Community Orchard Funding Secured!


Great News!

Our proposal for funding for an orchard was successful at the Leith Decides event on Saturday the 27th November.  This means we will be awarded £800.00 towards the cost of buying and planting apple trees for the park!  This is a project which the Friends of Montgomery Street Park will be undertaking alongside staff and pupils at Leith Walk Primary.

Head Teacher Stewart Crabb wrote to say how excited they are at the prospect:

“The orchard project presents a wonderful opportunity for the school to become further involved in the community. Our children would be involved from the planting stage through growing and harvest of the apples. This presents children with a chance to grow an interest and curiosity for trees. The harvesting stage would help us encourage healthy eating.”

This will be a great addition to your local park and will leave a legacy for many generations to come, improving the attractiveness of the park and the area (for birds and insects as too); create an ongoing educational resource for Leith Walk Primary, and other local schools; help absorb carbon and reduce food air miles; provide a focus for community events such as an autumn apple pressing festival and provide a source of free healthy food for everyone!

They say “the best time to plant a fruit tree is 20 years ago but the next best time is now!”  (well, after the snow has thawed anyway!)

Many thanks to all who undertook the great effort involved in the preparation of the funding application and presentation of our ‘pitch’ at the Leith Decides event, particularly Chris Rankin, Julienne Thurrott and Christine Rigouleau as well as John Hancox of the Commonwealth Orchard and of course everyone who voted for our proposal on the day!

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Summer Fair - Thank you!


Many thanks to all who helped with the huge amount of organisation which ensured such a successful day in particular Sarah Pratico who gave very generously of her time (and that of her extended family!).

Without the help of all the following, the day could not have happened - Anna Chopping provided poster design and Sam Kendrick helped with printing; Mira Knoche organised and coordinated the performances in the poetry tent; Robin provided and set up the tent; Kris Wright helped with setting up and taking down as well as transport; Julie Britee of London Road Church lent us all the chairs; Nina Taris at Word of Mouth Café made cup cakes and brownies, supplied cups for refreshments stall, lent us her PA and provided transport; Mar Rubio provided excellent illustrations for the poster; Ross Whitton provided transport helped with set up and take down; David Borthwick set up and manned Frisbee stall and helped with the take down; Devon DeCelles helped man Frisbee stall and then with take down; Anna & Mike Christopherson at Pearce's lent us their BBQ; Franco Pratico made and cooked the burgers amongst many other things; Fabio at Manna House provided storage, and his megaphone; Paul Homoky led the fancy dress parade with great aplomb; Malcolm Chisholm thoughtfully judged and decorated the winners; Gail Shearer and family helped man the refreshments stall; Lynn Spencely helped man the refreshments stall & made a lovely cake; Lynn Grant helped with the take down; Dorothy Kidd supplied us with bunting; Deirdre Fitzpatrick organised and ran the tombola stall; Diane Watters made a delicious cake; Catherine Somerville beautifully painted faces; Ritchie Fraser and Jennifer Johnstone helped with Council approval and a park clean before the event; Linda & Kenny (Half way to Bara) played lovely music; Linda Somerville helped set up; Rachael Robinson ran the cake decoration stall; Mr & Mrs Robinson ran the book stall amongst many many other things; Richard Lindsay ran the holey moley & helped take down; Peter Bream and Chris Mack athletically helped with take down.

Sincere thanks to all those who came along and contributed to the Poetry and Performance Yurt:

Barbara Munro,  Kevin Cadwallender,  Jane Cormack,  Sean Cartwright, David Forbes,  Lucy McIver,  Duffy,  Anita Govan,  The Wild Myrtles,  Lucy McIver,  Victor Pope,  Jacq Kelly,  Julienne Thurrott,  Tasca Shadix,  Ross, Dean James  &  Jack.

We are very grateful to those who were Stall Holders on the day:

Eero & Riley - Suzanne Gibson; Wood carving - John Spencely; Rigul Trust - Albert Harris; Time Out Health and Beauty - Debbie Armstrong; Artist - Mariusz Jasiolek; Colony of Artists - Laura Homoky; Harajuku Kitchen - Kaori Simpson; Out of the Blue – Megan; Edinburgh Community Backgreen Association - Greig & Sophie Preston

In addition the following businesses donated prizes for the tombola:

Garlands, The Cats Miaow, Eero and Riley, Cornelius, Manna House, Filling place, Lyceum Theatre, Filmhouse, Edinburgh Leisure, Flower Evolution, Camera Obscura, Di Maggio’s, The Scotch Whisky Experience, Capital Pets, East Side Bikes, Abbeyhill Fish and Chips, A & A Traders, Yoga Stable, Word of Mouth Cafe.

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