Updated on 7 August, 2017

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Programme of Events

The current programme of events includes the following listed below. Previous years programmes of walks and talks are available at this archive page link.

Annual General Meeting - Thursday 30 March 2017

The Dower House, St Margaret’s Park, 7.30pm

After the meeting there will be a social get together with drinks and nibbles as a little thank you to all our volunteers for their work.

Summer Programme

Summer programme of walks, year 2017

We have an exciting and varied walks programme again this year, we hope something for everyone.

  • Saturday 6th May 9am – 11am: Bird Walk
    We will meet at the 'Rest and Be Thankful' benches overlooking Murrayfield Golf Course. Aim would be to see and hear characteristic woodland/heathland breeding birds, with particular emphasis upon the songs of up to 4 species of visiting warblers.

  • Sunday 21st May: Herb Walk by Dr Brian Moffat
    Meet at the Walled Garden 2pm

  • Sunday 23rd July: Trees of Corstorphine Hill
    Brian Moffat will lead a walk to show the interesting variety of trees to be seen on the Hill. Meet in the Walled Garden at 2pm.

  • Sunday 20th August: Hunt for small creatures – Bees, Butterflies and other bugs.
    This is a family event so bring small hunters, with a small clear plastic screwtop jar and magnifier if you have them. Meet in the Walled Garden at 2pm.

Remember to visit the Walled Garden, which is at its best in Spring and Summer. The garden is cared for by Friends volunteers and is open every day.

  • Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September: Edinburgh Doors Open days.
    We will open the Tower 2-4 pm both days. We usually get lots of visitors so again, volunteers to help at the Tower would be welcome.

  • Sunday 1st October: Family Fungus Foray led by David Adamson
    Find and identify these hidden occupants of the Hill which are visible mainly in the autumn. Meet at Kaimes Road car park at 2 pm.

Events for Schools & Youth Groups

We are able to offer guided walks over the hill to look at its wildlife, history, geology or just a general ramble. This could include a visit to the Tower if conditions are suitable. We can also advise on environmental projects; we have run half day plant survey projects for Primary School pupils, and also offer experiences helping in the Walled Garden, or joining work parties on the Hill to clear undergrowth and invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam and Salmonberry from the Nature Reserve. Please make contact through the website or to the Chairman.

Walled Garden Opening

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.

Tower Opening

The Friends are pleased to announce that this year the Tower will be opened by our volunteers for viewing every Sunday afternoon from 2 pm until 4 pm, starting on Sunday 7 May, until Sunday 24 September. It will also be open 2-4 pm on Saturday 23 September for Edinburgh Doors Open weekend. From October to May the Tower may be opened to groups of visitors if weather conditions are suitable. Please contact the Chairman to arrange.

  • START DATE: Sunday 7 May
    at weekly intervals until...

  • FINISH DATE: Sunday 24 September

*** Edinburgh Doors Open Days: ***
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 September.

For anyone wanting to know more about the Tower opening or offering to help, contact a committee member or email gandmswann@gmail.com


Current Newsletter:

Summer 2017, Newsletter no. 59 (1.1mB pdf)

Recent Newsletters:

Earlier Archived Newsletters: click here