Join Greenspace Trust for balsam bashing on Monday!

Posted on 02/08/2014 by


banner-home01Balsam bashing, anyone? Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust are going to be busy on Monday – would you like to get involved too?

There is an afternoon of events taking place at King George V Park at Canonmills, just through the tunnel after the Tesco on the cycle path, this coming Monday.

12-2pm – the Inverleith Quest, which culminates in the park – a treasure hunt organised by Inverleith Neighbourhood Partnership, starting from Stockbridge

2-4pm – Parkour display in the park – watch some Parkour, be inspired and find out how to take part and get involved

2-4pm – Park Family Fun event – to mark the opening of the new play park area, there will be a barbecue and activities, including a portable football pitch and possible also circus skills classes…

There is a bit more information about the Quest here:

ELGT are running more activities along the cycle paths in the coming months. Our aim is to get people to come down and try the paths, have a go at getting involved in conservation and other activities in the surrounding woodlands, and to help make the area a nicer place to visit. Chopping back undergrowth and overhanging branches will hopefully make the paths feel safer.

Balsam bashing

So, please see the attached flyer (above) for an activity this coming Monday evening for Himalayan Balsam bashing – i.e. getting people to come along and help clear the plants before the flowers seed and spread. I can’t find a way of describing it which doesn’t make it sound like hard work – but it is actually a great way of spending an hour or so, and very satisfying!

We will be organising more sessions in the coming months, including tree clearing, ivy cutting, path creation etc – if you would like to get involved, either as an individual or as an organisation, please let us know. We would love to be able to host your group or participants down on the paths.

Mark Sydenham
Fundraising and Marketing Manager | Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust