Meetings and events

Coming up in 2014

      • Tuesdays 10-12:30 Nature Play and Gardening Club for Tweenies, Community Garden. More information here.
      • First Sunday of the month 2 pm.  Gardening Group at RECG (Community Garden at Myreside).   More information here.  Hope to resume first Sunday in September 2014.

        Community garden workdays

        There are workdays at the community garden Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They usually start work at 10am and meet at the portacabin, inside large black gate on Myreside Road.  Feel free to drop in to see the site and/or get your hands dirty for a few hours.  See for details.

        Past meetings or events

        Gardening Group at RECG: Sunday 2nd March, Sunday 6th April, Sunday 4th May.

        Wednesday 26th February 8 pm, Polwarth Church.  Discussing the future of Shandon Local Food Group.
        Sunday 2nd February.  2 pm.  Gardening Group at RECG (Community Garden at Myreside).   More information here.

        Sunday 5th January.  Fun Session and Tour of the Community Garden. Meeting 1:30 at Margiotta’s, Harrison Gardens or 2 pm at the gardens. More information here.
        Thursday  21st November 7:30 pm Autumn Community Meal @ Caley Sample Room
        Sunday 3rd November 2-4:30 pm Gardening Group at the Community Garden. More information here.Tuesday 17th September 7.30pm Community Meal at Bia Bistrot, Collinton Rd near Holy Corner (book direct on 452 8453 information here.Sunday 1st September 2-4:30 pm Gardening Group at the Community Garden. More information here.Saturday 31st August 6:00-7:30 pm Bring and Share Community Meal.  Drennan (larger) Hall, Polwarth Church.More information here.Sunday 7th July and 4th August 2-4:30 pm Gardening Group at the Community Garden. More information here.Thursday 20th June  7:30 pm Summer Community Meal @ Caley Sample Room (337 7204 to book) Menu here.Sunday 2nd June 2-4:30 pm Gardening Group at the Community Garden. More information here.Tuesday 14th May 7:30-8:30 pm History of the Colonies. Polwarth Church Hall.  Tea/coffee from 7 pm. More information here.

        Saturday 4th May 3 pm – 5 pm Spring Family Ceilidh. Polwarth Church Hall. More information here.

        Sunday 5th May 2-4:30 pm Gardening Group at the Community Garden. More information here.

        Wednesday 17th April Community Meal at Bia Bistrot, Collinton Rd near Holy Corner (book direct on 452 8453

        Sunday 7th April 2-4:30 pm Gardening Group at the Community Garden.

        Wednesday 20th March 8:00 – 9:30 pm Polwarth Church Hall.  AGM with Slide Show and discussion groups.

        Sunday 3rd March 2-4:30 pm Gardening Group at the Community Garden.

        Wednesday 27th February 8:00 – 9:30 pm Polwarth Church Hall. Talk on Food Sovereignty.

        Thursday 7th February 7:30 pm Winter Community Meal at Caley Sample Room  Menu here.

        Sunday 3rd February 2-4:30 pm Gardening Group at the Community Garden.  More information here.

        Wednesday 12 December 2012.  Christmas Special, Phoenix Club with Mulled Wine and Guest Speakers “Brewing New Life into Fountainbridge” including details of the Grove Mobile Community Garden.
        Tuesday 27 November Urban Bee Keeping Talk, Phoenix Club

        Sunday 28 October Whitmuir Farm Visit.

        Tuesday 2 October 7.30pm: Seasonal Meal, Bia Bistrot

        Sunday 30 September 2-4 Harvest Ceilidh, Phoenix Club

        Saturday 8 September Local Food Fair, Polwarth Church.

        Tuesday 14 August.  10:00-13:00 Whitmuir Farm Visit.

        Saturday 21 July 1-3 pm Polwarth Church Small Hall Focus Group Discussion with tea and biscuits.

        Thursday 19 July Summer Seasonal Meal at the Caley Sample Room on Angle Park Terrace.  Click here for menu.

