The Autumn meeting of FoMBL will take place on 4/11/13, when we will be guests of the Edinburgh University Students Association, in the Dining Room, Teviot Row House, Bristo Square at 7:30 pm. Speaking will be EUSA President Hugh Murdoch, and Edinburgh Council tree expert Steven Webley on "Trees in the City".
Clean Up Edinburgh
The City of Edinburgh Council are launching a new anti litter campaign. For more information see this leaflet.
Common Good Land
Parks like the Meadows are common good land and belong to the people of Edinburgh and should not be exploited for commercial gain.
There is a petition asking The Scottish Government to return our local assets to the local people they were gifted. We hope you will sign this Petition
Anyone for Chess?
You can now hire chess pieces to use on the giant chess board on the Links See the details.
See our Letters page. Your correspondence is invited! Please write to email@example.com
Would you like to help us with some little jobs around the Meadows and Links? If so look here.
North Meadow Walk Latest
Improvements have been made to North Meadow Walk, including resufacing, widening in places, and better markings. Just some "snagging issues" to sort out. Should be completed by the end of September.
New Rules for Parks
The City of Edinburgh Coucil has published new Management Rules for Public Parks and Greenspace, which came into force in February 2013. You can look at them here.
There is more about barbecues below
, and on our Current Issues page,
but at this point we would like to let you know about recent moves - the 'pilot scheme' has run for a while and the Council has to decide what to do next. The FoMBL committee is of the opinion that the Meadows would be better if there were no barbecues, and we have written to the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership to that effect. See what we have written here.
Barbecue damage to the Meadows and Links is one of the things that concerns us.
The scene on the Meadows in the warm weather in March 2012. (Front page of the Scotsman, 28/3/12. Photo Ian Rutherford)
Our advice - if you do barbecue on the Meadows or the Links:
- Use one of the BBQ slabs or a barbecue on a stand
- Don't put a hot barbecue on the grass
- Wait for it to cool before you dispose of it
- Please take your rubbish home - the bins aren't big enough
- Don't ever BBQ on the golf course or the cricket squares
See the Council's leaflet on responsible barbecue use here.
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.