Category Archives: PEDAL

Portobello Market, Saturday 6th May

A chilly start to spring but there’s always a warm welcome at the Portobello Market. The next one is on Saturday 6th May. Gates open at 9.30am and the market runs until 1.30pm in Brighton Park, Brighton Place, Portobello.

Pop over to the market page to see the full list of 25 traders attending.

Please Like & Share our Facebook page, PortyMarket.

Next market is on Saturday 3rd June.

Electric Bungalow Community Garden


Members of the Electric Bungalow Community Garden would like to thank the wider community in Portobello for all their support and encouragement after the garden on Bath Street was bulldozed last Thursday.

bath st memorial

Please feel free to drop by and add something (perhaps draw a flower on the pavement, weave cloth or wool into the fence) to add to our memorial just outside.

The group is considering our next steps and will post plans on the facebook group and the PEDAL website in due course.

PEDAL ‘Street Level’ – make it happen on your street!


Would you love to have a street party on your street — but never got round to mak­ing it hap­pen? Or do you think car-sharing with a few people who live close by would make sense, but you’re not sure how to go about it? Maybe you think it’s crazy that 10 people in your street have a lawn mower, when you could all just use the same one?

If so, Street Level may be for you.

It’s not complicated – just the chance to bring together a bunch of people who’d like to start something good on their street – so they can share a bit of moral and prac­tical sup­port. Let’s get together, share ideas and resources and sup­port one another to make good things hap­pen on our streets.

The kinds of things we might do are:

Organise street parties

Join Streetbank

Get on-street bike storage

Start community gardens

Build on-street planters/trees

Make or commission public art

Share chickens

Start food/solar/insulation co-ops…

… stuff like that.

If you’re interested, email info [at] pedalporty [dot] org or call Eva

Wassailing cancelled due to persistent rain

We have reluctantly just decided to cancel the wassailing today due to the weather. Sorry! – and we hope you see this in time. We didn’t think it would be much fun for a few die-hards to be singing in the rain and that it wouldn’t achieve the purpose of getting folk together for a nice community event and encouraging more folk to come to the orchard. But we do hope to re-arrange and will keep you posted.

We have had two energetic singing workshops to learn the wassail songs – including one with young people at Woodcraft last night – so there is a band of great wassailers ready to go. 

Portobello Market, Saturday 3rd August

Will the heat wave come to the market!? Who knows, but it doesn’t matter either way because there’s always a warm atmosphere and lots of fun to be had at the market.

There’ll be live music and face painting of course.

It’s been a great year so far for Portobello Market, and August looks like a bumper crop of traders, the most so far this year. We’ll even have a real espresso coffee van on site! Woohoo! 

Our loyal regulars are there with their organic meats, breads, fruit & veg, oils, cheeses, candles, soaps and garden furniture, together with crafts, outdoor garden furniture, plants, natural remedies & therapies. The list goes on. Amazing variety!

Check out the PEDAL website for more details and for a full list of stallholders.

So come along between 9.30 and 1.30 at Brighton Park on Brighton Place, Portobello, and join in the fun.

Portobello Market, Saturday 3rd March

Satrurday 3rd March is Portobello Market day!

This month we’ve got award winning oils, fresh fish and meats, artisan cheeses, unique snacks, hand made soaps, cards and gifts, seasonal vegetable, sushi and noodles, organic herbal teas, knitted gifts, Fair Trade products and a first class BBQ for those hungry mouths

So come along on the 3rd and support your local sustainable market and find out about the exciting developments for the next market in April.

Where: Brighton Park, Brighton Place, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1LJ

When: 9.30am – 1.30pm

A full list of stallholders for 3rd March is available here.

Stay warm and save money this winter with PEDAL’s free energy saving guide

PEDAL has produced a guide to saving energy at home, written by energy experts and available on-line and in paper copy. The booklet answers some frequently asked questions and suggests a range of ways you can make your home more energy efficient – from using energy saving products to changing the way you run your home, and from installing insulation to generating your own renewable energy.