        Tuesday 3, 10, 17 July Gardening and Nature Play for Tweenies at the Royal Edinburgh Community Garden, Myreside Road.

        Tuesday 12 June, 7:30 Seasonal Meal at Bia Bistot. Click here for Menu (book direct on 452 8453 |

        Sunday 10 June 2-5 pm Drop in afternoon at the Royal Edinburgh Community Garden, Myreside Road.

        Sunday 10 June 7-7:30 Talk and question time about Garden Sharing, Edinburgh Garden Partners, Phoenix Club.

        Sunday 10 June 7:30-9:30 Workshop on making Edible Bouquets, Phoenix Club.

        Tuesday 29 May 6:30-8:30 Compost Crazy Wormery Class, RECG.

        Monday 28th May 6:30-8:30 Compost Crazy Wormery Class, RECG.

        Sunday 27 May, Garden crawl (Meal on the Move!) from Margiotta at 5:30 finishing with tea and cake at the community garden (RECG) by about 7:30.

        Saturday 12 May – Ally Boyd, Cooking in a Chef’s Home Kitchen.

        Wednesday 2 May 6:30-8:30 Compost Crazy Wormery Class, RECG.
        Tuesday 1 May 6:30-8:30 Garden Course, From Seeds to Salads, RECG.

        Saturday 21 April, 2 pm – 5 pm Drop-in Community Garden Work Afternoon, RECG

        Thursday 19 April, 7:30 Spring Meal at Caley Sample Room (book direct on 0131 337 7204)

        Saturday 24 March, 11am-2pm, Local Food Fair, Polwarth Church Hall.  Click here for details of stalls and prizes!

        Sunday 18 March, 10:30-1:30, 2 – 4:30 pm.  Compost Crazy Wormery Course.  Click here for photos.

        Saturday 17 March 7 pm – Ally Boyd, Cooking in a Chef’s Home Kitchen.  Click here for photos of the fantastic 4 course meal that Ally cooked for £15

        Wednesday 14 March, 7:30 pm AGM with Winehouse Tasting, Phoenix Club.  Click here for more details.

        Sunday 11 March, 2 pm – 5 pm Community Garden Work Afternoon, RECG or arrive from 12:30 for picnic.

        Sunday 11 March, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Cleft Grafting: Click here for photos.

        Sunday 11 March, 10 am – 12:30 pm How to Grow Fruit up Walls: Click here for photos.

        Sunday 19 February, 2 pm – 5 pm Community Garden Work Afternoon.  Click here for photos.

        Tuesday 7 February, 7:30pm Seasonal Meal at Bia Bistrot.  Click here for photos.

        Sunday 5th February, 10-1 pm/11:30-1:30/2 – 4 pm.  Make your Own Wormery and learn about composting systems.

        Thursday 19 January, 7:30pm Winter meal at Caley Sample Room

        Sunday 8th January Making Raised Beds and Winter Pruning courses were a huge success.  Click here for some photos taken at these courses.

        6th December 2011, 7.30-9.30pm – Christmas canapés with Jenny Mill, Townhouse Catering. Click here for photos.

        Thursday 15 December 2011 featured two talks: No child left inside, and Guerrilla gardening. Read about the 15 December event here

        29th November 2011, 7.30-9.30pm – Cooking Winter Vegetables with chef Ally Boyd, who cooked at our March Food Fair

        Organic gardening courses on 30 October 2011 and 13 November 2011. See our blog post for details and how to book. update: write-up of the gardening courses are now available.

        10 September 2011: Local Food Fair at Polwarth Church Hall: 11am-2pm.  Photos by Callum MacLellan click here.

        21 March 2011: AGM 7.30pm at the Phoenix Club, Harrison Gardens.  See the key documents page for papers.

        26 March 2011: Local Food Fair at Polwarth Church Hall: 11am-2pm.  Click here to see Callum MacLellan’s photos of this event.   Local farmers and producers selling local food; children’s activities, including face-painting and baking; and a community cafe.

