The Pentland Hills Regional Park experienced a mild but wet winter, but that did not stop the path improvements and tree planting taking place. Issue 43 details these works along with articles relating to the Regional Park in spring and summer;  Moorlands, Biodiversity Surveying and lambing to name but a few. As well as including article from the four area officers who have had a very busy few months. Enjoy! 

Click on the link here to read issue 43 of Pentland Beacon in PDF format:
Pentland Beacon - issue 43

logo-greenflagSpylaw Park is one of 30 public parks in the Lothians to receive the Green Flag award this year. This follows a concerted programme of improvements to the Park over the last two years in which CAA has been in partnership with the City of Edinburgh's Parks Department (who provided most of the funding and implemented many of the improvements to the park area) and with Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust (who secured additional funding and managed the improvements to the woodlands and to the main access route). CAA also contributed financially, with the funding of new signposts. This is the first time that Spylaw Park has received this award: the Green Flag award is a national standard of excellence for parks and greenspaces throughout the United Kingdom

To report invasive non-native species on Council-owned land please email the Council's Weed Control Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0131 657 4815.
To report invasive non-native species on privately owned land please email the Council's Environmental Health Service at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0131 529 3030.

The Pentland Hills Regional Park has seen another busy year. The 2013/14 annual report outlines changes that have taken place in the Natural Heritage Service; with four Natural Heritage Officers now having responsibility for designated areas in the Park. This will help re-establish links with landowners and farmers as well as maintaining the path network.

Colinton Amenity Association takes the local environment very seriously. We monitor issues which arise or are brought to our attention by local residents and have regular contact with Council representatives in the local Pentlands Neighbourhood Partnership office to have issues dealt with as soon as possible.

Any matter of concern related to the local environment can be reported to the Council direct on 0131 527 3800 (or 3878), or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with a copy to the CAA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can monitor progress. We are also happy to take up issues with the Council ourselves if that is helpful.