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Save Our Meadows

The Campaign continues

Parks Events Survey

The Council wold like to know how events in parks went this year. There are some Meadows events that you may wish to comment on. To read more click here. To go straight to the survey, click here.

Jawbones returning?

Work is now completed preparing for the return of the Jawbones, but it looks as if it will be January 2017 before they are back Read more.

Parks at Risk

Bitain's parks are at risk. There’s no legal responsibility to look after them. To read more and sign the petition click here.

Newsletter 44

Newsletter 44, Autumn 2016, is now published and can be found here.

Older Newsletters

Older Newsletters can be found on our Newsletters page.

No Change for Events

The Council has said "No" to 15 day events. The policy remains at 23 days for Festival Fringe events. Despite a deputation lead by FoMBL Convener, Heather Goodare, Green Party councillors failed in their bid to change the policy. Read more....


The Council is updating Edinburgh’s Open Space Strategy, which was first published in 2010. You can have your say. Click here.

What now for Sick Kids?

Sick Kids is moving to Little France - so what happens to the old building?

See the PAGSK leaflet


There are always little jobs to be done around the Meadows and Links. Once a month a team of volunteers goes out to tackle some of them. You are welcome to join us on the last Saturday of the month, 10:00 am.

See our Volunteering page for details, and read reports of recent sessions.


Planning a BBQ on the Meadows or Links?

Watch our video.

Read this report.

See where they are permitted.

Trees and birds

One of our members is making a blog with some lovely pictures of trees, birds, etc. taken on the Meadows. Do have a look.

General Maczek Memorial

Progress is being made towards putting in the memorial bench for General Maczek. Read the report.

Recovering from Cancer?

Move More might be just what you need.

Read about it here.

Birds on the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links

The Meadows and Links are great places for bird spotting. Click here to see a poster of birds you can see on the Meadows and Links, and here to see our pictures of redwings, winter visitors to the Meadows.

Bat Survey

Would you like to help with this year's Bat survey? If so

follow this link.

Theatres Newsletter

The Meadows lies between the Festival Theatre and the Kings Theatre. They have sent us their newsletter, in which they say they will be organising walks between their theatres. We hope they will be walking through the Meadows.

See the Newsletter.

Children Volunteering

Each Tuesday in November 26 children from P6 at George Heriots come to the Meadows to rake up leaves, plant bulbs and help with other jobs around the park. The quantity of leaves raked up has been massive, and the bulbs (both daffodils and crocuses) have been planted along the foot of the mural.



We are delighted to announce that a project which has been in gestation for the last nine months has now been born. It takes the form of a mural sited on the wall of the Scottish Power substation.


Commemorative Tree

Congratulations and thanks to Audrey Simon, who has kept in mind our obligation to mark the planting of a tree on Bruntsfield Links (near the Golf Tavern) to commemorate the founding of the Friends of Parks Forum in more.

Wild flower plot

A new wild flower plot has been created on the Meadows. Read about it here.

Anyone for Chess?

You can now hire chess pieces to use on the giant chess board on the Links See the details.

Letters Page

See our Letters page. Your correspondence is invited! Please write to

Meadows Chamber Orchestra

Although they are nothing to do with FoMBL, the orchestra are good friends of ours, so we like to give them some publicity here.

For further information see their website.

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