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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
January 2015
Happy New Year to all our Members!
The Land of Lost Content
Dr Sureshini Sanders, a resident of Cramond, will give an insight on the story told in her book “The Land of Lost Content” which outlines life in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) before the onslaught of civil war. The story also reveals the challenges of migrating to Scotland in the 70’s as a result of this.

Monday

26
January
Cramond Kirk Hall,
Glebe Road, 7.30pm
The Woodlands Group - again!
In last month’s Newsletter, I reported on the Woodlands Group, recently set up by the Association to improve the state of the woodland in Cramond’s historic Scheduled Area. I write again for two reasons: first, to show the photograph of the lovely bark of a grafted walnut tree, which should have been included in that report; second, to ask again Cramond Association members interested in participating in our woodland work to contact me or Diana Hart, our secretary.
 
Of what particular species our walnut is - grafted 1 metre from the ground onto a horse chestnut - I don’t know and would be delighted to receive comment. The likelihood is that it is either the English walnut (Juglans regia), originally from Persia (Iran), or the black walnut (Juglans nigra), native to eastern North America, as these are the two commonest. Sadly, nut crops are unreliable north of the Midlands, so it’s unlikely we’ll see any nuts. But let’s keep an eye on the tree as it might be a marker of climate change, walnuts being cultivated extensively between 30º and 50⁰ latitude and we stand at 56º!
The lovely bark of the walnut tree   
Members of the Woodlands Group at work
China is the world’s largest producer of walnuts, though the highest yielding walnut farms are in Romania - or at least they were in 2010. Walnuts are nutrient-rich and contain more antioxidants than other nuts; their oil is also high in polyunsaturated fatty acids. It’s been claimed they are among Mother Nature’s most nearly perfect packaged food. But before you rush out and buy, it is yet to be proven that a walnut diet is particularly good for you. Think twice, too, before planting a walnut tree, for legend has it that whoever plants one will die as soon as it “sees” the sea! Gardeners also beware that these trees secrete chemicals into the soil to prevent competing vegetation from growing, so don’t get too close.  

A final engaging fact, gleaned from Wikipedia, is that the husks of the black walnut can be utilised to make good archival-property ink, used by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci, among others.

 
Stefan Slater
Vice-President & Chairman of the Woodlands Group
(avowood@yahoo.co.uk 312 6779; Diana-hart@outlook.com 339 8285).
Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society Bird Survey
December 2014

Brian Duffin, Captain, recently wrote to his members about a bird survey carried out in December 2014 and he has agreed that we could publicise it. He wrote, “Thanks to the inspiration and sponsorship of one of our members, Geoff Ball, a detailed survey of our birdlife took place this year. This was conducted by an experienced manager from RSPB Scotland, Chris Bailey, who visited the course at dawn four times in the spring and once in the autumn. He recorded 46 species of birds in total, relying on auditory identification in many cases as birds are most vocal in the breeding season and early in the mornings.

Our course provides a sanctuary within an urban environment, and offers varied habitats, particularly woodlands, wetlands and grassland. At times we also accommodate coastal birds from the Firth of Forth and winter migratory birds. 

The report RSPB BLGS 2014.pdf provides a valuable record of birdlife on the course in the current year, and will be of value as a point of comparison in any future survey. It is also very welcome as a guide for members who will be better able as a result to enjoy their visits to the course. If their concentration on the round being played is not being repaid by outstanding scoring, they may be happy to be diverted by the diversity of wildlife to be seen close at hand. With the benefit of having studied this report, they may even be able to identify the avian variety on view!

We are already sensitive as a Society to the desirability of fostering and managing a healthy and sustainable environment within which golf can be offered to a high standard.This report contains suggestions of how this approach may be enhanced further and these will be studied closely and included in our greens management as appropriate.”

The Cramond Association History Section
Programme for 2015
Wednesday 4 Feb 2015: AGM followed by ‘Scottish Emigration to North America’; Ms Jenni Calder
Wednesday 4 March 2015: ‘Taking a Knight’s Class – the Archaeology of the Old High School’; Mr E Bailey, Headland Archaeology
 
Wednesday 15 April 2015: ‘Pictures of Old Edinburgh’; Mr Simon Green, the National Monuments Records of Scotland

Meetings are all in the Millennium Room of the Cramond Kirk Hall, Cramond Glebe Road and begin at 7:30pm for the talk and questions. Teas/coffee/ biscuits and chat follow at about 8:50 pm in the Gathering Place.
Visitors Welcomed – £1.00 per meeting
 
Enjoy your season with The History Section!
 
Una Woof, Convenor, 0131 336 5233
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