Category Archives: Composting

Feeding the 5,000: 12-4pm, 5th October, Bristo Square and Potterrow

On Saturday 5th October, in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, 5,000 people will be invited to share a delicious free meal from ingredients that might otherwise have been thrown away.

 Time: October 5, 2013 from 12pm to 4pm
Location: Bristo Square and Potterrow
Organized By: Nourish Scotland

Event Description:
On Saturday 5th October, in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, 5,000 people will be invited to share a delicious free meal created by volunteers, celebrity chefs and community groups from ingredients that might otherwise have been thrown away. The meal will be served between noon and 4pm. 
This will be the very first time that Scotland has hosted a Feeding the5000 event ( and follows events in cities around the world including London, Sydney and New York.
This event is being co-ordinated by Nourish Scotland in close co-operation with several partners including the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Students’ Association , the City of Edinburgh Council and Zero Waste Scotland.
The festival will raise the public’s awareness of the whole food agenda and provide everyone with an opportunity to contribute to a big conversation about what sort of food strategy we would like for Edinburgh in the coming years and decades. 
You can find out more about Edible Edinburgh at:
If you would like to volunteer, there are 3 different volunteering opportunities. Please apply through EUSA’s volunteering website to the volunteer role that you would like to take on using the links below.
NOTE: If you are not a student at the University of Edinburgh then you will NOT be able to apply through EUSA volunteering website but look at the different roles listed and instead please with a short application including your:

Which role you are interested in
Availability for that role
Whether you can attend the training if applicable for that role
E-mail address
Phone number.

3 Volunteer Roles:
Social researcher –
Steward –
Practical volunteer (setting up the event) –
If you need further information about the event, please email
We hope that you will join us on 5th October in Bristo Square for this exciting event!

See more details and RSVP on Nourish Scotland:

Apple Festival, 12-4pm, 6th October at the Botanics

Apple Festival

From 12.00 noon — 4.00 pm at the John Hope Gateway

An annual celebration of apples. The Saturday will feature apple advice and identification from 10am whilst the Sunday will include apple juice tasting. See and taste a wide selection of apple varieties from 12pm both days, and find out how to grow them yourself.

This event is also running from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 5 October.

With the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

2 day Introduction to Permaculture

22/23 January 2011

Colinton Community Compost,


EH13 0PQ

Sliding scale price from £45-£75 – but please don’t let money be the reason you don’t attend.

For more information and a booking form, contact James Chapman –

07790 265883 or 01337 842277 james [at] tree-wise-men [dot] com

PEDAL Growing & Gardening Fair – THIS SATURDAY!

Saturday 7th August 2010

Portobello Town Hall

11am to 4pm

Experts Question Time at 2.30pm

As part of PEDAL’s Food projects for 2010, we are having a Growing & Gardening Fair at the Town Hall.  Come along to this FREE event and find out more about growing your own fruit & vegetables, composting and more!

Stalls and advice to get you started or help you out of a rut, plus Experts Question Time at 2.30pm.

Tea & Cakes!

There will be stalls on composting, information about organic food, PEDAL food projects, PEDAL Energy Projects and others. If you’ve ever wondered what the Guerilla Gardeners are up to behind the town hall, they will be there to tell you all about it.  Members of the Orchard Group will also be on hand to talk about the Donkeyfield community orchard on Brunstane Road, and tell you how you can get involved.

For those of you who are really addicted to veggies there will be a crafty corner where you can learn to knit your own vegetable accessories!

Then at 2:30 our panel of experts will take to the stage to answer your questions.  Questions will be chosen from those posted on the question board thoughout the day.

Dig In Porty! Free courses on growing your own veg

Would you be interested in learning to grow more of your own fruit and veg?

We hope to offer a short course over 4 Saturdays, beginning on the 29th of May at Telferton Allotments. At the moment we are only able to offer the course to six people on a first-come, first-served basis. This course on growing Spring and Summer Greens will cover the theory and practice of digging, understanding your soil, compost, seed sowing  and care of your plants.

If there is sufficient interest we’d like to run other courses on how to grow in raised beds & containers, and on growing potatoes.

Courses are being offered free, although there will be a small charge (£10) to cover the cost of seeds and some materials.

If you or someone you know is interested in these courses, or in being kept informed of other courses PEDAL may offer in the future, please contact Peter (peter [at] pedal-porty [dot] org [dot] uk) or Polly (polly [at] pedal-porty [dot] org [dot] uk).

We look forward to hearing from you!

Porty Community Growing Space

Porty Community Garden Poster (click to download larger version for printing)

Porty Community Garden Poster (click to download larger version for printing)

Edinburgh Community Gardening Activists & PEDAL have teamed up to turn a large neglected garden area at the back of Porty Town Hall into a community growing space—Food ‘n’ Flowers! If you would like the opportunity to have a bash at growing a few veggies, or even just help out, please get in touch for more details!

If you have any old/unused gardening tools you’d like to donate, please let us know!

Work days are held most weekends (usually a Sunday)—details are on our blogsite but the next few are:

  • Sun 30th August, 2–5pm
  • Sat 5th Sept, 2–5pm
  • Sun 13th Sept, 2–5pm
  • Sat 19th Sept, 2–5pm

You’ll need to wear sensible old clothing and gardening gloves. Bring any tools (spades, forks, loppers etc) if you have them!

Become a Rebel Tomato for some gardening fun and a bit of hard work!

Contact: Lucy on (0131) 669 7201 or E-mail: Edinburghguerrillagardeners [at] live [dot] co [dot] uk