Thursday, 24 January 2013

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Saturday, 19 January 2013

A plan...

Shown below is a plan suggested by East Lothian Council for improving Cuthill Park. 

The Friends have been discussing this and we would love to hear your views.

The main points to bear in mind are:
  • nothing is set in stone
  • no commitments have been made, and,
  • the Friends would need to raise funds for much of the works

Our initial thoughts were:
  • Allotments - prefer fewer, say 6, less uniform, more higgledy-piggledgy.  There were some concerns that the first view of the park would be an untidy row of allotments (but on a site visit yesterday, more on which later, these concerns proved unfounded).
  • Avenue of trees - doesn't really fit in with the character of the park and could interfere with Muralfest and Prestongrange Bowling Club.
  • Play Area - wrong area.  We would wish to preserve this space to make most of the surrounding amphitheatre
  • Seating - we would love to have seating, preferable to make the most of the wonderful views across the Forth but also close to where the Play Area will be sited.
Over to you....

Friday, 18 January 2013

It's snowing!

Snow has finally arrived in Cuthill Park, much to the delight of the children of Prestonpans!

Our slopes are perfect for sledging down or making snowmen so come along and have fun.

It's too cold for working though, so we won't be having the planned work day this Saturday (19th).

Stay warm!

(and please remember to scoop the poop!)

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

New Friends Wanted!

Happy New Year!

Did you make any resolutions to exercise more, get out more, grow your own vegetables, reduce your carbon footprint, improve your neighbourhood, learn new skills, meet new people?

We can help!

The Friends of Cuthill Park group aims to improve the park and increase visitor numbers.

We are in the process of creating a Community Garden - incorporating an orchard and dedicated allotment spaces.

The Friends work closely with East Lothian Council to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and to improve the biodiversity of the park.  The first wildflower meadows were sown in the park in 2012 and we organise regular litter picks and bulb planting.

Planned improvements include the installation of decorative railings in the roadside boundary wall and the provision of a new children's play area.

Longer term aspirations include reinstatement of a path from the park to Prestongrange Museum. 

Our meetings are informal, open to all (we're not all expert gardeners!) and usually take place in the nearest pub, the Prestoungrange Gothenburg. 

Our next meeting is on Tuesday January 15th at 7pm.
Stuart Pryde, Amenity Officer from East Lothian Council will be on hand to answer any questions people might have about allotments.

Join us!