Fort Kinnaird

In 2009, staff at Fort Kinnaird Retail Park approached ELGT and asked for advice about how they could improve biodiversity around the Shopping Centre site and get involved with projects which they could involve the local community, particularly encouraging families and children.  This resulted in a small, very successful biodiversity enrichment project being delivered at the end of last year.

ELGT have recently completed the second stage of this exciting ongoing Fort Kinnaird project to improve biodiversity in the grounds of the popular shopping centre.

This phase saw the Trust and volunteers create a strip of wildflower ‘meadow’ by planting nectar rich Scottish wildflower species that appeal to birds, bees, butterflies and other insects.  ELGT Project staff were once again joined by the employees from Fort Kinnaird along with the children from the nearby Newcraighall Primary School.

This project was part of a series of celebrations and events to mark the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, and also linked in with wider Biodiversity projects being delivered by the trust and other organisations this year, promoting the creation of habitats for the declining bee population.

The day was a great success and the children learned a lot from our Bee Home Making activities. Bee facts, information sheets and seeds packets were given out at the end of the day, and everyone had a lot of fun getting active scattering the seeds and raking the soil!