Updated on 7 November, 2018

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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.

Evening Talks

Winter programme of evening talks, year 2018 - 2019

All talks will be held in the Leonardo Hotel (formerly Capital Hotel), Clermiston Road, Edinburgh, at 7.30pm

  • Wednesday 24th October 2018: 'The Edinburgh Shoreline Project.'
    This is a project run by The Scottish Wildlife Trust, and the City of Edinburgh Council to involve and inform local people about our shoreline which extends from Queensferry to Joppa. Events are occurring until March next year to do with the history, environment and wildlife of the shoreline.
    Talk by Charlotte Johnson, the director of the project.
    Edinburgh Botanic Garden has an exhibition on the Shoreline Project from Sunday 16th Sept. until Sunday 28th Oct.

  • Tuesday 27th November 2018: 'Past, Present and Future of Saughton Park'
    Talk by Peter McDougall, Project Development Officer.
    This talk will tell us the history of Saughton Park and update us on the redevelopment programme.

  • Wednesday 6th March 2019: 'The Corstorphine Astoria Project',
    Talk by Ian Anderson, Chairman of the Corstorphine Trust
    He will talk about the restoration of the Kirk Loan Hall, now the Astoria Centre, by the Trust. He will also tell the story of the Corstorphine Astoria cinema organ, which is being restored and will be installed in the Centre next year.

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 Sunday openings for Corstorphine Tower are now finished for the year. From October to May the Tower may be opened to groups of visitors if weather conditions are suitable. Please contact the Chairman to arrange.

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:

Autumn/Winter 2018, Newsletter no. 63 (478 kB pdf)

Recent Newsletters:

Earlier Archived Newsletters: click here