There are lots of tips with checklists in this booklet for you to record what you’ve looked at and done. We’ve included actions that are appropriate for older houses and tenements, as well as newly built ones.

You can download a copy here – PEDAL Energy Saving Booklet

Printed copies are available from:

  • Portobello Library
  • Portobello Town Hall
  • Portobello Community Centre (Adelphi Grove)
  • Portobello Swim Centre (Promenade)
  • Earthy (Windsor Place)
  • Woodwares (Portobello High Street)
  • Citizens Advice Bureau (Bath Street)
  • St James’ Church Hall (Rosefield Place)
  • Portobello Old Parish Church (Bellfield Street)
  • St Phillip’s Church Hall (Brunstane Road North)
  • Portobello Market (Brighton Park, first Saturday of every month)

Get your Porty branded T-shirts!

A must-have for Porty fans near and far!

Home sweet home t-shirtPrice £12.50 for adults, £9 for kids.

We have 2 styles both made from Fairtrade cotton, I Love Porty and our popular Home Sweet Home design complete with grid co-ordinates for Porty Prom.

All sizes available in festive red or white — S–XL standard fit and 10–16 lady fit plus 4 children’s sizes to suit age 5–13. We also have some in Porty pink, royal blue or grey for the ladies.

Get your orders in quickly in time to catch the Xmas post! Call 0131 669 1124 — we can deliver locally…

Exciting dates for your diary!

Saturday Aug 27th 2-30-4.30 – Local Currency Event

Join us at Old Parish Church Hall, Belfield Street, to discuss how to get an Edinburgh-wide local currency in place by this time next year (for more information, scroll down to the earlier post on the subject).

Saturday Sept 3rd – Next Organic Market in Brighton Park

This will be the 1st anniversary of the market and – as well as the wonderful stalls – will include:

– a series of brief inspiring films from 10.30 and an organic picnic (bring your own food or buy at the market) from 12.30 as PEDAL becomes one of 12 communities across Scotland hosting a ‘Blasta’ event celebrating Local Food. (Blasta is Gaelic for ‘tasty’).

– a Big Things On The Beach public art event from 10 called TOXME which you are invited to participate in, an event which highlights the toxic chemicals we are exposed to in our daily foods and lives.

Sunday Sept 4th – POD’s Portobello Village Fair (2-5)

As well as contributing to the light-hearted home grown vegetables competition, PEDAL will have  two stalls: one for the Orchard and bee keeping group, and one to enable people to ask questions about our proposed community-owned Turbine.

Saturday Sept 24th – Car Free Day (set off at 2)

– Meet at 2pm at the Cake Stand at the bottom of Marlborough Street to cycle along the Prom to the beach below the proposed Turbine site at Seafield, or join  us at the orchard anytime after 10 for the monthly work day and Equinox celebrations and then cycle down to join everyone for the 2pm start.

– This year kids are going to need to persuade their parents to help them dress up their bike beforehand, and we will be encouraging rowers, canoests and sailors to join us in demonstrating fossil fuel free travel! We may even stretch to a time trial: seeing how well a car, a bike, a skateboard, a skiff do racing against each other if none of them are fossil fueled!

PEDAL AGM and Creating our Future Now! event

Over 50 local people crammed into the Baptist Church Hall on Thursday 18th June for the PEDAL AGM and Creating our Future Now! event. Many left proudly wearing their new hot off the press PEDAL t-shirts (available from the PEDAL stall at Portobello Organic Market – get yours quick before they sell out!) and abuzz with the infectious energy that filled the hall.

PEDAL has had a busy and challenging year. Looking back to our March 2010 AGM we were introducing our newly appointed CCF project workers, launching the food and energy projects and frantically looking for another office. And now, only 15 months later we have said good bye to all the workers, moved into and out of the Baileyfield office and have just launched the joint community wind turbine project with Greener Leith on the energyshare website. Not much time for standing still! Continue reading