City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: environment


Edinburgh World Heritage Offices Move to the Canongate’s Acheson House

Acheson Plan

Across the road from the Canongate Kirk is the Museum of Edinburgh and alongside it an A listed building that goes back to

Occupy Edinburgh Moving Tents In St Andrew Square

Participants in the Occupy Edinburgh encampment in St Andrew Square have agreed to move to a new location to the edge of the park in time for

The Usher Hall’s Tree Concert

"Sherlock" Violin

When he was three Conan Doyle and his family moved to Liberton Bank House, now Dunedin School, from Picardy Place where he was born.

Historic Scotland Recruiting 30 Construction Apprentices Over 3 Years

Historic Scotland has launched its campaign to recruit 30 additional apprentices in traditional building skills - stonemasonry, joinery and painting.

SNH Nature Photography Comp 2011 Winners

SBW Winner

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) announced the three winners in the fifth annual Nature Photography Competition on Monday. The winning picture, taken by Jennifer Sanger of Pitlochry, shows a reflection of a summer day’s sky on a perfectly still loch – with her colourful shoes and socks edging into the picture. An image of Bass Rock came second place and an Edinburgh surfer caught a wave to win third place.

Edinburgh Is UK's Second Most Congested City, Says Report

In June, SatNav company Tom Tom issued a news release saying that Britain is the most congested country in Europe. Edinburgh made the top 10 of gridlocked cities.

Film of the Week: You've Been Trumped

A dune too far

Celebrity tycoon Donald Trump lives up to his billing as a crass egomaniac in You've Been Trumped, a compelling, 95-minute documentary revealing Trump's bullyboy antics as he bulldozes a sensitive coastal ecosystem near Aberdeen to create a mega golf resort.

Ingrid Betancourt: Surviving Against the Odds (EIBF Review)

EIBF: Ingrid Betancourt

There was a packed house for the Baillie Gifford event with hostage survivor Ingrid Betancourt and Kirsty Wark.  Ingrid Betancourt was introduced as, "the mother of Melanie and Lorenzo" and the Colombian Green Party leader who was captured by FARC when she was campaigning for the presidency of Colombia in 2002.

T C Boyle - Nature is just as murderous as human beings (EIBF Review)

T C Boyle - photo Milo Boyle

T C Boyle cuts a figure that is more rock star than Distinguished Professor – tall, extravagantly quiffed and clad in T-shirt and bright red hi-top trainers. I last saw him in Edinburgh

The Garden of Eichstatt 1613 Review

This is an outstanding exhibition arranged by Alexander Meddowes of 100 beautiful coloured botanical copper plate engravings by Basil Besler which were originally published in 1613 as the first edition of Hortus Eystettensis.  This is one of the largest collections to be exhibited and hung together for over a decade. 

Film of the Week: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Apes take over

‘Four stars?!’ I hear you cry? I nearly gave it five.

Edinburgh Parks Win 20 Green Flags

Princes Street Gardens path

Edinburgh’s parks and green spaces have earned twenty awards in this year’s Green Flag national competition.

Film of the Week: Cars 2

Lightning in Cars 2

I have to confess, whilst I’ve always been a huge fan of Pixar, I was never a fan of the original Cars. I only watched the first half before switching it off, having become utterly bored and unimpressed, a rare low I felt for a Pixar production.

Rough Gem, Castlehill Garden Open Late July and August

Castle Hill Garden

One of the side-effects of this unusually dreich Edinburgh Summer, is that there have been fewer people meandering around Edinburgh's parks. Take Castlehill garden: I was walking in this rough, unkempt hillscape, smack in the middle of the city under Edinburgh Castle, a couple of evenings ago. The only sign of life, apart from the distant hum of buses on Princes Street, were a few rabbits munching in the undergrowth.

Edinburgh's Floral Clock Armed and Ready To Bloom

Floral Clock 2011 marking RNID

Edinburgh's floral clock, the famous blooming timepiece in Princes Street Gardens, will kick off the city's bid for this year’s Britain in Bloom.

"Bin Your Butts" Campaign Moves to Haymarket

Edinburgh's Haymarket area is the latest focus of the campaign to clean the city of cigarette end  litter, with environmental wardens out encouraging commuters to ‘bin their butts’.

Water of Leith Walkway Upgraded

Water of Leith path

Anyone walking or cycling along the Water of Leith Walkway should notice some big differences following a series of upgrades to the path. The popular green corridor which snakes the 13 miles of the river from the Pentland Hills to the port at Leith, sees an estimated 120,000 people tramping and riding along it each year.

Edinburgh Trams Turn A Corner

Edinburgh Tram on Princes Street

The end of the road is still some way off, but after several hours of debate late into the evening on Thursday, at 11.15pm the Edinburgh Trams turned a corner. The Liberal Democrat dominated Edinburgh City Council voted to continue building the Edinburgh tramline into Edinburgh City Centre.

Edinburgh Trams - Day of Decision?

Tram Works Shandwick Place

With the crucial Council meeting tomorrow (Thursday 30th June) on Edinburgh's Trams the members of the Council are still in the utterly ridiculous situation where they are being denied the facts on which to make a decision concerning what is probably the most complex engineering project in the United Kingdom at this time. Unless they sign a confidentiality agreement they are barred from seeing the figures behind the recommendations - and these figures are so distorted that they have provoked an outcry right across the city.

Edinburgh Residents Ask First Minister To Be "More Active" On Trams

Tram displayed on Princes Street

Following the outcry over the anticipated cost overruns for the crisis hit Edinburgh trams project, Alex Salmond today in first minister's question time called a public inquiry into the project "an excellent thing to do". Salmond and the SNP did not support the trams from the start, and have kept their distance from the project and its ongoing woes, saying it should be dealt with by Edinburgh City Council.

Edinburgh Film Festival To Host Bike Powered Screenings

EIFF's Bike Powered cinema

The Edinburgh International Film Festival is saving a few watts of energy at a series of bicycle powered film screenings this week. I say "bike powered" but you could as easily say it's "whisky powered" as the event - in a rare combination of a form of transport and alcohol - is being sponsored by Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky.

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