Community Gardening

Joppa Police Box

Not only is this old Police Box looking new with a fresh coat of paint, but Chris has now renovated the lamp which comes on each evening.

The purpose of the light was to alert the officer on the beat to contact the police station. It would originally have been a flashing light.

The other thing on top would have been an air raid siren! You can still see the flat mounting at the middle of the roof.

Our Police Box was apparently sold in 2012. We think the current owner lives in Oxford, and possibly had plans to move it?

Chris uses it as a convenient store for the garden tools used for keeping the Morton Street triangle in good shape.

Glasgow was the first town in Britain to use Police boxes in 1891 which had gas lights on top (Wikipedia).

Community Gardening

More Trees Planted!

Following the successful planting carried out at the end of 2019, the Trust for Conservation Volunteers have provided a further 100 trees trees and shrubs including 10 Rowan trees which are so much part of Scottish folklore.

In late December 2020 two groups of time bankers planted 30 bushes (hawthorn, blackthorn and grey willow) by the side of Portobello golf course and 30 bird cherry, dog rose and dogwood in Joppa quarry park on the bank by the railway line. With heavy rain forecast on Boxing Day 20 hazel and grey willow were planted out by the side of the golf course.

20 rowan and crabapple trees were put in pots to be brought on for later planting.


Coffee & Scones

Having had several meets in the park over the summer we feel the time is right for zoom, and to entice you to join we are offering a scone!

Meetings are on the first Tuesday and third Saturday every month at 11:00 am. If you want to join, please get you request in ASAP so there’s time to cook and deliver your scone. See the latest newsletter for the email link.


A doggy tale

One of our members, Christine was recently unable to walk her dogs, so posted a request for help. No less than nine different Timebank members came out in all weathers to walk her dogs, who loved the additional attention. Greatly appreciated.


Balsam Bashing!

One of the many things we do in the conservation group is to control the amount of Himalayan Balsam that would otherwise take over all other riverbank plants down the Brunstane Burn.

Another successful day on Friday 7th August trying to remove as many “Himalayan Balsam” as possible. They may look lovely, but they are massively invasive. Largely impossible to remove from the infested south bank of the Burn, but the North side should be clear. Some are very big at over 2m tall!