City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh News: environment

Record Attendance at 2010 Royal Highland Show

RHS 2010

The 2010 Royal Highland Show has set a new attendance record of 187,644 - an increase of more than 11,000 on last year’s record of 176,522.

Digging In At the Taste of Edinburgh

Cookery class

I wasn't quite sure what to expect of annual food and drink showcase Taste of Edinburgh before it set up camp for 3 food-filled days in Inverleith Park. Like local land rights campaigner Andy Wightman, the entrance fee surprised me, although for different reasons.

Met Launches Five-day Ash Charts

The Met Office has launched ash charts which aim to show the potential movement and concentration of volcanic ash over the coming five days.

Main Attractions at the Royal Highland Show 2010

Last year, a record 176,522 visitors passed through the gates of the annual farming and countryside show The Royal Highland Show. The organisers, the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) held the first “Highland” in 1822 in Edinburgh’s Canongate on a site now occupied by the Scottish Parliament. The 2010 show, takes place from Thursday, June 24, to Sunday, June 27, and is the 170th.

World Standard Display of Livestock at Royal Highland Show

The Royal Highland Show will be staging one of the world’s finest displays of livestock breeding with almost 5000 head of the UK’s best cattle, sheep, horses and goats entered for the 2010 event.

Rodney Street Tunnel, Scotland Yard to Tesco. And Back.

The Rodney Street Tunnel in Edinburgh is a long (former) railway tunnel connecting Scotland Yard Park and children's playground at one end, with the Canonmills-Leith pedestrian-cycleway at the other. The tunnel comes out at the Tesco supermarket, continuining off-road, all the way to Leith Docks.

Less Litter On Scottish Beaches In Clean-up Op

Less litter has been found on Scottish beaches in 2009 than in the previous year, according to the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Beachwatch Big Weekend 2009 report. It also reveals that while total litter has increased by 77% since the first Beachwatch in 1994, plastic litter has increased by a staggering 121% in the UK.

Edinburgh International Festival 2010 Dance Programme

EIF 2010: Grupo Corpo

The Edinburgh International Festival strikes the tone of this year's cultural feast with a quotation from Columbus: "Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World." The New World theme is reflected in the range of innovative dance companies from overseas, such as MAU, who come from as far afield as New Zealand.

Volunteers Bank Together To Improve City Wildlife Spot

Bonnie Banks of Blackford Pond

A city wildlife spot  which was suffering from its own popularity - with  both human and feathered visitors - has had a make-over. Blackford Pond, part of Blackford Hill local nature reserve, is popular with joggers, dog walkers and families with children. Over the years the banks had been steadily worn away by the action of the water, water birds grazing the edges and human activity.

Council Dishes the Dirt In Compost Giveaway

Compost waste

It may not feel like Spring, but for gardeners the growing season is almost upon us. It means that garden waste collections become fortnightly from March. To mark the occasion the City of Edinburgh Council has been giving away free bags of compost made from recycled garden waste. The first giveaway was yesterday at Fox Covert Primary School in Corstorphine, with further compost give-aways planned today and later.

Royal Botanic Garden Explores Biodiversity at Science Festival

Botanics Beech Tree

This year’s International Science Festival (3-17 April) will include 46 events at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, with many events taking place at the Real Life Science Studio and other facilities at the Botanics’ new John Hope Gateway visitor and interpretation centre.