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Thriving Green Spaces Edinburgh – Update on Spylaw Park Spirit of Place engagement

This first newsletter from Thriving Green Spaces contains an update on the Spirit of Place statement for Spylaw Park, developed after local consultations last summer; and outlines the next steps. It also invites further comment  and an opportunity to subscribe to the Newsletter.

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Water of Leith Works Update

Spylaw Car Park is to close on weekdays from Monday 12 October till further notice.  Scottish Water have written to update us on the latest Water of Leith works as follows:
I am writing to provide an update on our work along the Water of Leith. We are now well into work at our site at Juniper Green and are due to start site mobilisation for the Kingsknowe CSO project at Spylaw/Colinton Dell on the 12th October.
As previously communicated, during this time from Monday to Friday Spylaw car park will be closed to public vehicles (with pedestrian access being maintained) from Monday to Friday but will be reopened over the weekend.
We will continue to update the project webpages as the project progresses:
Catherine Henderson

Mob: 07875 873 868

Japanese knotweed – Fact and Fiction

Local ecologist Nigel Rudd shares his knowledge of Japanese knotweed, giving us the facts- and clearing up some of the fiction- surrounding this prolific plant.

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is an elegant herbaceous perennial plant which was imported to Britain by Victorian plant collectors.  Popular because of its striking appearance, vigour and size, the species has, in common with many introduced plants, ‘escaped’ into the wild, where it rapidly grows into very dense stands, reaching heights up to 4m.

IMG 9431 yellow leaves red stemsStand showing typical yellow leaves and red stems

IMG 9486 Dense summer standsDense summer stand with clusters of creamy flowers











Why is Japanese knotweed important?

This species threatens the UK’s biodiversity because most native plants simply cannot compete with its rapid spring growth (up to 10cm a day); its prolific rhizomes (shoot-producing underground stems), and its habit of growing in dense, single-species stands. It grows almost anywhere - on derelict land, riverbanks, abandoned properties, railway lines, and gardens.  Its presence can be the result of previous land use, but very often it arises because of illegal fly tipping.  It is widespread throughout Edinburgh, and in Colinton the species occurs in the valley of the Water of Leith, in woodlands and in private gardens.     

Can it damage buildings? READ MORE to find out

Read more: Japanese knotweed – Fact and Fiction

Information on non-native invasive weeds

We have prepared some information on Japanese Knotweed for private owners of property. Click this link to read it.

The City of Edinburgh Council have an invasive weeds team to deal with both Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed on Council owned land. For further information follow the links below.

Non-native species Factsheet

Download Japanese Knotweed advice HERE