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Joppa Triangle

With a succession of Council cut-backs, the standard of upkeep of the small triangular green in Joppa, characterised by it’s Policebox, had slipped to the extent that there were no longer any flowers in it’s borders and the grass was allowed to become a meadow.

Chris Cowie must have been looking for another challenge having tamed the narrow ‘finger’ of unclaimed land between Brunstane Road and Joppa Terrace, when he and the Community Gardening Group set about tidying up our village green at Joppa in 2018. First priority was to add plants to what had become a rather neglected triangle of grass and not much else. So there are bulbs for spring, some annuals and perennials and other interesting plants, many being donations from Timebankers, Grow Porty and nearby residents. So many donated plants were received that the planting space was fast disappearing. It now flourishes with colour throughout the year.

With the mix of warm weather and some quite intense rain in 2019 it has meant that a lot of the flowers have done well and others are continuing to bloom. One of our ‘senior’ helpers did a great job of cutting back the suckers on the roses resulting in some beautiful displays in June/July.

The grass has been a problem – growing too fast. Cutting is still the responsibility of the Council but sadly they only attempt it every 5 or 6 weeks which is not enough. The result is that we had a bit of a grass jungle which really overshadows the hard work in the borders. After an appeal for a petrol mower a resident donated a substantial rotary mower that is well up to the job and is now in use both here and at Joppa Tennis Courts. The whole project of regaining the Triangle was always meant to be a community effort so it’s great that more people are stepping forward to donate plants and to howk up a few weeds. Everyone should feel free to help or to make contributions of any kind.

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Tree Planting

On Saturday 4th January, the Community Gardening Group (six Timebankers and Hector) planted 250 trees and shrubs (provided free by the Trust for Conservation Volunteers) along the Western edge of Portobello Golf Course. Lynn and Ned (assisted by daughter Milla) had devised a cunning way of marking the locations so the trees would not disappear in the undergrowth and yet were not obvious. We had great help from a local resident who did as much work as anyone in planting and provided refreshments and access to water. We had offers of access to water supplies from four residents of Park Avenue so there will be greater awareness around there of what we do for the community. Slowly but surely our community outreach is growing!

A group of community gardeners planting trees
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Towerbank Primary School

Over the weekend of 4/5th June 2016 the litter clearance and conservation groups gathered at Towerbank Primary School, and together with Eve Parsons of Building Communities with Gardens set about sowing wildflowers alongside Wilson’s Park, the road coming back around Towerbank playground.

The strip of ground at the foot of the wall was bare ground with little to see other than litter. It had to be properly prepared before seed could be sown, and needed watering and cared for over several weeks afterwards. It was the following year when the result of all this work was to be seen, and then in 2017 the ground was covered in magnificent flowers and it was so established that it didn’t need watering.

Over the same weekend, Towerbank Playspace are also looking for help painting the new space.