        21 February 2011: Growers’ Question Time, 7.30pm at the Phoenix Club, Harrison Gardens

        We’ll be showing 2 short films about food, then your questions and answers and a seed share. Please come prepared to get involved! To make the evening work well, please bring seeds or plants to share, or a photo of your garden, or even your favourite gardening book that you’d like to tell us about. We’ll try and answer your questions about growing food in Shandon.

        17 January 2011: Shop Local Shandon Launch, 7.30pm at the Phoenix Club, Harrison Gardens

        Join us for the launch of our new campaign to promote our local shops.

        20 January 2011: Local Food Night, 7.30pm, in partnership with the Caley Sample Room, Angle Park Terrace.

        The latest in our regular events with local pub / restaurant CSR.  See the menu

        “Food for thought” – with award-winning journalist, Alex Renton Monday 22 November 7.30pm at Phoenix Club , Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh 

        Alex kicks off our winter series of talks with a talk on food and climate change, from an international perspective.  All welcome.  Download a flier.

        Local food nights at the Caley Sample Room

        The CSR on Angle Park Terrace has set up local food nights along with SLFG for the year ahead.  The next one is 23 September 2010.

        Community Garden Event

        On Saturday 18th September from 2 to 6.30pm we’ll be celebrating harvest time at the Royal Edinburgh Community Garden.  Come along and help pick apples, dig potatoes and pull up onions.   Then we’ll bake potatoes, make soup from the veg patch and juice apples to share.  There’ll also be a tour of the gardens for anyone who hasn’t been before, or hasn’t been for a while, as well as Edinburgh Slow Food’s ‘Taste Adventure’ for children.

        Bring a mug, plate, knife and fork, as well as your wellies.

        Everyone’s very welcome, whether or not you’ve been to the garden before.

        Second annal “Bring and Share” event: 5pm on Saturday 11 September 2010 at Polwarth Church Hall

        All residents are warmly welcomed to join us for our second annual “Bring and Share” event.  All that we ask is that you bring some local food: something that you have grown yourself or purchased from a local producer.  It does not have to be complicated: a simple salad is fine.

        Monday 26 April 2010 – Annual General Meeting

        Join us to reflect on the year past, to plan for the year ahead, elect a new committee and hear from a special guest speaker. 7.30 pm at Phoenix Centre, Harrison Gardens. Go to our key documents section to see a copy of our annual accounts and draft budget for 2010-11.

        Thursday 18 March 2010. 7.30pm at Caley Sample Room

        Our first local food night with the Caley Sample Room on Angle Park Terrace.  Join us at the CSR restaurant for a evening meal based on local seasonal food.  See the poster and preview the menu (price includes wine).

        Monday 8 March 2010

        Gardening question time – whether you have an allotment, garden, backgreen, or window box –  now is the time to be planting.  Join us to find out what you can do.  We will also be showcasing our new community seeds table with seeds available to take away for a small donation

        7.30pm at the Phoenix Club.

        Saturday 20 February 2010

        First clear-up day for the new community garden site at Myreside.  25 people came along from Shandon on a sunny winter’s day.  See Callum’s photos!

        Monday 8 February 2010 7.30-9.30pm

        What a waste!” – we heard from Rosie Lewis of the Kitchen Canny project on what we can do to reduce food waste.  The evening also heard from our 3 Action Groups on home-growing, community garden and local producers/shops.

        We’ve since spoken to Kitchen Canny about recruiting some Shandon “agents” to promote food waste reduction.  See here if you are interested in this.

        14 December 2009

        This meeting of Shandon Local Food Group featured:

        –      Greig Robertson, founder and director of Edinburgh Community Backgreens Association, a unique Edinburgh project which has been transforming backgreens and other common areas over the last three years.  Greig is keen to work with the community in Shandon.

        –       Osbert Lancaster, of Footprint Consulting.  Osbert has been working the Food Group since the summer to look at the “carbon footprint” of Shandon and how we can build a community response to the challenge of local food.  Osbert outlined his findings so far.

