Author Archives: Izzy Jones

Wildflower Meadow Update

Our wildflower meadow has recently been mown in order to keep it healthy and thriving next year. This may seem counter-intuitive, but mowing helps to keep the grass species under control, while allowing the wildflowers room to grow next year. In our meadows over the course of the year you can see snowdrops, few flowered […]

White Dead Nettle

Spotted by:   Izzy Jones Where:           At the wildflower meadow by the old curling rink area When:            30th September 2019

Swan Watch 2019 – Part Three

Swans have nested on Craiglockhart Pond for more than a hundred years. Our resident swans, Siegfried and Brighid, have reigned over the pond since 2016. Brighid was born on the pond in 2012. This year, they have had to repel recurrent invasions of Canada geese.  The seven cygnets from this year’s brood are beginning to get […]

White Dead Nettle

The White Dead Nettle might look suspiciously like it could sting you, but this nettle is completely harmless! It leaves are far less jagged looking than the stinging nettle, and the White Dead Nettle can be easily identified by its hoops of white flowers clustered together. The flowers of the White Dead Nettle can be […]

Mushroom Walk – Saturday 19th October, 10am-12pm

Find out all about funky fungi! Led by Stephan Helfer from The Royal Botanic Garden, this walk and talk will cover all things mycological! For all ages, children are welcome to come and help us find as many different mushrooms as possible! The walk will meet at the top of Craiglea Place and finish at […]

Knapweed

Common Knapweed, also known as Hardheads or Black Knapweed, is one of the most hardy wildflowers found in Scotland. Its flowers can be seen all through summer and into September. Although it looks a little thistle-like, this plant has no prickles, and can be identified by its blackish spherical base of the flower head. Its […]

War Poets Walk – Sunday 8th September 2019

Discover the history and the poetry of the shell shocked soldiers who stayed at Craiglockhart Hospital, on what would have been Siegfried Sassoon’s 133rd birthday!  This year we will be looking in particular at The Hydra, the magazine written by patients of the hospital. The talk will be given by Catherine Walker MBE, the War […]

Summer Fun on the Hill! – Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August

Come and enjoy Easter Craiglockhart Hill in all it’s glory at these family friendly sessions. Find us in the woods at the bottom of the wooden steps on Lockharton Crescent.   SATURDAY 3rd AUGUST 11-2pm Leaf flag printing Elder bead making SUNDAY 4th AUGUST 11-2pm Miniature off-ground rope course Orienteering   Drop in sessions, no booking […]

Common Mallow

Common Mallow is a beautiful wildflower from the mallow family. Known as Mauve in France, it is where the word for the colour comes from. The original “marshmallows” were made using the roots of mallows, and were used to treat coughs and chest infections. Due to their high mucilage content the roots were also used […]