Category Archives: Volunteering

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

Pedal powered cinema at Occupy & Transition films, 5th and 12th December

Two films over two weeks re-launching the Transition film evenings (note different times and venues);
*Please keep an eye out for this monthly regular event starting Jan 2012*

Mon 5th Dec. 6pm : Pedal-powered cinema!! with Occupy Edinburgh and Powerpod
Venue : Occupy, St Andrew Square
Screening : Money As Debt

Please come ready to cycle power the film keeping you warm at the same time!!

Money as Debt is a short animated documentary by Paul Grignon about the monetary systems practised through modern banking. The film presents the process of money creation by banks and warns of the economic system itself being the root causes of monetary instability.

* If anyone can bring their bike along to help power the film, we’d appreciate more bikes (with flat surfaced tires)!! Please let Roland know on ; rolandplayle [at] yahoo [dot] com

Mon 12th Dec. 7.30pm
Venue : Brass Monkey pub, 14 Drummond St.
Screening : Age of Stupid

Age of Stupid – film/documentary narrated by an archivist in 2050, looking back and asking `Why didn’t we save ourselves when we had the chance? Director Franny Armstrong (McLibel) used the “crowd-funding” model to finance the film, and then spent four years following seven real people’s stories from around the world to be interweaved: an Indian entrepreneur struggling to start a new low-cost airline, a Shell employee in New Orleans who rescued more than 100 people during Hurricane Katrina, an 82-year-old French mountain guide watching his beloved glaciers melt, two Iraqi refugee children searching for their elder brother, a young woman living in desperate poverty in Nigeria’s richest oil area and a windfarm developer in Britain battling those who don’t want his turbines to spoil their view.

! Help needed !
We need some help promoting and flyering this event which will be a regular monthly gathering from Jan 2012. If you can take some flyers / posters away to put in public places, we’d be grateful for any support. Likewise anyone who can spend an hour or two taking a stroll around your local shops, cafes and libraries to put up posters, will be much loved by many !

Bike route Ambassadors needed!

The Bike Station is looking to recruit ten volunteer “bike route ambassadors” for a new social media project in Edinburgh. The ambassadors will help to promote a new map of Edinburgh’s extensive off-road cycle routes and walkways, many of which are based on old train lines that once ran through the city.

The Innertube Map is based on the classic London Tube Map, and aims to raise awareness of the city’s impressive network of routes. 30,000 copies of the map have just been printed, and the team behind the project recently received funding from The People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund to take the project to a whole new level.

The role of the ambassadors will be to cover different sections of the route near to where they live for both a group blog and an interactive online version of the map.

They’ll be trained to use multimedia 3G phones so that they can blog, tweet, and take geo-tagged photos, videos and audio recordings of what’s happening on and around the routes, and draw attention to problems like fly-tipping and litter where they occur.

You don’t have to be a cyclist to become one of  the ambassadors – all sorts of people use the routes, for everything from walking their dogs to horse riding. But we are looking for people who are active and engaged local citizens, interested in the potential of the routes, and ideally interested in learning about social media.

You’ll also receive bike safety and maintenance training, and will help project partners Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust in important conservation work on some of the routes around the city.

If you’re interested in becoming an ambassador you can email innertubemap [at] gmail [dot] com for more information about the role.


Planting Week at Greendykes Allotments

Greendykes Organic Allotments are holding a Planting Week between 4-11th March. To kick start things they are looking for volunteers to help plant 200 native trees on 4th March between 10am – 2pm.

Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Bring spades or extra plants if you have them!

For further information please contact Brian Shields on 0131 6613504 (wk) or 0131 6605351 (hm) or brian [dot] shields [at] edinburgh [dot] gov [dot] uk

Local Food Links Meeting

Local Food Links

Tuesday 25th January from 7-9pm

Portobello Community Centre

At the last Local Food Links get together we talked about what we wanted to to achieve in a years time…now we want to get things moving!

We want to bring together as many people as pos­sible who have been involved in PEDAL’s food pro­jects,  and people who are inter­ested in local food but haven’t yet man­aged to get involved.  Folk will be able to choose the topic they’re most keen on and work with oth­ers to plan what can be done over the next year.

There are existing projects like Fruitful Porty or the Portobello Organic Market, which has been incredibly successful, but is only funded until the end of March, so it needs volunteers if it is to continue being the great community event it is.  As well as ideas for new projects raising local food awareness or setting up a community shop.

So, if you are interested in the future of local food in Portobello, come along!

We hope to see you there!

For more information on the first local food links meeting see our earlier posting and food page

First Portobello Organic Market does a roaring trade!

The first Portobello Organic Market took place on a very sunny Saturday 4th September. Over a period of four hours, more than one thousand people descended on Brighton Park to buy lovely local and organic food, drink and crafts. Initial feedback from several local traders suggests that the event had a very positive effect on High Street businesses too.

The market was officially opened with a short speech and ribbon cutting by Councillor Tom Buchanan, Convenor of Economic Development at City of Edinburgh Council.

The market will continue to run on the first Saturday of every month, from 10am to 2pm in Brighton Park. We are looking to ensure future events reflect the feedback we have received – in particular we aim to change the layout of stalls to reduce crowding, and to have a wider range of produce for sale as well as stalls selling teas/coffees and hot and cold snacks.

You can view more information about the Organic Market and how to book a stall via these links.

Volunteering opportunities with PEDAL

We have a great pro­gram of events hap­pen­ing over the next few months, includ­ing three Organic mar­kets, a car-free day and an allot­ment open day. If you can spare an hour or two to help out on a stall, set up stalls and dis­plays, or as a stew­ard at any of these events then please let us know. To find out more, visit our volunteering page to see what opportunities are available, or ring PEDAL on 0131 258 4483.