Category Archives: PEDAL

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

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.

Vacancy for Project Administrator at PEDAL

A vacancy has now opened at PEDAL for a Project Administrator. This post is fun­ded through the Future Jobs Fund.


Project Administrator


Candidates must be aged 18 – 24 and claim­ing Job Seekers Allowance

Closing Date

16th August 2010


The post is for 25 hours a week, is paid at National Minimum Wage and will last for 6 months.

Additional Support

The suc­cess­ful applic­ant will be giv­en addi­tion­al train­ing rel­ev­ant to the post and in-work sup­port from ded­ic­ated Access to Work Coordinators

Please con­tact your Job Centre Plus Advisor to dis­cuss wheth­er you are eli­gible for this vacancy

Please down­load the job description:

Project Administrator Job Description

The Future Jobs Fund pro­gramme is run by The City of Edinburgh Council and Partners

Richard Lochhead MSP visits Orchard to announce CCF Awards

PEDAL has received a Climate Challenge Fund award for a pro­ject which includes devel­op­ment of the orch­ard, plus oth­er food ini­ti­at­ives as well as the intro­duc­tion of energy sav­ing meas­ures for Portobello res­id­ents. The announce­ment of the new Climate Challenge Fund pro­jects was made on Wednesday , 31 March [list of all pro­jects fun­ded in this round are avail­able here].  As part of the announce­ment the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, met up with mem­bers of PEDAL as well as oth­er recip­i­ents of fund­ing at a recep­tion at the King’s Manor hotel.  The event was atten­ded by rep­res­ent­at­ives of Keep Scotland Beautiful, who will admin­is­ter the grants, and Robin Harper MSP, who is also the pro­spect­ive par­lia­ment­ary can­did­ate for the the Green Party for the Westminster con­stitu­ency of Edinburgh East.

The party pro­ceeded to the orch­ard just as it was start­ing to snow but luck­ily some of the Scottish Government rep­res­ent­at­ives had come armed with their wel­lies!  Access to the site was made easi­er in the inclement weath­er by the newly installed path and PEDAL rep­res­ent­at­ives explained our plans for the orch­ard, as well as the energy part of the pro­ject.  A brief photo shoot of the min­is­ter, the MSP and the groups con­cluded the vis­it.  The min­is­ter then had to rush off to see the flood dam­age in Musselburgh, where the River Esk had burst its banks due to the incess­ant rain over the last 24 hours or so — a timely remind­er of the urgent need to tackle cli­mate change perhaps?

Next PEDAL meeting = July 6th


TUESDAY 6th July in PEDAL Office, 90 High Street (unless it is moved for child mind­ing reas­ons — watch this space!)

The new office opened on Saturday 10th January, with a lovely new ban­ner. Lots of light­bulbs were giv­en away, and have been ever since …