Citizen Science in the City:

As our bumblebee and wildflower survey programme marches on towards the end of the season, we had a busy August with two wildflower survey days plus one day for the bees. On 6th August, Anna followed the survey session with a special workshop on an ancient photographic technique – producing pretty cyanotype prints to preserve the stunning canal flora in all its glory.

Calders Garden:

In August we had another merry band of volunteers from Adobe helping us with the upkeep of Calders community garden near Edinburgh Park on the western fringes of Edinburgh. The group got our Herb Wheel back in order, did some weeding and strimming, and treated the wooden seats with teak oil to once again provide a little oasis in the city for local residents.


Canal History:

Our Cultural Officer Gemma continues to be out and about across the country keeping the information flowing about the canal. In August delivered a talk on the history of the Union Canal to Currie Balerno Rotary Club. As with all our talks, we hope this will stimulate an interest in the canal among a new group of supporters, encouraging them to use it for all its recreation and health and fitness opportunities as well as perhaps signing up as volunteers to help us keep it looking ship-shape.