WREN Funding success for fence removal!

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We are delighted that our funding application for £40k to construct a new set of steps in place of the security fence that divides the park has been successful.  This will the first large project to be implemented from our masterplan to improve the park and the works should be ready by the summer.

Special thanks to Chris Rankin who has been instrumental in the development of this project and in securing funding, and to Rankin Fraser Landscape Architects who have provided all the necessary design and technical services required to realise what will be a remarkable improvement to the park.  We are of course also indebted to WREN who are providing the majority of the required funds.

Community Orchard

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On the 26th January pupils and staff from Leith Walk Primary, aided and abetted by members of Friends of Montgomery Street Park and coordinated by John Hancox of The Commonwealth Orchard, planted the seeds of what will be a lasting legacy.  Montgomery Street Park now has its very own community orchard.

20 apple trees were planted at the eastern end of the park and include a whole range of tree varieties whose fruit will be, in time, conducive to both cooking and eating fresh from the tree.  The varieties planted include:

Winter Gem - heavy cropping; Doncaster Pearmain - valued for its cider making potential; Blenheim Orange - good for making 'Apple Charlotte'; Red Falstaff - good for juicing; Red Windsor - also known as "Sweet Lilibet"; Red Devil - developed by the influential English apple enthusiast Hugh Ermen; Greensleeves - hard and sharp early in the season but mellows later; James Grieve - a versatile cooker, excellent for juicing; Laxton’s Superb - the definitive late Victorian Dessert apple.

Many thanks and congratulations to all those who helped with such a fruitful event.  Thanks as well to those who contributed their energy to our initial application for funding for the orchard, those who voted for our application at the Leith Decides event and of course the Funders themselves, Leith Neighborhood Partnership.

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the day and from previous event sin your local community park.  If you are looking for more information on the different varieties which constitute our orchard www.orangepippin.com is well worth a visit.

Tree Planting

As many of you know, at the end of 2010, FoMSP was awarded funding from Leith Decides to plant a small apple orchard in Montgomery Street Park. We are all very excited that the community voted to fund the orchard and we hope it will grow to be a great asset to the park and the neighbourhood! The date for planting the trees has been set for:

Wednesday, 26th January

9:30 - 12:15 Help! We need people with strong backs to help dig 20 deep holes!
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch and teas/coffees will be provided.
1:15 - 2:15 Children from Leith Walk Primary will come and plant the trees
2.15 - 3ish We'll need some adult volunteers to help tidy up.

Spades and equipment will be provided, though people should bring gloves and wear old clothes as they will get dirty.

Please pass the word along. If you can spare some time and effort, please come out to help us make Montgomery Street Park brighter, greener, and more fruitful!

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