Craigmillar Castle Park Group

posted 11 Feb 2009, 03:23 by
A group of local people have come together to help conserve and improve Craigmillar Castle Park. The group, named Craigmillar Woods Action Group (CWAG) is looking for interested people to attend its first official general meeting at Inch Park House, opposite the park, on Thursday 19 March at 6.30pm.

At present, membership consists of residents, volunteer groups and non-residents who use and enjoy the park and work with the guidance of countryside rangers. Craigmillar Castle Park is popular with runners, walkers and dog walkers as well as being regularly used by schools. It attracts lots of wildlife and birds of prey such as buzzards and kestrels can be seen almost every day, which must mean there are enough rabbits, mice and field voles in the Park to keep them going.

Moles and foxes can also be found as well as a varied collection of native trees and plants, which in turn attract a wealth of insects and butterflies. The Park is a must-visit place for a keen naturalist, photographer, or artist as it has many varied parts, such as woodlands, open grasslands and amenity areas.

A visit to the top of Craigmillar Castle can offer fantastic panoramic views of Edinburgh and beyond, and the adjacent park now boasts an adventure play park, opened in November last year. Some of the tasks the group has recently helped with include keeping paths clear of overhanging shrubs and tree branches, litter picking, removing old and damaged trees and planting wildflowers.

If you want more information, you can contact Stacy at the Ranger Service on 447 7145.