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Planting trees on the Meadows / Bruntsfield Links
ChairPostFebruary 2, 2021, 15:54
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September 19, 2018, 15:04
Normal topicPlanting trees on the Meadows / Bruntsfield Links

Martin Howorth is a Trustee of the Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links and he has this proposal:

[I propose] to plant an understorey of trees/shrubs on a small section of the Meadows, adjacent to Melville Drive, between the Marchmont Road junction and play area. The planting proposal is to plant around 400 small trees/ shrubs using native woodland mix (hazel, hawthorn, dog rose, blackthorn) in a narrow 6 metre strip around 200m in length between the footpath along the road and footpath on the Meadows. The trees would form a shelter area for wildlife and would reduce air pollution from the busy Melville Drive. The area chosen is too narrow for recreational use, so would be ideal, between the road and mature trees. The project would need funding from a grant such as the Woodland Trust tree scheme. James Gillespie High School are interested in getting children involved in tree planting, and they could be involved in it. As a trustee of Friends of the Meadows I would manage the project. I would be happy to pick litter in the project area if that was an issue. I feel as a resident living close to the Meadows, it's a very large open space that could be a much better home for wildlife without compromising its recreational value. Your views are appreciated. I will then feedback to the Friends of the Meadows.

Email your comments to Martin Howorth.

membershipPostFebruary 2, 2021, 16:18
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March 24, 2015, 10:28
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My kids were involved in planting the tulips in that strip, whilst they were at Sciennes Primary (quite a long time ago now!) - they might have something to say !?

wrenhaPostFebruary 3, 2021, 15:46
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It would be good to be reassured that, once established, the shrubbery wouldn't give cover for people to be more easily molested. I would regret the overplanting of an area so rich in spring bulbs, but on balance I quite like what is proposed.

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