How did our drinking fountain originally look?

Is this what the drinking fountain originally looked like ? Does its country cousin provide the answer?

The 1942 film The Message Must Get Through is the only record of its original appearance we have found. It shows that the Park’s unusual tapering type of Glenfield & Kennedy drinking fountain had some kind of projecting top. What did it look like? If anyone remembers, we’d very much like to hear from you.

Only two other examples of this type still exist, but only one of them still has what could be the same sort of top. It is in Kintore in Aberdeenshire, an appropriate spot for a broad Doric column, where it was photographed by Historic Scotland in 1970. Our thanks to Kenny Thomson of Kintore Community Council who took the coloured ones. It’s not clear exactly how it worked, but presumably water must have come out from the central hole. Perhaps the central cylinder was designed to hold a metal cup?

               

Kintore’s one also still has the typical G&K counterbalanced turn handle.

It seems likely that the Park’s fountain dates from 1935, when the nearby Pavilion was built as there’s no mention of it on OS maps until their next edition in the 1940’s.

We have prepared a feasibility study on bringning the fountain back into use. If you recall how Roseburn Park’s drinking fountain originally looked, please contact us at chair@friendsofroseburnpark.org.uk

Launch of New Walking Guide for Roseburn Park

FoRP are pleased to announce the launch of a new walking guide to Roseburn Park, researched and written by local resident Rosie Bell. Beginning at the west entrance to the park at Roseburn Place, the guide  features the stadium, the Armoury, the murals, the Murrayfield DAFs and Wanderers, the ice rink, curling and flood defences. The guide links to associated documents on the park’s history as irrigated meadows, supporting the Dalry/Murrayfield mills and the Roseburn floods of April 2000.

More info on the Roseburn Park History page here

Watering Tubs and Trees in a dry April

On Sunday 18th April, the FoRP volunteer taskforce were out watering and weeding our tubs and the many new trees in the park in what has been a very dry April. In particular, we have had two new cherry trees planted which really needed hydrating, as they are just coming into bud. These trees, near Roseburn Crescent, were funded by a grant from the Murrayfield DAFs cricket club and form part of the Ian Shiels memorial legacy.

The log bench also got a fresh coat of finishing oil, as the bark is beginning to shed; protecting what was underneath from the elements will help in securing its longevity.

Pitch improvement in Roseburn Park begins

The improvement work on the two pitches on the west side of Roseburn Park commenced today. The contractor, Allgrass Ltd, has been commissioned by Murrayfield Wanderers using funding from the SRU to improve drainage.  First Allgrass must remove the turf; FoRP are pleased to observe that glysophate will not be used for this. The Wanderers have contributed to the funding to ensure that a mechanical removal (koroing) will be used instead. Care is also being taken to protect park trees.

The work will be completed in 30 weeks time – hopefully by the 11th October.

For more info, see our website post of August 2020.

Improving The Borders

Volunteers Ann Anderson, Isobel Sheppard and Barbara Knowles busy planting primulae and daffodils in November in the Triangle area of Roseburn Park, by Roseburn Crescent. An ongoing project, the border is already looking colourful.

Annual General Meeting 28th October at 7.30pm

We shall be holding our AGM on Wednesday 28th October at 7.30pm.

Because of COVID, rather than hold it at a physical location, we will be holding it online by Zoom.

This will allow you to hear what the Committee has to say about FoRP’s activities and give the chance to ask questions.

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to peter.n.gregson@outlook.com Nearer the AGM date we will send respondents the papers and the link to the meeting. It will just be case of clicking on the link in order to connect. Your computer will need at least a microphone and audio to allow you to hear- if you wish to be seen you can use the camera on your laptop as well.

We currently have a vacancy on the Committee and if you are interested in it, please let us know before the meeting.

Application for War Memorial Status for the Armoury

One of the observers on the FoRP Board has submitted an application for the Armoury to be given War Memorial status to the War Memorials Trust. The calls for the inscription of this Second World War era building as a War Memorial on the basis of its use an an ARP Control Centre building. We hope to get a decision in the next couple of months. If you’d like to read the application, please click here

Pitch Development in the West Side of the Park

The Council have agreed for Murrayfield Wanderers to have drainage at the rugby pitches improved in the park, using funding from the SRU at Murrayfield. They are providing £150,000 to pay for contractors to dig up the two rugby pitches, put in drainage, and then reinstate them. The investment is a planning condition imposed by the Council arising from the Edinburgh Rugby development on the training pitches at Murrayfield, where the SRU are erecting a new stadium.

The works would happen in two phases, with one pitch developed while the second remains playable. Once pitch one is complete the works would move to pitch two. At present there is drainage in the east side of the park but none in the west. The weather over the past couple of years has highlighted the vulnerabilities of the current poor drainage, with the grounds becoming boggy after heavy downpours. 

The works are scheduled to go out shortly to tender before commencing later in 2020. Access to and from the site will be via the existing access road at Roseburn Crescent.

The Council have given FoRP the tender documents in advance and asked us to circulate them. The specifications for the work can be downloaded here.MWRFC_Section B_Specification_DRAFT

The Conditions of the contract can be downloaded here MWRFC_Section A_Conditions_DRAFT

The location plan showing the extent of works can be downloaded here 101_Location Plan with more information on the layout of each pitch here 102_General Layout

Pitch construction details are here103_Pitch Construction Detail and drainage layout 104_Drainage Layout and drainage details 105_Drainage Details

The Bill of Quantities, with more details of what the work entails, is here MWRFC_Section C_BoQ_DRAFT

Please submit all queries, questions or comments on the proposed work to Graham Croucher in the Council’s Sports Development Team at Graham.Croucher@edinburgh.gov.uk  with a copy to Ritchie Fraser, the local Parks officer, at ritchie.fraser@edinburgh.gov.uk   and a copy to the Friends of Roseburn Park at secretary@friendsofroseburnpark.org.uk  . There is no deadline, but the sooner the better.

Friends of Roseburn Park comment: Whilst generally welcoming improvements to the  park’s amenity, we are concerned about plans to use glyphosate herbicide to clear the turf initially, pointing to the Council and SEPA’s restrictions. There are procedures which have to be followed if it is permissible to use it in a public park where people including small children are going to be walking/exercising nearby, dogs are able to exercise unleashed etc. We will request as an alternative that the turf be cut and removed.

We are also pointing out there’s a concrete slab under the flood wall that extends a few metres underneath the grass.  We are asking the Council to ensure that none of the trees planted are damaged during building works.  Also access to the site for trucks sits on the route to school taken by Roseburn Primary School pupils and we want assurances on safety. We also don’t believe the path there, with the sharp bend at the old playpark, is wide enough to get vehicles round.

CRICKET CLUB PLANS THIRD NET LANE

Also in a much smaller development, the Council have given Murrayfields DAFs Cricket Club the green light to construct a third net lane along side the existing 2 they have already. All 3 will also be resurfaced. The 3rd lane is in response to the huge upsurge and success of their junior section and is subject to the DAFs raising the necessary funds.  The earliest the work would go ahead is spring 2021.

Watering new trees in dry May

Volunteers from Friends of Roseburn Park’s task force, led by our Secretary, Barbara Knowles in May 2020, watering the many new trees planted over the past couple of years:

The baby trees dry out quickly and need plenty of watering in dry periods. Note the COVID 2-metre distance is being followed!