Newsletter 48, Spring 2018, is now published and can be found here
Older Newsletters can be found on our Newsletters page
The Spring meeting is on Monday 19th March 2018
7.30 p.m. at the Pillar Hall, Barclay-Viewforth Church. The Future of Park Management - a panel discussion with Alan Bell, Greenspace Manager, Parks, Greenspace and Cemeteries Services, Valerie Lawrie, Sector Manager, Criminal Justice City Wide Services, and Yusef Samari, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Friends of the Meadows & Bruntsfield Links. All welcome.
It is with great sadness that we announce that Robin Morris, our treasurer, died on 4th February.
Read Heather Goodare's tribute to Robin here.
What now for Sick Kids?
Sick Kids is moving to Little France - so what happens to the old buildings?
Read the latest news.
We have produced some very attractive postcards for you to buy to support FoMBL.
See them here.
General Maczek Memorial
It is now proposd that this memorial should be on the forecourt to the City Chambers.
Children from Primary 6, George Heriots, have been working with Heather and Yusef doing some little jobs around the Meadows.
Meadows junior parkrun
The Meadows junior parkrun is a free timed 2km run for children aged 4-14 and starts at 9.30am every Sunday near the large kids (Magnet) playground. For more details and to register see the facebook page or
Our Community Garden is coming along quite nicely.
Events in the park
Here is the latest spreadsheet of events taking place in the Meadows in August and September 2017.
There are always little jobs to be done around the Meadows and Links. Once a month a team of volunteers goes out to tackle some of them. You are welcome to join us on the last Saturday of the month, 10:00 am.
See our Volunteering page
for details, and read reports of recent sessions.
New play equipment
We are pleased to see a new climbing frame in the children's play area on Bruntsfield Links.
Glyphosate - should we ban it?
Glyphosate weedkiller is used by City of Edinburgh Council, but there's lots of controversy about this chemical.
Jawbones Update March 2017
Work is now completed preparing for the return of the Jawbones, but it looks as if it will be well into 2017 before they are back.
Our Bug Hotel has come to the attention of the BBC.
See the article.
Events in the park
Here is a spreadsheet of events taking place in the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links from March to December 2017.
We have the first piece of equipment in our exercise trail:
Training on the Meadows
At our Autumn meeting on Friday, 18th November, we had a fascinating talk from Martin Hyman who runs training sessions on the Meadows every Tuesday evening. To read more click here.
Parks at Risk
Britain's parks are at risk. There’s no legal responsibility to look after them. To read more and sign the petition click here.
No Change for Events
The Council has said "No" to 15 day events. The policy remains at 23 days for Festival Fringe events. Despite a deputation lead by FoMBL Convener, Heather Goodare, Green Party councillors failed in their bid to change the policy. Read more....
Trees and birds
One of our members is making a blog with some lovely pictures of trees, birds, etc. taken on the Meadows. Do have a look.
Birds on the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links
The Meadows and Links are great places for bird spotting.
to see a poster of birds you can see on the Meadows and Links, and here
to see our pictures of redwings, winter visitors to the Meadows.
Congratulations and thanks to Audrey Simon, who has kept in mind our obligation to mark the planting of a tree on Bruntsfield Links (near the Golf Tavern) to commemorate the founding of the Friends of Parks Forum in 2001...read more.
Wild flower plot
A new wild flower plot has been created on the Meadows. Read about it here.
Anyone for Chess?
You can now hire chess pieces to use on the giant chess board on the Links See the details.
Meadows Chamber Orchestra
Although they are nothing to do with FoMBL, the orchestra are good friends of ours, so we like to give them some publicity here.
For further information see their website.