A Rotary priority, locally and internationally.

The protection and enhancement of the environment is a priority for us locally as it is for Rotary internationally.

We have organized several projects over the years demonstrating our commitment, most notably in 2002 by initiating the redevelopment of the site in Currie, where we now maintain our display of flowers each year (featured separately) and in 2005, when we worked with the Pentland Hills Rangers to develop the Harlaw Wildlife Garden.

Most recently, in 2022, we joined with Pentlands Eco Network, the Village Green and other volunteers, including Susan Webber (MSP), clearing litter in Roley’s Wood in Currie. Some of the volunteers are pictured above, including Rotary members Percy Farren and Don McLeod - and Roy Stirrat with his wheelbarrow: he made some interesting discoveries – a traffic cone, a road sign, a plastic cricket bat and a shoe – just the one shoe. Did someone hop home?


Then in 2023 we worked again with Pentlands Eco Network and Village Green to establish an orchard of 25 fruit trees in George V Park in Currie, serving to enhance the local environment for the benefit of local residents. This brought together a host of volunteers and we were helped by Craig Dunlop from Edinburgh City Council, who brought advice – and much-needed wood-chip – and by the local Pentlands Men’s Shed, who provided the signs.

But that’s not all. We now have cherry trees planted in George V Park – a Rotary initiative but carried out by Edinburgh District Council, who offered not only to provide the 12 cherry trees we had planned but also to plant them.

All of these have been great collaborative community projects and we have welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment both to supporting the local community and to protecting the environment.

And as a last contribution for 2023, we have participated in raising awareness of Rotary’s work to bring an end to polio across the world by planting purple crocus corms each autumn. In November we planted 5000 corms, purchased by one of our members, to provide a spring display in George V Park.


Related pages...

Year's summary

more A summary of activities in Rotary Year 2023/24


more Set up by Currie Balerno Rotary in 2016 but now jointly managed with Balerno Village Trust

Food Banks

more supporting two local food banks

logos of partnering organisations

Achievement Through Co-operation

more working with other organisations to achieve more.

Riding for the Disabled (RDA)

more We have supported RDA in Balerno for over 30 years.

Plants on railings at Currie

Currie Flowers

more We have maintained a flower display at Currie every year since 2002.

Craft fair at the Gyle Centre

Childrens Craft Fairs and Gift Wrapping

more All at The Gyle Shopping Centre

Pentlands Ukrainian Support Group

more Partnership established 2022

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'What We Do' - in the community

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