Despite the weather, around 17 people braved the wind and rain to give a couple of volunteer hours to help clean-up the local paths and green spaces around St Mark’s Park.
Thanks go to all the local folk who came to help out, including the staff of Anderson Place business, Toshiba Medical Visualisation Systems Europe, who pitched in to help out. Between us all we managed to liberate numerous bags of rubbish from the park, the community woodland, around the Water of Leith at Rebraes Weir and along the path network.
And proving that fortune favours the brave – by the time Out of the Blue turned up to deliver a batch of their much appreciated hot soup and rolls using their rather nice Christiania Bike, the weather cleared up and the sun had come out.
— Allan Rogers (@roghino70) April 14, 2013
Thanks also to The Broughton Spurtle, The Friends of the Water of Leith Basin, The Innertube Map, and Leith Central Community Council for helping to promote the event. And of course we should give one final, but very important thanks, to Gerry, and the other council staff working that Sunday, for providing all the equipment we needed and for taking all the rubbish away at the end of the day.
The St Mark’s Park event that Greener Leith organised was part of a “day of action” along the North Edinburgh path network which was organised by local SUSTRANS volunteers. A series of other groups tackled different sections of the path all the way around to Blackhall. An early estimate suggested about 40 volunteers, possibly more, volunteered somewhere on the network. Other people tweeted some photos from these other events too.
Our hoard from a morning clearing rubbish on Edinburgh cycle network with hard working volunteers @SustEdinCleanup pic.twitter.com/oI2soLpkJi
— Johann (@TartanBikeTours) April 14, 2013
Many thanks North East Edinburgh Scouts on litter picking duty under Granton Road with @SustEdinCleanup pic.twitter.com/YAEgHMPUFU
— The Innertube map (@innertubemap) April 14, 2013
— Hart's Cyclery (@harts_cyclery) April 14, 2013
Keeping these traffic free paths clean and attractive is important, as we know that the quality of these paths can be a significant factor in encouraging more people to choose to walk or cycle for short journeys.