As this photo shows it was way back in the spring of 2010 when we established the Leith Links Children’s Orchard, with the help of loads of local school kids.
This summer we got our first fruit from the orchard, with some trees doing really well.
Each year, we try to organise at least one event to help keep the orchard well maintained. This year we’ve set-up something that should be pretty fun for all involved.
Our 2012 workday will provide a great opportunity to get fit, do good for your ‘hood, and learn a new skill all in a couple of hours on the 11th of February.
There are three ways you can help out. You’re welcome to pick and choose which parts you get involved in – but please do consider coming down and pitching in.
The three things that we’ve got planned are: The Leith Good Gym Pilot, Tree pruning, and Litter Picking.
Everything will start at 10am on the 11th of February.
Taking part in the organised jog is by no means obligitory…
The Leith Good Gym
We’re working with two well kent Leithers – personal fitness trainer and Leith’s own healthy living guru – Tracy Griffen – and Leith FM DJ, jogger and local blogger Leah Lockhart – to set up a regular Leith Good Gym.
What’s a “Good Gym?” you may well ask – We’ve been inspired by the original Good Gym Project in London, and we’re trying to figure out whether something similar would work in Leith.
This will be the first pilot event in Leith – so if are a regular runner in Leith, or if you’ve recently cancelled your gym subscription and are looking for something new – join us for the first Leith Good Gym. The meet-up is at 10am outside the Leith Franklin Cricket Club, club house on the links.
Tracy and Leah then plan to take you on a bit of a jog – with the aim of arriving at the Leith Links Childen’s Orchard in order to get stuck into one or both of the following…
Fruit Tree Pruning with the RBGE Edible Gardening Project
We’re also delighted to be able to work with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edible Gardening project to offer people a chance to learn the skills of pruning fruit trees properly.
There’s space for a maximum of 20 people on this free course, led by Leith resident and Botanics professional gardener Ben Dell.
So, if you want to book a place please do get in touch as soon as possible. We’ve specifically reserved 10 places for people who live in postcode areas EH5-EH7 – Leith and round about. So, don’t be shy.
For more information on this free training event and how to book a place click here.
Childrens Orchard litter pick, bulb plant, and tree moving.
Council officers will be there on the day too, and they’re going to bring all the kit we need to do a proper clean-up of the area. After all the winter gales – it seems that every plastic bag in Leith has ended up in the orchard.
Also, we need to move a handful of the trees we planted, to make way for a new cycle path that will be built through part of the orchard. Work is due to start on the ramp in a matter of weeks after the clean-up, so we need to save the trees.
Lastly, if we’re lucky the council may have some bulbs left over that we can plant in the orchard to give it a bit of spring colour.
If we have enough people we’ll also aim to do a litter pick of more than just the Children’s Orchard itself.
Assuming the catering gods look upon us favourably there will also be free soup from the marvelous cafe at Out of the Blue, for the first 20 people who manage to last until lunchtime.
What you need to bring:
Please bring with you footwear appropriate to the task. If you’re running, obviously some trainers you don’t mind getting dirty. If you’re not running something more robust might be a good idea.
As this is Scotland in February, you should probably bring with you a waterproof jacket.
If you are less than 18 years old, you are more than welcome, but you should bring an adult who you think is willing to take responsibility for you.
In the unlikley event we get more than 20 folk then you might want to bring enough cash to supplement the free food.
If you’ve got any questions then please ask them in the comments below, or if they are questions that you’d rather not ask in public, please do click here to send us an email.