Environment

COUNCIL GRAPPLES GRAFFITI

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 28/10/2020 - 10:50

THERE'S ALWAYS CLEANING FLUID, BUT IS IT THE SOLUTION?

Councillors on the Culture & Communities Cmte last month approved a Report on Edinburgh Council’s Graffiti Strategy.

The Report comes at a time when anecdotal evidence suggests graffiti – or at least the repetitive territorial marks known as ‘tags’ as opposed to ‘street-art’ – have become more prevalent across the city.

ANYONE FOR LANDSCAPING?

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 04/08/2020 - 10:08

Over recent months, the grounds of Drummond Tennis Club by East Scotland Street Lane have been energised and transformed by long-term member and general groundsman John Foxwell.

The approach-lane behind Bellevue Crescent has been completely cleared of rampant nettles, and an exciting flower/shrub bed is envisaged.

By the east of the pavilion, a veritable Wimbledon lawn has been established for loungers and picnickers.

MORE CONSULTATION YET TO COME

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 03/07/2020 - 08:45

COUNCIL HASNT BLOWN £840K ON ONE QUESTIONNAIRE

On Wednesday, Spurtle reported the launch earlier in the week of a Council-backed questionnaire on the future use and maintenance of Edinburgh’s green spaces.

Our correspondent constructively criticised the survey’s lack of depth, its conflation of spaces, muddled phrasing, and technical shortcomings that make it diifficult and unreliable to use.

PROBLEMS WITH COUNCIL’S GREENSPACE CONSULTATION

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 06:38

SURVEYS BEG MORE QUESTIONS THAN THEY ASK

City of Edinburgh Council has launched a new three-part consultation on how to enhance, protect, and care for the city’s parks and greenspaces over the next 30 years.

The Thriving Green Spaces Project is a partnership between the Council’s Parks, Greenspaces and Cemeteries Service and Greenspace Scotland, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust, Edinburgh University, and the Edinburgh Green Spaces Forum.

BOTANICS REOPEN IN 1 WEEK'S TIME

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 24/06/2020 - 10:36

The Royal Botanic Garden will reopen to the public on Wednesday 1 July.

But be aware. If you want to visit the oasis in Inverleith, you’ll need to book a free time slot online before you turn up. You can do so HERE.

The pre-booking requirement applies to everyone, including members, carers, children, and babies (up to 8 people per booking) between 10am and 5pm (last entry at 4.45pm).

MIDNIGHT CHOP IN WARRISTON

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 11/06/2020 - 07:54

When Eildon Street residents woke yesterday morning, they found that a tree on the boundary between their road and Warriston Playing Fields had been cut down in the night.

This seems to have been no officially sanctioned felling, or a random slash in the dark by a drunken teenager.

The substantial elder was systematically taken down with a hand saw in secret between 11pm and 7am.

One neighbour, who described the act of vandalism as ‘horrific’, told Spurtle, ‘Locals are fuming and children are devastated as it was a great climbing tree and they used it as a den.’

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL, NO. 1

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 21/03/2020 - 06:59

Congratulations to the Council for the superb beds of spring flowers on the Broughton Street/Mansfield Place roundabout. 

Sometimes these sites are rather bland and ‘serviceable’ in Miss Jean Brodie terms. But just now there is a radiant and variegated mix of bulbs to gladden the hearts of all Wordsworthian spirits. 

Keep up the good work!—JRM

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