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Donkeyfield Orchard

...ndalism. Local school pupils have been involved in creating bespoke ceramic labels for all 90 trees, and we have also given a series of talks in local primary and secondary schools on fruit growing and food miles and demonstrating apple pressing. Orchard workdays Location of Orchard More Orchard photos Coverage in The Scotsman: Green group plants seed of idea for free orchard The apple press and crusher are available for local grou...

Car Free Day Bike & Boat Parade!

...nt to use photos of this and other events happening across the planet today to project onto the UN building in New York and let the powers that be know that the people will carry on leading until the leaders follow: “Here in Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland, the sun shone and 50 folk turned out on their bicycles to celebrate a world moving beyond fossil fuels. “Another dozen folk on rowing skiffs from our local rowing club joined in...

Castle’ Credit Union

...ew full-time member of staff.  So why not enquire about saving with them today, making sure you get a competitive rate of interest and your money helps people in the area who are on low incomes? The co-operative can help members who save a little regularly with to get a very low-cost loan for the essentials in life, for example a reconditioned fridge, or a ‘starter pack’ when they take on their own tenancy for the first time, or spr...

A short plea from the Energyshare voting event in London

...A short plea by video from volunteer and turbine project stalwart Chas Booth on why you should vote for the Porty & Leith Community Wind Energy Project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zGKjgL6fjI Chas was speaking from the Energyshare final voting event in London today. Thanks for representing, Chas! You can vote for us (before 5PM) at www.energyshare.com/voting...

Transport

...poses: A Portobello Car Sharing Pool: providing facilities to allow car shares, with local maintenance. Local Bike Pools: locally maintained, with several stations around Portobello. Covered and secure bike racks on backgreens or roads. Clearly these are just a couple of proposals. We’d really like to hear your thoughts on these and any other suggestions you might have. Please have a look at the Community Carbon Reduction Plan being...

Fintry Film Launch: A Scottish Village Benefits from Wind Energy

...ng the money to the benefit of the entire community. Fintry Development Trust manage the income stream from the turbine and has provided free insulation to more than half of the households in the village and is now embarking on new ambitious projects to eventually make Fintry a sustainable, zero waste and zero carbon community. Wind of Change follows the Fintry community as it carries out a number of these projects such as ins...

£72,000 Wind Turbine grant funding announced!

...s of the renewable energy resources that Edinburgh has on it’s doorstep.” Today’s award will enable PEDAL to carry out a range of technical studies and seek planning permission, plus legal agreements with landowners. The turbine being considered would be 47.5 metres from the base to the tip of the blade. If planning permission is granted, PEDAL would be looking for a bank loan to meet the £470,000 costs involved in buying and con...

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 si...

Wassail

Sorry  today’s event is unfortunately cancelled due to persistent rain.  You are all invited to the wassail at PEDAL’s Donkeyfield Community Orchard on Saturday 25th January at 2pm — 4pm. January is wassailing time.  This is traditionally the time for singing rowdy songs in orchards to celebrate the harvest from the previous year, chase away evil spirits and so ensure a good crop in the coming season.  Please bring noise maki...

Motion in Parliament for Turbine Support

...cottish National Party) placed the following motion in the Scottish Parliament: Motion S4M-01448 — Rob Gibson (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross) (Scottish National Party) : Vote, Vote, Vote for Strathpeffer, Portobello and Leith That the Parliament congratulates Strathpeffer Community Centre in Ross-shire and Portobello and Leith Community Wind Energy Project in Edinburgh for making it through to the final round of voting in the Energyshare.c...