Iron Age Logboat at granton:hub community garden

Do you like woodwork? What about woodwork with iron age tools? How about carving an ancient logboat?

granton:hub, in collaboration with The School of Ancient Crafts, is setting up an experimental archeology group with Madelvic History Group in Granton.

We are now recruiting a team of volunteers to take part in a community project to make a replica Iron Age logboat in the garden at Madelvic House.

This hands-on opportunity will require enthusiasm, practical skills and a willingness to pass on skills to young people in the community.

The group will meet every weekend, for four months between April and July 2018.

If you or a friend may be interested in getting involved, please email


Painting for Pleasure Weekend Workshop

This month sees the return to granton:hub of local artist Gareth Hutchison’s enjoyable and inspirational two-day weekend art workshop.

Running from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15, the course is ideal for adults off all abilities interested in learning new techniques or practicing existing skills.

Developed as a self-directed art program, participants can work at their own pace in their preferred painting medium to build confidence and decide on their own themes and subjects.

The full price for two days is £30, with an early bird concession offer available for £25.

Further details and booking information can be found at

RBGE Spring gardening workshops

How would you like to get started on growing your own salad and veg?

Granton Hub and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) are offering a series of free spring gardening courses with expert growers from April to June.

Whether you are a complete novice or a more experienced grower, there will be something for here you – including pots of things to take away and grow at home after each session.

You can book onto any number of sessions and the course is completely free. All materials will be supplied, but we would appreciate a small donation of £2 from participants each week to cover the costs of refreshments.

All sessions will be held at Granton Hub, Madelvic House, 33 Granton Park Avenue, EH5 1HS.

Please book in advance by emailing Davy on

Getting Started
Wednesday April 11
10.30am- 12.30pm
Get started growing in 2018 with this gardening workshop for beginners. If you are more experienced, please do feel free to come along and contribute your knowledge as well!

Square Metre Gardening
Wednesday April 25
10.30am – 12.30pm
Growing in a small space or container growing. How much salad and veg can you produce from a very small space?

Gardening With All The Family
Friday May 4
3.00pm – 5.00pm
This family-friendly session in the garden is suitable for all.

Pests and Diseases
Monday May 14
5.30pm – 7.30pm
Organic gardening methods including sowing at the right time, allowing natural predators to help and learning simple steps to reduce problems and get good crops.

Gardening With All The Family
Tuesday 5 June
17.30pm – 19.30pm
Another family-friendly session in the garden, with lots of great advice for growers young and old.

Monday June 18
17.30pm – 19.30pm
Discover the alchemy of turning kitchen and garden waste into perfect compost.

granton:hub Jumble Day

Calling all swap-fans, bargain hunters, and upcycling aficionados!

Are you stuck with a pile of stuff you want to recycle after a spot of spring cleaning? Or looking to find something to do with the kids during the holidays? Or do you just like a good old rummage?

Why not come along to our pop up community swapshop/freeshop day on Sunday 8th April.

Featuring clothes, books, toys and bric-a-brac, you can bring items to swap if you can, or just come along and have a browse.

There will also be a jewellery repair station with Anna and ELREC will be providing sewing sessions and upcycling advice!

On from 11am until 3pm, Entry is 50p. Hope to see you there!

William Speirs Bruce talk on 28 March 2018

WSB poster

Book your free ticket here through Eventbrite

history:hub upcoming events in 2018

Madelvic Rally Eventbrite


The history:hub is organising these events over the coming months:

  • A William Speirs Bruce talk in March
  • Cramond walks in April and May
  • Madelvic Car Rally in September/October

Keep checking our What’s On page for further details and look out for our Tweets and Facebook postings as well.




LIFT Local Artist Exhibition

Low Income Families Together – LIFT are proud to announce that they are holding an exhibition of drawings and paintings by local artists, here at Granton Hub on 3rd February 2018 at 1 pm. See our What’s On page for further details.

lift poster

Painting for Pleasure Weekend Workshop

Painting 2018

We have a painting weekend workshop coming up on 17th and 18th February 2018, designed to help beginners & enthusiasts gain experience in painting with oils or acrylics, whilst also supporting more advanced painters to develop their skills and techniques. No previous experience is necessary. For more information and tickets go to our Eventbrite page.

granton:hub // Scottish Natural Heritage


We were delighted to host Scottish Natural Heritage’s Board Reception at Madelvic House in October, where the subject for discussion was Creating Green Infrastructure and Urban Biodiversity.

Our Secretary Louise was given the opportunity to describe the work that’s happening in the community garden, including our weekly Wednesday drop-in sessions and new wildflower nursery.

SNH’s Andy Dorin recently published a blog post about community partnerships in North Edinburgh (which we’re very happy to be included in), which describes the work of Edinburgh Living Landscape on the ‘Square Metre for Butterflies’ and ‘Shoreline’ projects.

You can read the blog post in full here.

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