The Council have approved the erection of additional lighting along the main walk/cycle path to extend the lighting coverage up to the entrance to the Ashburnham estate. This will be welcomed as currently the lighting stops a few hundred metres from the turn off. In addition new lighting is proposed to run from the Station Road entrance to the Glen into the Ashburnham estate. Again this will be most welcome as it is a very dark stretch of path between two well lit areas. It is hoped this work will be completed by the end of the Summer of 2016.
There has been a significant land slip issue on the embankment from the Bowling Green area down into “Jock’ Hole”. This landslip issue has rendered the footpath into this area impassable from the main walk/cycle path. We have been working closely with the Council to identify the causes of the landslip and plans are in place for engineering work to commence to address any further slippage. It is hoped to have the work completed during 2016 and when firm dates for the work to engineering work commence they will be communicated. The possibility of reopening the pathway will be considered once the remedial works are completed. It will be a major undertaking to achieve this but we will make every effort so to do.
An exciting project is the proposed construction of two stone benches along the main walk/cycle path from Scotmid car park to the Rail Bridge . A voluntary group the South East Scotland Dry Stone Wallers’ Association have very kindly agreed to build the benches for us if we provide them with the stone materials. It is proposed for a bench to be situated overlooking the view to the waterfall in “Jock’s Hole”. This bench will be aesthetically pleasing and also provide walkers and cyclists with a good opportunity to rest their legs and take in the view.
Please see the post under “Current Activity” to review progress on this task.
Another project involving young people is the objective of attracting more birds, bats and wild life to use our environment. 10 new bird boxes have been prepared in “flat pack” form and the pupils at Queensferry Primary School built the boxes with some adult supervision. This provide the pupils with some rudimentary craft skills and they will also learn about the various species of birds that are regular inhabitants of the Glen and also the migratory ones who “visit” the Glen at certain times of the year. As part of the project the plan is for the pupils to make a record of the bird box “take up “rates and noting which species have taken up residence .