Thursday, 31 March 2016

Help to have your dog micro chipped

From April it will be compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped

All dogs in Scotland are required to be microchipped following the introduction of a new law aimed at helping to reduce the number of lost and abandoned dogs.

Dog owners across East Lothian will be able to get their pet microchipped at a reduced rate thanks to an initiative between East Lothian Council and Animals 1st veterinary practice based in Macmerry and Haddington.

Cabinet member for Environment, Cllr Norman Hampshire, explained:
“Microchipping is an invaluable aid to help reunite owners with lost or stolen pets. It can also help to reduce the number of strays taken to rescue centres because their owner couldn’t be traced. From April 2016 all dogs in Scotland will be required to be microchipped so this initiative by the council and Animals 1st will help owners comply with the new legislation. Dog owners simply need to contact the council’s safer communities team to receive a voucher which they then use to make an appointment at Animals 1st and get their dog microchipped for only £6 instead of the usual cost of £18.”
Dog owners interested in getting a voucher should contact Amenity Officers  Tel: 01620 827310 or 01620 827388 or email

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Who's watching you?

The Prestongrange and Cuthill community are the park's eyes and ears and are urged to report dog fouling, vandalism and other anti-social behaviour with the park.

East Lothian Council has set up a dedicated telephone helpline/e-mail address so you can report this or seek advice in a safe, easy and effective way.

Telephone: 0845 601 8518 or the police on 101
Report online here

In an emergency always dial 999.

The vast majority of visitors to Cuthill Park are considerate, respectful and law-abiding, however, to the few who are intent on criminality we would remind them..... are being watched.


We love your photographs!

It makes us so happy to see photographs of people enjoying Cuthill Park so please, please do keep sending them to us!

You can either tweet us @cuthillpark or email

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Paths Under Construction

Work is well under way in the community garden, with the foundations mostly down for the paths and the patio area in front of the container.

These paths are going to make things so much easier! The garden will be more accessible and there will be much less path maintenance required. We are looking forward to them being completed.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Meeting: 29 March 10a.m.

There will be a meeting of the Friends of Cuthill Park on Tuesday 29th March at 10 am at the Pennypit centre's cafe. Everyone is welcome to attend.

We will be discussing a few general 'housekeeping' items and making sure our current constitution meets the requirements of charitable status, as well as, time permitting, looking at the year ahead.

We hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

A questionnaire on Urban Land Reform

We have been asked to share the following survey amongst people connected with Cuthill Park, to help the survey author, Adam Searle, in his research into urban land reform. If you have a few minutes to spare he would very much appreciate your filling in the survey for him.

The survey is available here:

Adam says:

'I am a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh, reading Ecological and Environmental Sciences. I am currently undertaking research for my dissertation thesis, which is focussed on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill 2015, particularly on the societal effects of community-centric urban land reform. I found Friends of Cuthill Park in the Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust directory, and think your opinions would help me greatly in my research.

I have developed a short questionnaire (10-15 minutes’ completion time) which I intend to use in order to gauge the attitudes and beliefs of contrasting communities likely to be affected by the proposed bill. 

Please feel free to circulate this survey amongst your colleagues. A wide range of responses will help me better understand the attitudes of individuals within different community groups toward urban land reform.'

Many thanks for your help.