Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Calders Community Garden

Voting is now open (see previous post ) for the Wester Hailes Health Agency to get a grant from RBS for the Calders Community Garden project. It is a little bit complicated as you have to register but it is free and this is a marvelous project that really needs you votes so please stick with it!

'Below are instructions to register and vote for the Wester Hailes Health Agency to receive vital funds for the continuation of our brilliant community garden. We really, really need your vote so please do not be put off by the long list of instructions below!!

You'll first need to register with the RBS community force website before you can vote for us so please be patient.

Thank you for your support and please pass this email onto anyone you think would be interested.

best wishes from all the volunteers and staff at the Wester Hailes Health Agency.


2. Register to vote by clicking on 'Register' in top right hand corner of page

3. Enter your details including email address and password. you will then be sent an email to your own account.

4. Go into your personal email account and confirm your registeration by clicking the link

5. You will be redirected to the RBS website. log in by entering your email address and password

6. Click on find a project

7. Search for 'Wester Hailes Health Agency' under project name

8. Click on symbol on map

9. Click on read more under blurb

10. Accept terms and conditions

11. Click vote now.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

North Sighthill Demolition

Mixed feelings is the best way to describe the demolition of the North Sighthill high flats today. There were tears from residents recalling fond memories but also hopes for the future and excitement from the crowds who had gathered for the spectacle. For my part I said that this should be seen as the beginning of the process and not the end.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Calders Community Garden Open Day

Just back from The Calders Community Garden Open Day/Fun Day. The weather was OK but the event was tremendous! Dedicated enthusiastic people making a difference to the area, the environment and their own fitness!

Constructing boxes for bees to lay their eggs in for next year ( I have to say I didn't make this box even though I'm holding it!).

As I was being shown round by Joyce from the Wester Hailes Health Agency I was struck with how worthwhile all this activity was however in spite of real partnership working with, for example BCTV, the LPT, the Woodland Trust and the Waterways Trust, funding remains a problem.
The main activity is the 'Green Gym' who walk along from the Health Agency (as a warm up ) and then spend three hours working on the garden. To join in or find out more go to - and click on 'Garden Project & Green Gyms'. Aternatively phone David or Joyce 0131 458 3080

After the 26th September you can show your support for the Green Gym by voting for them to get funding from the RBS Community Force initiative. You can either click on the link below -

or phone 0800 2100 246

NB The vote doesn't start till the 26th Sept. and ends on 23rd Oct. @ 12 noon.

Obviously this would be a fantastic and welcome boost for the project.