|See the paint glisten|
Alan Thomson, owner of Victor Hugo's in Melville Terrace on the edge of the Meadows contacted me some months ago about overhanging branches and the condition of the railings near his cafe. After I contacted Mike Shields to see what could be done, I learned he had been contacted by the Community Church Edinburgh (South Clerk Street offering some of their young folk for volunteering opportunities.
Mike arranged for tools and paint for a couple of days and in due course they repainted the fence and did some tree pruning. In support of the work Victor Hugo's plied the volunteers with tea, coffee and bacon rolls.
Liz Dixon at the Community Church organised the volunteering - which included conservation work in Holyrood Park, stewarding at the Meadows Festival and singing in care homes.
Last word to Mike Shields: "There's always work to do and scope for any keen volunteers. Working with businesses and volunteers is something we would like to encourage .
Final last word from me: Bravo!