Scotland’s BIG Nature Festival 2015

Scotland’s BIG nature festival is back 23-24 May, Levenhall Links, Musselburgh! There’s loads to keep wildlife lovers and families entertained all weekend. This  award-winning festival has gone from strength to strength – boasting a packed programme covering everything from specialist wildlife talks, walks and demos,  loads of children’s activities like storytelling, puppet shows, bug bioblitz, pond dipping, willow weaving and loads more ways to give your intrepid wildlife explorers a really wild day out!   

This year RSPB has teamed up with East Lothian Council and have a fantastic new venue, renown for its open spaces and wildlife, overlooking the Firth of Forth and part of the John Muir Way. Over 100 exhibitors offer something for everybody, from the latest wildlife technology, fantastic science, art, books, and much more.   

Visitors can enjoy great locally sourced artisan food and drink, and a farmers market in association with Scotland Year of Food and Drink, and live entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets please visit  (adults £12 Children £2 under 5’s free).

For more information about the festival click here…….RSPB Families leaflet_HR

The Ecover Schools Blue Mile


The national focus day will this year take place on 6th June where schools across the country will join our nationwide campaign and do something amazing for our seas, shores and wildlife.

It is a great opportunity to teach outdoor learning and a wide range of curriculum subjects, and get local communities involved. There are several ideas of how schools can join in in our information booklet and schools webpage.



Project Ability – ‘Celebrate’ Commonwealth Visual Arts Opportunity


Project Ability is one of Scotland’s leading visual arts organisations, supporting people of all ages with disabilities and mental health issues to explore their creative potential.

As part of our celebrations for Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games, we are offering ten Scottish schools the opportunity to work with our experienced visual artists to help create a large scale fabric banner, which will be displayed in Glasgow City Centre later this year.

Exploring ‘Flowers of the Commonwealth’ pupils will have the opportunity to create a fantastic flower patch through a one day, school based workshop. Our online resource pack will enable children and young people from across Scotland and the Commonwealth to explore Commonwealth culture through the investigation of national flowers, and contribute their own flower patch to our final banner.

Workshops will take place in school from April-June 2014. There is no cost involved for participation in this programme and all specialist tuition and materials are included. We are looking to work with ASN schools from across the country as well as specialist support units and children and young people with additional support needs who are supported in mainstream education.

Workshops will be allocated on a first come first served basis, we predict there will be a high demand and interested schools who are not within the first ten to respond will be placed on a waiting list.

To register your schools interest in this programme please email with the name of your school and a named contact for this project.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or need additional information at this stage. Further information on Project Ability can be found on our website –

Project Ability’s ‘Flowers of the Commonwealth’ is funded by the National Lottery through the Celebrate programme.




  Hand Up Media would like to invite you to take part in….   



Hand Up Media are excited to announce they are organising The Fair Trade Carnival and World Music Concert in Princes Street Gardens which will take place on May 10th 2014 to celebrate World Fair Trade Day, and hope that you can join them!

Their aim is to create a vibrant carnival full of colour, music and passion to promote Fair Trade and celebrate the proud fact that Scotland is now the second country in the world to become a Fair Trade nation.

Therefore they are inviting schools, universities, colleges, organisations, businesses, religious faiths and individuals from all across the country to come to Edinburgh and be a part of the Carnival, dress up in Fair Trade clothes, play Fair Trade instruments and have a lot of fun. We are keen to involve as many countries as possible which will be represented through flags, colours, music and costume.  This will be a fantastic opportunity to really get creative and express your support to Fair Trade.

The Carnival will start at City Chambers at 1pm and make its way in style to Ross Band Stand in Princes Street Gardens.

For more information about the carnival or even how to apply then please click on this link: THE EDINBURGH FAIR TRADE CARNIVAL application pack

Mad Hatters Tea Party Fundraising Event – 28th March 2014


The MS Therapy Centre Lothian is a small, independent charity based in Leith.  Who provide information, therapies and support to people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) across the Lothians, Borders and Fife.  Scotland has the highest incidence of MS in the world, and there is no cure, so it is extremely important that people living with the condition can access local support to cope with its varied and often debilitating symptoms.  We also feel that it is important to raise awareness of MS, and generate support for the centre in the community.

The “Mad Hatters Tea Party” aims to do this in a fun and inclusive way.  We are asking individual supporters, schools, community groups and work places to host tea parties across East Lothian, and invite their guests to wear a silly hat for the MS Therapy Centre Lothian.  Each of our tea party hosts will receive a “Tea Party Kit”, containing cake toppers, collection boxes, balloons, tips, recipe cards and more, to help make their tea party a success.  We can also provide larger scale packs for schools and groups, or multiple packs for individual classrooms.

Please see the attached flyer for more information: MadHatters Tea Party2)

See attached flyer about ‘Tea Party’ tips: Tea Party Tips



Forestry Commission: “Community Seedcorn Fund”

Funding is available now for activities delivered before the 1st March 2013.

The Community Seedcorn Fund directly supports the delivery of the Scottish Forestry Strategy outcomes and objectives including:


  • Improved health and well-being of people and their communities


  • Assist community participation
  • Enhance opportunities for health and enjoyment
  • Contribute to growth in learning and skills

The funding aims to support groups and organisations to encourage and support greater use of woods by people to derive health, well-being and community benefits.

Details: CommunitySeedcornFundGuidance2012-13 (pdf)

London Nightride for Cystic Fibrosis Trust

 On Sunday 10 June, Rob Lewis, Information Officer from John Muir House, will be taking part in a 100km night bike ride through London for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.  He is looking for sponsors to help raise money for genetic therapies and other treatments for Cystic Fibrosis. 

 Rob’s son, Max, was diagnosed with the condition shortly after his birth, and this is his first charity event related to CF.   The ride starts at 1:00am from Alexandra Palace and will go round some of the major London landmarks.  If you would like to sponsor Rob go to his fundraising page.