        Triple Bill on 28 October 2009

        “Grow your own in urban gardens”, with Rob Ford of Bridgend Allotments and Tonya Brash, Edinburgh Garden Share Scheme.

        Rob will tell us about how the NHS uses the Bridgend organic allotment to encourage healthy lifestyles, and answer any vegetable questions you have. If you don’t have space to grow or have spare garden space, Tonya will tell us about a project matching gardeners to gardens.

        “The Power of Community: how Cuba Survived Peak Oil”
        The story of how Cuba transitioned from large fossil fuel intensive farming to small less intensive farms and urban gardens. Film and discussion with those who experienced it first-hand!

        Shandon’s Celebration of Local Food – 22 August 2009

        The Local Food Group’s first big community event was on on August 22 at 5pm in Polwarth Church Hall.  Between 80-100 local residents took part, bringing along food which they’d grown themselves or bought from local producers.  It was a great success!

        Thanks to the Church, Scotmid for supplies and Caledonian Brewery for local beer!

        Visit to Colinton Community Compost 4 July

        Rather than having an indoor meeting this time we thought we’d respond to all the interest there’s been in composting by organising a trip to the ground-breaking Colinton Community Compost scheme – see

        The visit was on Saturday 4 July, 10am-12 and was suitable for all the family.

        21 April 2009: AGM

        The next meeting is on 21 April at 7.30pm at the Phoenix Club (halfway along Harrison Gardens).  This will be our AGM with a session on choosing priorities and a special guest speaker, Pete Ritchie of Whitmuir Organics.  All residents in Shandon are welcome! See our key documents page for details of who is standing for election and reports.

        Meeting of 11 March 2009

        “A bunch of people got together to eat food which was produced near where they lived.  What is “new” about that?  But it shows how corrupt our food system is that it was and is news”

        So began Mike Small of the Fife Diet Group as he explained the origins and progress of that group over the last 18 months; how it had grown in scale and how it had engaged the imaginations of many people.  In a humorous and inspiring presentation Mike ranged from the global climate crisis to the joys of asparagus in season and from Voltaire to the difficulty of securing oats.

        Mike’s presentation was followed by a nuts and bolts, but equally interesting presentation from Helen and Liz about how to set up a compost bin that actually produces compost.  You can view the presentation in the key documents section.

        Altogether an uplifting evening.

        Meeting of 3 February

        See key documents section for the minutes of this well-attended set up meeting.

4 Responses to Meetings and events

  1. Marcia Pereira says:

    I won´t be able to attend the meeting, as I am away from Edinburgh until May. But I wish you a very productive meeting!
    I am looking forward to seeing our Shandon gardens greener and full of vegetables and fruits as the ones I can see over here.

  2. Amie says:

    Our Bring and Share event on 22 August was a great success! I really enjoyed meeting my neighbours and tasting all the culinary delights.

    It would be great to share recipes from the day. I’m afraid mine was simply roast allotment vegetable surprise!

  3. Ann Burgess says:

    Recipe from Ann Burgess Oct09

    Raspberry meringue

    Make meringues:
     Whisk whites of 3 eggs (local and free range of course!) until they form soft peaks.
     Carefully and slowly whisk in 175g castor sugar (Fairtrade).
     Put spoonsful of the mixture on lightly oiled baking sheet and bake in oven for about one hour at Mark 1 / 140C.
    It does not matter if you do not make perfect meringues because when they are ready and cooled you crush them and put at the bottom of a nice dish.

    Add about a large tub of full cream organic or homemade yoghurt (or cream) over the top of the crushed meringues.

    Top with plenty of local in-season raspberries.

    Eat soon.

    I made this when we were in Glenisla (Angus) using fresh local ‘Glenample’ raspberries. In winter I have used thawed raspberries from the freezer – a bit messier but tastes OK.

    Let me know if you want more recipes – I hope this is not too late. Ann

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