Thanks to wingpig we learned this week that the new pedestrian bridge has been installed on the Leith – Portobello path.
The bridge is being installed by the council to compliment a new, step-free, path way up to the disused railway embankment from Leith Links. The fencing to the pathway was opened up this morning and this gave an opportunity to check the health of the fruit trees in the Children’s Orchard.
All of this year, they’ve been fenced off by the building contractors. All the people who have volunteered on the site will be pleased to know that no trees seem to have been harmed.
Despite the pretty harsh pruning the trees received this spring to keep them all low, bushy and easy to harvest and the terrible weather this summer there are still some apples to be found.
Also, when work started it was somewhat concerning to see most of the old railway embankment entirely removed by contractors. As the work has progressed, the embankment has been rebuilt, and in fact due to the gradient on the path, it would seem that the new embankment won’t leave the young trees as exposed as some of us had feared.
Indeed, some parts of the orchard may in fact end up more sheltered.
It looks as though building work here may finish just in time for harvest. As well as the odd apple and pear from the trees in the Orchard, foragers should also keep their eyes peeled for raspberries, elderberries, and currents of various kinds in the perimeter hedgerow.
Whilst it’s difficult to tell exactly what state the orchard will be left in – it would seem bits of the perimeter fence have been damaged by the workers – we do plan to put in a couple of funding bids over the winter in order to tidy the orchard up, and possibly extend it along the new and improved path to Portobello.