What’s On?

City for Sale – 22nd January 2020

The Cockburn Association is hosting a Public event on 22nd January: “City for Sale?  The Commodification of public Open Spaces” to discuss how public open spaces, including green spaces are being taking over in the city. It is a free event, taking place in Central Hall, Tollcross, booking and details from Eventbrite. The event is booking fast.

TV journalist Stephen Jardine is chairing the meeting and there will be interesting speakers, including Cliff Hague (Chair of the Cockburn Association), Andie Wightman (Scottish Green MSP) and David McGillivray, who has researched Festival-style events and tourism internationally.

This will include a talk by Michele Hipwell on health and well-being and green spaces and a direct link made to the Astley Ainslie Community Trust.

Doors Open Day – 28th and 29th September

There are a number of activities at the Astley Ainslie as part of Doors Open Day, including a walking tour on Sunday 29th September led by Dr Sara Stevenson, cultural historian and Dr Michelle Hipwell, health psychologist, both who are active members of the AACT.

Be prepared to be taken on a journey of the past, present and possible future of the site, combining story-telling and experiential explorations of the green spaces and landmarks. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet at the AAH Cafe, near Canaan Lane entrance. 12.30 & 14.30. Walks take an hour approximately.

For further details see the doors open page here.

Further information on Forest Bathing can be found here.

Nature Discovery Day – 11th August

We are hosting a Nature Discovery Day on Sunday 11th August. Further details here.

Community Visioning Events

We are organising two events to help create a community vision for the site. They are:

  • Saturday 23rd March 10am – 4pm at the Eric Liddell Centre. Drop in any time and share your ideas for the future of the site. There will be a programme of inspiring talks and panel discussions. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of the site. Further details are available here.
  • Sunday 31st March 2-4pm, Columcille Centre. In just one week, and building on the feedback collected at the first event, a team of facilitators will have created a draft community vision, which will be presented at this meeting.

Tree Charter – 24th November

The Astley Ainslie Hospital grounds represent one of our greatest natural assets – growing nearly 2,000 trees from little saplings to woodland giants. The lands belong to us and are open to the public, (kindly avoid the buildings which house the patients!).
Give yourself the pleasure this week of walking around, looking at trees, listening to birds, and breathing good air.

The UK Woodland Trust set up a tree charter for us all to sign.

The ten principles behind it are:

  • Combat the threats to our habitats
  • Strengthen our landscapes with trees
  • Sustain landscapes rich in wildlife
  • Celebrate the power of trees to inspire
  • Plant for the future
  • Grow forests of opportunity and innovation
  • Protect irreplaceable trees and woods
  • Plan greener local landscapes
  • Recover health, hope and wellbeing with the help of trees
  • Make trees accessible to all

The Tree Charter has an impressive history, specifically in England where the original charter was signed in 1217 and stood as a declaration of essential rights to open land alongside to the political demands of Magna Carta. We need to reassert that right to our own natural habitat.

Walking with Trees – 17th November


Photographer: Sara Stevenson – Sweet chestnut, Astley Ainslie Hospital

Join us in for a free tree walk in the Astley Ainslie hospital grounds on Saturday 17th. November from 10.30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Look at amazing trees with local forester, Willie McGhee. Make friends with a tree!

To find out more about the walk and to book your place, Contact Us, indicating ‘tree walk’.  Further information can be found here: WALKING WITH TREE participants info November 2018.

Please note that this event is popular and early booking recommended.

Befriending a Tree

We are encouraging community members to befriend trees within the Astley Ainslie.  Michele and Sara have produced a number of leaflets with additional information on some of the species to be found in the grounds.  More information is available here.