Author Archives: Izzy Jones

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 […]

Union Canal History Cruise – Friday 9th August, 7-9pm

Join us for a luxury cruise along the Union Canal, with a talk from renowned local historian Colin Chess. Gain an insight into the intruiging story of the Leamington Scow and learn about the secret history and workings of our local canal. Tickets are £25, and will include prosecco and nibbles. To book please email […]

Woodland Walk – Tuesday 18th June, 7-8.30pm

If you can’t tell your ash from your elm tree (and even if you can) then this is the walk for you! Join Simon Hart, our local forester, to learn about the different woodlands on Easter Craiglockhart Hill. Discover their ancient history, what they may look like in the future, and the challenges they will […]

Red Campion

Red Campion can grow up to 1m tall, and is an ancient woodland indicator. You can often find Red Campion growing alongside White Campion, and the two can hybridise to form pinky-white flowers. It is dioecious, which means that the male and female flowers grow on separate plants. The female flowers produce a frothy foam which gives […]