Helping protect Edinburgh's green space


FoMBL usually meets 3 times a year, in February, June and November. The venues for the meetings are places of interest near the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links. In the past we have met in Barclay Church, Heriots School chapel, St Thomas Of Aquin's High School, The Othodox Community of St Andrew, Archers' Hall and Peter's Yard Cafe among others. As well as visiting these interesting buildings, speakers are invited to talk about topics such as Management of Parks and the History of the Meadows.

Summer meeting and AGM, 23rd June 2017

Our AGM and Summer public meeting will be held on 23rd June, at the Croquet Club, Leven Terrace. The speaker was to have been Tommy Sheppard MP, SNP member of Parliament for Edinburgh East. Owing to recent political developments Tommy Sheppard now has new duties at Westminster and is unfortunately unable to come and speak to us at the AGM. He sends his sincere apologies. However, I’m delighted to say that Claire Miller, who is the newly elected Green Councillor for the City Centre Ward, has kindly stepped in at very short notice to fill the gap.

Claire is in fact already a member of FoMBL, and knows a great deal about the Meadows. Last year she did some valuable work on the ‘Meadows and Bruntsfield Links Management Plan 2016-2021’, and she also attended our recent ‘community' meeting with Charlie Wood of Underbelly, in which we tried to get the best possible deal for FoMBL during the period of their (albeit over-long) sojourn on the Meadows during the Fringe. Some of you may have met her at our last public meeting in Archers’ Hall.

Also promised is a short talk by Graeme Cruickshank about a historic golf club which he will bring along and show us. So it should be a really interesting evening.

Here is the poster - download - print - display.
See the Agenda and the minutes for 2016 AGM.

Spring meeting, 6th March 2017

We had a public meeting on Monday 6 March at 7.30-9.30 p.m. at Archers' Hall, Buccleuch Street. The speaker was Lt-Col. Richard Callander, OBE, TD, Secretary of the Royal Company of Archers, who gave a fascinating talk on the history of the Royal Company of Archers.

Autumn meeting 18th November 2016

We had a very good meeting on Friday 18 November. Martin Hyman, international runner, gave a fascinating talk about his life in running, and we had a good discussion about future projects for which we might seek funding. Martin handed out information about training sessions he helps with. See it here.

Summer meeting and AGM, 17th June 2016

The Summer meeting of FOMBL (AGM) was on Friday 17 June 2016 at the Croquet Club, Leven Terrace, at 7.30 p.m. Tthe speaker was Ian Murray MP, whose constituency borders the Meadows.

See Ian Murray's tweet.

Papers for the 2016 AGM: Agenda   2015 AGM Minutes   Annual Accounts   Annual Report

Spring meeting, 22nd February 2016

The Spring meeting of FOMBL took place on Monday 22 February 2016 at the Barclay Viewforth Church at 7.30 p.m. The speaker was Leonie Alexander, Urban Biodiversity Project Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens, on 'Making the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links better for biodiversity' See her notes.
See the minutes of the meeting.

Autumn meeting, 10th November 2015

The autumn meeting of FoMBL was held on Tuesday 10th November at 7.30 p.m. at the German Church, 1 Chalmers Crescent, Edinburgh. Anna Canning of Floramedica - People Plants Places ( told us about the medicinal and food uses for some plants in the Meadows. Refreshments preceded the meeting, to celebrate our charitable status.

Summer meeting and AGM, 26th June 2015

The Summer meeting of FoMBL was the Annual General Meeting. It was held on Friday 26th June. at the Croquet Club (corner of Leven Terrace and Glengyle Terrace) at 7.30 pm. The talk this time was by Fernando, who runs the police box cafe at the top of Middle Meadow Walk: he has some interesting plans for a makeover of that area. This was followed by the usual AGM business and any other business. The meeting was in favour of allowing the grass in areas where there are crocus and daffodils left uncut until the autumn to encourage wildlife.

Here are the papers for the 2015 AGM:         Agenda 2015 AGM           Minutes of AGM 2014           Convener's annual report 2015           The Accounts           New constitution

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