garden and adds extra colour and interest to our already imaginative green space. Do come for a look!

Otesha play and workshops coming to North Edinburgh Arts

We’re delighted that Otesha are coming to North Edinburgh Arts in August. Otesha is mobile community of young people cycling Scotland visiting schools, youth clubs and communities holding workshops and permorming plays connecting global environmental issues with every day lives.

More details on the exact workshops will be released sooner to the time, but we’re excited that they’re previous tours included making wallets out of tetrapaks, bike maintenance and, good for us, food growing.


Otesha poster