Appeal to join the FKGVP committee

APPEAL

We are desperately seeking to recruit new committee members.  The park is currently facing years of disruption as construction of a large new mixed development starts up directly on the boundary.

It has never been more in need of the protection of a watchful, alert body of park users.

If you care about the park do think of joining us and taking an active role.

You could be a user of social media and boost the profile of the park. 

You could be involved in ongoing interactions with the Council and /or the developers.

Or you could be concerned with daily life in the park, be the parent of a child who plays in the park, a gardener, a litter picker, a dog walker, a picnicker, a nature lover, or just somebody who likes to sit in the sun.

It doesn’t need to be a burdensome role.  Tasks can be shared.

More Information will be gladly dispensed by the Secretary, Judy Conn, who is keen to hear from anyone interested.

secretary@kgvsy.org.uk

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New Town Quarter – planning decision

Unfortunately, on 17th February 2021 the Council’s Development
Management Sub-Committee granted consent by seven votes to four to all
three planning applications which are going to affect the the park so
adversely – 20/03034/FUL, 20/03655/FUL and 20/03661/CON (all still
available for viewing on the City of Edinburgh Council’s planning website).

Planning legislation permits a Council to impose an obligation on
developers, in this case Ediston Orion Capital Managers, to compensate a
community, in this case the park, for the damaging impact construction
of the permitted development may have on the local environment. 
£48,373.90 is to be allocated for improvements to the park, such as some
(sadly minimal it seems) compensatory planting of trees and re-surfacing
of paths and £75,055.15 for play park improvements.  The Friends will
be  pressing for full involvement in all discussions between Parks
officers and the developers.

KGVP/NTQ/150321

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AGM 2020

The following documents relating to the AGM 2020, which was held in the park on 27th Aug 2020, can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Agenda

Report of the Trustees for 2019-20

Financial Summary for 2019-20

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Impact of Coronavirus

Impact of Coronavirus on Activities in the Park – March 2020

Sadly the Friends of the Park are having to draw in their horns for the foreseeable future, so no gardening sessions or clean-ups are planned.  We hope we can pick up tools again in the autumn.  In the meantime we urge all park users to take care and keep safe.

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New look

We are just changing our site to fit our new logo and look. Hoping this helps develop our community and encourage even more participation in looking after our wonderful park.

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Spring!

At last, some nice weather to appreciate all the new growth. Tete a tete narcissi planted by children from Stockbridge Primary in November are looking great.

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Thanks for your help

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Thanks to all the people who joined us on 
KGV - 2Sunday to clear litter and help with a bit of gardening.    As well as a bit of weeding we started on sorting the path edges.  All were agreed that it’s great to see those beautiful setts again.

 

 

Our park ranger is working with a corporate volunteer group later this month.

We hope to be back for more in June.  Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us.

 

 

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Springtime?

The spring bulbs are blooming well already including the ones planted outside The Yard by children from Heriot Hill Nursery.

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Are you interested in helping?

We have organised two clean ups per year, usually in the spring and autumn and we will continue to do so.  These usually prove popular and we will continue to organise them.

We have often been asked if we organise any gardening days where local residents help out, so we had a think how we can best help.    We are working with the Park rangers to ensure that any efforts we offer will complement what the council do for us.

If you are interested in helping then please let us know at: gardening@kgvsy.org.uk

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Fun Day was fun

KGVP BBQ 2016The fun day in the park went well yesterday.  Fun activities from Calum and team from the council youth service and great bug hunting with the RSPB (who will be back on 3 August).  Lesley and Jacqui from the Friends committee cooked up a great BBQ in initially challenging conditions.  Other friends had a go at removing the recent graffiti on the stone wall, with good success.

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