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Sign of Progress on the Nature Trail

New sign, bug hotels and birdboxes all put up this week.  Thanks to all (Victoria Primary, TCV and Action Earth).

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Poster Art from Victoria Primary P2 for our nature trail

Here’s just a little of the brilliant artwork produced by P2 for our Hans Christian Anderson information boards.  Can you spot the pea?  The Snow Queen looks very scary with her face blue with cold!  Many thanks to all involved!

We’ve raised over 70% of what we need for the Nature Trail. Please help us to raise the rest by donating through MyParkScotland at http://www.mypark.scot/projects/childrens-nature-trail/. Did you know you also can donate by texting FOSP50 £5 to 70070?


First Batch of Bat Boxes

Our first batch of Kent bat boxes is just about ready for our nature trail.  Many thanks to Action Earth for the grant and to Tom Stewart and the Forth Youth Theatre for the help and workshop facilities.  The rest should be assembled by the end of next week.

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Good Nature Trail Progress

The marsh area is now prepared for “The Ugly Duckling”, we’ve started planting and we have made progress on the path with wood chips between the stepping stones!

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Children’s Nature Trail: Counting the Votes

P2 at Victoria Primary have spoken.  The votes are in and being counted.  We’ll soon know which flowers have been elected for “The Snow Queen” story area.

Remember you can help us complete the Children’s Nature Trail by making a donation through http://www.mypark.scot/projects/childrens-nature-trail/.



Progress with the Nature Trail

A good turn out again on a cold sunny morning.  Preparations are well in hand for the first story area in the children’s nature trail.  This morning we cleared and replanted shrubs and bulbs before dug out the area for the mini-marsh ready for the “Ugly Duckling”.

Remember you can help us complete the Children’s Nature Trail by making a donation through http://www.mypark.scot/projects/childrens-nature-trail/.

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Victoria Primary P2 visits the nature trail

We had lunchtime visitors in the park day when Victoria Primary P2s came to the park to test the nature trail.  They had a great time on the stepping stones (now all laid!) and sewing seeds for summer planting.  It was very educational for the Friends as some pupils used the unusual Unicorn seed sewing method.

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Please support the new nature trail at Starbank Park

The Friends of Starbank Park are raising funds for this children’s nature trail, and we are already more than halfway to our target of £5200.

We are working with Victoria Primary School to create a Hans Christian Andersen-inspired nature trail that will feature statues of some of his most well-loved characters, including the Little Mermaid, the Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina and the Snow Queen. Each story will have its own area beside the path, with log seats for children and insect friendly flowers and bushes. Hans Christian Anderson had a connection to Trinity. He lodged round the corner from Starbank Park at 73 East Trinity Road and visited James Young Simpson of chloroform fame, just across Laverockbank Road from the Park in 1847 so he might even have visited Starbank.

We are now asking for your support and help with donations via the MyParkScotland crowdfunding site http://www.mypark.scot/projects/childrens-nature-trail. As Ian Goodman, of MyParkScotland, said: “The Children’s Trail is an inspired project which will benefit children and visitors for Edinburgh and beyond. …Your donation, no matter how large or small will help bring this project to life.”April a 2015

Children’s nature trail on track

The Friends of Starbank Park and Victoria Primary are working together to construct a children’s nature trail in Starbank Park. Plans for this exciting new development are well advanced. Our highly successful Halloween Party raised enough funds for us to bring forward our start date and we hope to start the construction work in the next few weeks.  With fair weather, successful fund-raising and a bit of luck, it will be finished in the spring.