The Cramond Association: Promoting the amenity of the community of Cramond, Barnton and Cammo and safeguarding its heritage
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Cramond Association Members' Newsletter
November 2014
The Botanic Cottage Reborn
Come and discover the story of one of the most remarkable heritage projects of recent years: the rebuilding of the Botanic Cottage.

Designed by the eminent Georgian architects John Adam and James Craig, this small cottage stood for well over two centuries on Leith Walk, Edinburgh. It was the gateway to a long lost incarnation of the city’s renowned Royal Botanic Garden. It served as the home of the Head Gardener for six decades and contained one of the oldest known classrooms of the Scottish Enlightenment, where the great Professor John Hope taught medical students about botany in the later 18th century.

With the Botanic Garden having moved to another site, and the cottage no longer in use, this important building was vandalised and threatened with demolition in the mid-2000s. However, thanks to a community campaign, the Botanic Cottage now has a bright future: it will be moved stone by stone across to the present Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. It will become a new centre for community and education use.

Cramond Kirk Hall

Mr Sutherland Forsyth will give us a presentation on the fascinating story behind the scheme to rebuild the 250 year old Botanic Cottage.
Cramond Association survey of members, 2014
We now have your ideas about what Cramond Association should be doing - thank you to all the members who completed the survey. We have had a fantastic response – we do appreciate the time you took to answer the survey. The key themes are:
  • People made many very positive comments about the Association and what it is doing. And there were some suggestions about what more we could be doing.
  • There was a clear desire to see the appearance of Cramond Village improved and litter removed.
  • There was a very strong emphasis that we should be doing more for young people and children and many varied suggestions were made.
  • People liked the walks, particularly the Geo-walk, and wanted to see more walks organised.
  • The History Section was well liked. An interesting comment was that the ‘programme is very good and needs better promotion as not enough people go’. So let us tell you that their next meeting is on Wednesday 12th November 2014 and is about ‘Go Home and Sit Still | Scottish Women’s Hospitals in World War One’, with the speaker, Ms. Chris Short.
 We are now drawing up an Activity Plan and will keep you informed about the new developments.
Monthly Evening Meeting on Wednesday 12th November 2014
‘Go Home and Sit Still - Scottish Women’s Hospitals in World War One’
Speaker: Ms. Chris Short
Meet in the Millennium Room, Cramond Kirk Hall, Cramond Glebe Road at 7:30 pm.

Una Woof, Convenor, 0131 336 5233

Visitors Welcomed – £1.00 per meeting
Elsie Inglis
Dr. Elsie Inglis

Scottish Women’s Hospital Ambulance in World War One

Scottish Women’s Hospital Ambulance in World War One
Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA)
The Cramond Project
Following an approach by the Community Council and exploratory discussions, staff and students of ESALA at Edinburgh University are to undertake a ‘live project’ at Cramond in the early months of 2015.   University staff provided an introduction to the project at the Community Council’s October meeting.  The project will involve urban design and landscape architecture students in undertaking surveys and working with the community to identify environmental and related issues and opportunities affecting Cramond Village, waterfront and green spaces, with the intention of developing a Vision for the longer term future of the area and proposals for improvements to specific parts of the area which may be achieved in the short- and medium-terms. 
Cramond Association members will be invited to contribute to the project and review the students’ proposals.  This has the potential to provide a fresh look at Cramond and provide imaginative ideas for environmental and other improvements.
Cramond and River Almond Walkway Visitor Survey
Two rounds of questionnaire-based interviews have been undertaken in August and October to ascertain tourists’ and local people’s activities, awareness of local attractions and heritage interests, desires for further information and interpretation, satisfaction with visitor facilities, etc..  The initial results are encouraging and the survey will help to identify what improvements desired to enhance the tourist and recreational experience provided at Cramond and along the River Almond Walkway.  Also, the survey results can support applications for funding for new projects.  A final round of interviews will be undertaken in December and the results of the survey should be available early in 2015.  We are grateful to the volunteers who are assisting in the interviews.
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