Programme of Events
The current programme of events
following listed below. Previous years programmes of walks and
are available at this archive
- Opening times for the Tower,
affording fabulous views of Corstorphine Hill and environs.
- Winter programme of evening
talks in the 'Best Western Capital Hotel' on Clermiston Road.
walks around features of interest on Corstorphine Hill (Local
- Coach Trip to Kailzie Gardens. Tuesday 28th May, 2013. The coach
will leave from
the Capital Hotel, Clermiston Road at 10.30am and will leave Peebles at
3.30pm (approx) for return. Open to members and their friends. Seats
will be allocated on a first come basis and notified by
telephone to confirm. The trip requires booking and will cost £14 per
person. Further details and booking form on this link
(or also in Newsletter No. 45 or No.46).
These informal walks are suitable
for all ages and
are designed to introduce the varied plant and animal life of the Hill
to local people. The walks take about two hours
and anyone interested should turn up on the day to join in.
- ‘Bird Watch and Walk’ guided walk. Saturday 4th May.
Guided Birdwatching walk on Corstorphine Hill. This will start at 11am
at the Clermiston Road North car park, and will be led by
Keith Donnelly of the RSPB. This is a good time to see and hear the
summer migrants beginning their nesting , while the limited leaf cover
allows us to see them.
- Wild Plants Walk: ‘Natives, Naturalized & Nasties’ guided walk. Sunday 16th June. Local Botanist and FoCH committee member, Dr. Brian Moffat will lead
a walk showing the great variety of common and uncommon plants on the Hill, starting at 2pm, in the Walled garden.
- ‘Storytelling for Children’ in the Walled
Garden. Sunday 22nd July.
Alette Willis, a well known local children’s
author, will be reading stories for children aged 4-8. Children must be
accompanied by parents/carers. Starts at 2pm in the Walled Garden.
- ‘Butterflies, Bees, and
other Beasties’ guided
walk. Sunday 21st July.
Gordon Swann and David Adamson will lead a hunt, with nets etc
for the smaller inhabitants of the Hill. Nets and bug bottles provided.
Children, old and young, especially those good at catching things
especially welcome! Meet at the Walled Garden at 2pm.
- ‘Trees of Corstorphine Hill’ guided walk. Sunday 4th August. Dr Brian Moffat will show us the variety of trees,
common and uncommon, including the famous Corstophine Sycamore, in a ramble over
Meet at the
Walled Garden at 2pm.
- ‘Fungus Foray’ guided
walk. Sunday 22nd
David Adamson will lead another of his very popular searches for
interesting fungi on the Hill. Suitable for all the family. Meet at the Kaimes/Cairnmuir
car Park at 2pm.
The venue for the talks is the Best
Western Capital Hotel on Clermiston Road. As usual the talks
are free and start at 7.30 pm.
- Wildlife of St Kilda.
By Dr Richard Luxmoore, Senior Nature Conservation Adviser, National
Trust for Scotland. Tuesday 23rd October,
- Water of Leith. By
Helen Brown, Water of Leith Conservation Trust. Tuesday 20th
Bartholomew Archive – A Cartographic Window into Edinburgh’s Past.
By Christopher Fleet, National Library Scotland. Tuesday 12th March,
The walled garden is open every
day. A team of
volunteers open up in the morning and lock up at night in order to
minimise any vandalism and generally keep a eye on the garden. The work
teams open on a Tuesday and close on a Thursday since they are there
anyway. Therefore the garden is open from 11.00 am till 4.00 pm as a
core time. In fact it is open for much longer hours especially in the
summer, depending on how it fits in for the volunteers.
The Friends are pleased to
announce that for the year 2013 the Tower will be
opened by our volunteers for viewing every Sunday
afternoon from 2pm - 4pm
throughout the summer;
starting on Sunday 5th May, until Sunday 29th September.
- START DATE: Sunday 5th May
- at weekly intervals until...
- FINISH DATE: Sunday 29th September
- and also on Saturday 28th September for the Edinburgh
Open Doors Day
For anyone wanting to know more
about the Tower opening or offering to help, contact a committee member
or email email@example.com.