What We've Done
This page contains information on all the work which the Friends of Cammo have done to help our beautiful park.
What We’ve Done
Friends of Cammo
* Formed in 1999.
* Registered as a Scottish charity in 2002.
* Committee members become charity trustees in 2011.
* Drew up Vision for Cammo Estate in 2016.
* Registered for Gift Aid in 2017.
* Agreed priorities for Cammo Regeneration starting in 2018.
Planted around 2400 trees and hedgerow shrubs:
* In 2001 planted 50 trees in High and Low Meadows, transplanted in Low Meadow in 2003.
* In 2004 planted 200 thorns as hedgerow along south perimeter of South West Meadow.
* In 2005 planted 630 trees and shrubs along division between North and Home Fields and at east end of North Field, supported by £259 grant from SNH.
* In 2005 planted 60 trees and shrubs along the western edge of North Field.
* In 2007 planted Ash and Oak: 27 in Home Field, 35 in North Field, 24 in South Field.
* In 2008 planted 10 holly and blackthorn at North Gate.
* In 2010 planted 112 trees and thorns along west side of North Drive and 30 mixed thorns between hawthorn bushes in South Field.
* In 2012 planted 12 Scots Pines: 6 at top of High Meadow and 6 along south edge North Field.
* In 2013 planted 88 thorns and 3 trees along bottom of High Meadow, 53 thorns and 4 trees along path between wildflower areas, 61 thorns around eastern perimeter of Beech Roundel, 30 thorns between wildflower cut-out areas in Home Field, all supported by grant of £1826 from Central Scotland Green Network that also paid for tools, Pinetum conifers and wildflower seed.
* Also in 2013 planted 22 oak saplings at various locations, 12 honeysuckle around perimeter of bee enclosure and 6 Birch, 3 Holly and 3 Guelder Rose at north end of wildflower area 3.
* In 2014 planted 200 trees and hedgerow plants to extend hedgerow at north side of North Field, supported by grant of £630 from Edinburgh Airport.
* In 2015 planted 112 hedgerow trees and plants to form new hedgerow across South Field, 62 new hedgerow trees and plants along east edge of South Field, and 8 Oak to supplement Ash in North and Home Fields.
* In 2015 cleared rhododendrons at top of East Avenue and replaced with 22 Yew trees.
* In 2015 mulched 180 young trees in South Field with wood chippings and mulched all young trees in Home Field and North Field with grass cuttings. In 2016 used cut grass to mulch trees in hedgerow across South Field.
* In 2017 planted 200 trees and shrubs in dip at West Field, funded by Postcode Lottery. In 2018 replaced 130 of the tree shelters with taller mesh to reduce deer damage.
* In 2018 planted 115 trees to screen new house and divert path from old oak.
* Over period 2006-2018 planted 8 conifers in Pinetum, to join 7 endangered conifers planted by Botanics in 2007, all protected by post and chicken-wire enclosures.
* Planted 20 Apple, 6 Plum and 4 Pear trees, all native varieties, in Walled Garden in 2015.
* Planted four other memorial and special trees elsewhere in Cammo in 2015 and 2017.
* In 2017 comfrey planted in silt in Low Meadow and gorse planted, funded by Postcode Lottery.
* Planted daffodil bulbs in grass verges of East Avenue: 1500 in 2008 and 2300 in 2009.
* Removed turf, prepared first 3 wildflower areas and seed sown in 2011.
* Hired digger to remove turf from 3 new wildflower areas in Home Field in 2012, established in 2013 supported by £630 grant from Almond Neighbourhood Partnership.
* In 2014, extended wildflower areas 1 and 2, and raked and seeded area 4.
* Continuing maintenance of all wildflower areas.
* Yellow rattle seed, funded by £510 from Baillie Gifford grant, spread in fields in 2017.
* In 2018 prepared ground for new wildflower areas in South, Home and North Fields.
* A 6x4 metre wood and wire mesh enclosure built in Walled Garden for two bee hives in 2013.
* One bee hive installed but removed due to unforeseen danger to public in 2014.
* Erected two new five strand wire fences around new bee enclosure at Beech Roundel in 2015, supported by £3804 grant from Edinburgh Airport. Old enclosure dismantled.
* A bee-hive was installed in 2016, a new bee colony installed in 2017, volunteers to maintain. Colony died in spring 2018.
* In 2003 put up 6 owl boxes, 15 tit boxes and 11 bat boxes.
