Last night was the first meeting of the group that will eventually become the official Friends of Midmar Paddock, celebrating this lovely area of Edinburgh's Green Belt and protecting it from future development.
Midmar Paddock is privately owned and currently up for sale, advertised
as a good place to build housing (rumour has it that an offer has been put in). Local residents and all of us who
value Edinburgh's green spaces want this to remain a green space, part
of the greenbelt and a continuation of the beautiful nature reserve that
includes Blackford Hill and the Hermitage of Braid.
At last night's meeting we discussed how we can protect the land from
development including surveying how people use the area to mark out
rights of way (which can be protected and can make development very
difficult) and to record the value of the area for recreation, and
surveying the wildlife of the area. People are also looking into how to
protect the land possibly as a 'Field in Trust'. We also formed subgroups to take action forward (I joined the Publicity group).
The City of Edinburgh Council is about to start discussions on its next
local development plan and we want to make sure that Midmar Paddock
remains designated open space in this plan.
The group needs yet to be formally constituted but a Friends of Midmar Paddock group has been set up and can be found on Facebook here and the group is now on Twitter here. We're hoping to hold some events in the near future, which may include a demonstration of support for the area to remain greenspace and a BioBlitz to find out what wildlife is currently found here.If you have good photos of any wildlife you've seen in or immediately next to the Paddock, then please email them to savemidmarpaddockATgmailDOTcom so that the group can build up a picture of the local wildlife.
It would be tragic to lose this beautiful patch of land to
development (the paddock is the field in the foreground, the hill in the
background is Blackford Hill, part of the local nature reserve)