Saturday 19 May, 10.30 am – open visit to the Community Gardens and Orchard in Portobello

The next visit in the Eat, Meet and Talk series – is our own Orchard!
Meet outside Brunstane Railway Station at 10.30 am

Volunteers in Portobello have planted around 90 fruit­ing trees such as apples, pears, plums and cher­ries, par­tic­u­larly focus­ing on a range of unusual, old and local vari­et­ies. They are also plant­ing soft fruit bushes such as cur­rants and goose­ber­ries, and have plans to plant trees such as wil­low and hazel that can be used for cop­picing and to make fen­cing or seat­ing for the area, or for craft activ­it­ies such as bas­ket weaving. They have installed bee hives and there is an act­ive and trained bee-keeping group. The gardens are an example of how voluntary enthusiasm and effort can transform vacant ground into productive land in the city. The visit will tell you about the reality behind making a project like this happen.

Please email Eva Schonveld eva [at] transitionscotland [dot] org to let her know if you plan to come to this event, or if you need any more information.

>>> Reports of the visit to Whitmuir Organics and the talks by Eleanor Cunningham of the Edinburgh Larder and Denise Walton of Peelham Farm are now available on the ELFN web-site: http://www.edinburghfood.org/

Next event – 7 June John Fletcher of Fletchers Venison, Auchtermuchty, 7 pm, Edinburgh Larder.

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