At the start of another exciting and productive year, we are looking forward to the recent excellent progress with the Salvesen Steps continuing and are finally hoping to hear the plans for the weir at Dowie’s Mill. More on these later.
However, we thought for this our first FRAW News, we’d look at a project we’ve been working on since FRAW first started.
Back in 2012, there was virtually no information available along the Walkway about the route, the plants and trees along the way or the fascinating industrial heritage. Since then, we have been working to provide sufficient information at various points along the way.
The entrances at the Boat Club, School Brae and Dowie’s Mill all have orientation boards with maps of the route and space for occasional, temporary notices to be displayed.
The Community Woodland, which was created with the excellent help of our volunteers on work parties which cleared the area of invasive non-native species, helped to plant the tress and laid the paths using woodchips generated from the fallen trees along the way.
A wonderful information board was created which sets out the layout and shows all the different species of native trees and how to identify them.
In 2018, we worked alongside the Cramond Association, Cramond and Barnton Community Council and the Cramond Heritage Trust to create the Cramond Heritage Trail, which included an interpretation board at the Fair-a-Far setting out the industrial heritage and history of the mills along the river.
Our most recent addition is an excellent interpretation board at the foot of Peggy’s Mill Road which shows details of the plants that can be seen along the walkway throughout the year.
Finally, we are currently working to get Listed Structure Consent to put a very small but stylish plaque onto Cramond Brig setting out some key dates in the history of the bridges at Cramond. Getting information about the ownership of Cramond Brig and the immediate surrounding land has been a challenge, but we hope to get this completed during the first quarter of 2019.
As well as building on the knowledge of members of FRAW and experts from other local groups, the boards have been made possible thanks to generous funding from Edinburgh Airport, Historic Environment Scotland, the Almond Neighbourhood Partnership and City of Edinburgh Council Parks, greenspaces and Cemeteries, as well as the generous support of all our members through their subscriptions and the many generous donations (and Gift Aid). Thank you everyone!
Hopefully all this information is a benefit to both visitors and residents, providing them with useful information about the River Almond Walkway.