* In 2004 put up 1 owl and 2 Great Tit boxes.
* In 2018, 3 jackdaw boxes and 6 starling boxes, funded by £490 from Baillie Gifford grant.
* Litter picks twice a year, in spring and autumn since 2007.
* In 2006 removed gean regrowth at top of East Avenue where it was shading stands of Horse Mint.
* In 2007 removed dilapidated, redundant and dangerous barbed-wire fence at bottom of Home Field.
* In 2008 purchased 10 tons of Type 1 Aggregate for in-filling of muddy pathways.
* In 2011, to improve access paths into South Field from Car Park, dug out muddy areas and spread 10 tons of Type 1 Aggregate.
* In 2012 hedge laying at SW Meadow commissioned and demonstrated, supported by grant of £768 from Almond Neighbourhood Partnership.
* Ivy control carried out on 25 broadleaf trees throughout estate in 2012.
* Clean-up of Bughtlin Burn in 2012.
* Removed fallen branches and floating debris from Canal and banks in 2011.
* In 2016 grant of £9006 awarded by Postcode Lottery Trust for Canal clearing and other projects.
* Canal was drained in 2016, and in 2017 silt was removed by digger and edges restored, funded by Postcode Lottery. Canal refilled, plants and wildlife returned.
* Archaeological watching brief and survey during work at Canal, funded by FoC.
* Wood debris removed from Canal in 2018.
Rescued historical remains:
* Stone bench rescued from terrace in 2003, restored outside Lodge in 2007.
* Pinetum stone wall and stairway exposed and conserved 2003 to 2005, supported by £4662 grant from LDC.
* In 2004 sundial returned with £2205 Community Grant, and stone vase conserved.
Lodge visitor centre:
* Volunteers staff the Lodge on Sunday afternoons since 2002 (Saturdays 2000-2002). Included opening over Christmas break starting 2017.
* Fence round new children’s area near Visitor Centre supported by grant in 2008.
* Lodge cleaned up, electric problems fixed, key safe fitted, lodge painted and decorated in 2016.
On-Site visitor information and facilities:
* Carried out visitor surveys and car counts in 2000-01.
* Contributed to design of Information Boards at estate entrances in 2008.
* Erected 4 additional perch seats in 2009 (2 at High/Low Meadow and 2 at SW Meadow).
* Commissioned interpretation panels for wildflower and Pinetum, supported by £3000 grant from Almond Neighbourhood Partnership in 2011, installed 2012.
* Carried out visitor survey in 2017 to inform Cammo Regeneration plan (potential Heritage Lottery Fund bid).
* BBQs in 2013 to 2017 averaging over 300 participants (2018 cancelled because of heavy rain forecast).
* Open day in 2001.
* Talks by Lothian Bat Group and Lothian Badger Group, and bat walk in 2003.
* Six recognition walks in 2005-06: three for birds, one flora, one fungus and one for trees.
* History of Cammo talks 2006 and 2007.
* In 2007 Natural History of Cammo walk, Birds of Cammo walk and Aquatic Life in Cammo Canal talk and walk.
* In 2008 Family Bird Hunt and Family Tree Hunt, hosted the Scottish launch of the RSPB Birds of Prey Campaign and Pictorial History of Cammo illustrated talk.
* Historical Treks in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and walk/talk Management of Cammo Woodlands in 2010.
* In 2013 slide show of Wildflower Project and Cammo’s wildlife at Cramond Kirk Halls, illustrated talk on Bee-keeping and illustrated talk to Friends of Parks annual meeting in City Chambers.
* In 2017 four guided walks for Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society event, and guided walk for Love Parks Week.
* Twice-yearly illustrated talks at FoC meetings, starting late 2017.
* Snow day at Cammo in 2018
* Botanical Society of Scotland Bioblitz at Cammo in 2018.
Fun in the Snow
* Three editions of A Short History of Cammo Estate in 2000, 2009 and 2017.
* Two editions of Self-Guided Walks in 2001 and 2009, followed by two walk leaflets in 2018.
* Two editions of Cammo’s Pinetum and Exotic Conifers in 2013 and 2015 (third planned for March 2019).
* Souvenir notelets in 2000.
* Twice-yearly newsletter since 2005, using laptop and printer secured by grant of £1270 from Awards for All.
* Facebook page set up in 2011 for photos, videos and information, now with over 600 likes.
* Website created by Royal High School pupils, launched in 2019.