We were the first group in Edinburgh to achieve a community asset transfer under new Scottish Government legislation and purchased the Bothy in January 2019 for £5,000. We are busy trying to raise the funds to refurbish the small building, with a new flat roof already completed.
The Friends will use The Bothy as a mustering place, to store tools, for meetings, to store campaigning materials (currently littering and dog fouling) and training. As importantly we will provide the facilities for many other groups to meet and understand more of the nature reserve.
The Bothy will be used to by all groups with an interest in greenspaces, with local schools, guides/ scouts, Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust, Mothers and buggies walking group, Sports Scotland activity groups and of course our local Friends group.
We have raised £5,000 from the Mushroom Trust for purchase, £10,000 towards refurbishment from One City Trust and £2,000 from Community Ownership Support Service for legal and professional fees.
Please help support in making The Bothy a reality for the whole community at Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park Local Nature Reserve.
We’ve listed some suggested donations but if the exact amount you wish to donate is not listed on this page then please visit the Donate to a park page, choose Park Fund and then type a message starting with "The Bothy" in the Why did you want to support this park/city fund? field. You can also Gift Aid donations through the Donate to a park form.
You can now donate to The Bothy @ Burdiehouse Burn project by TEXT. Just text the project code (BOTH50) plus an amount to 70070 – for example: 'BOTH50 £5' to donate £5.
You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. If you wish to Gift Aid your donation please REPLY to the Gift Aid text.
MyParkScotland provides a safe and easy way to make a donation to support this great project.
To make a donation, click on ‘Support Now’ and select your choice of Gift Level. If you are a UK tax payer, selecting a Level which includes Gift Aid means that we can top up your donation at no extra cost to you. Adding Gift Aid typically means that your online donation of, for example, £10 becomes a park investment of £11.53 (after paying platform and management fees). You need to provide your address to enable us to claim Gift Aid.
Gift Aid is a Government scheme which allows charities to increase the value of donations made to them. Gift Aid makes a huge difference to small charities and local organisations, but if they aren’t registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and HMRC, they can’t claim Gift Aid (and many that could claim Gift Aid don’t because they find the process too complicated). At MyParkScotland, we take care of the claim process on eligible donations, so that the Friends and community groups can concentrate on the great work they do in our parks.
We use PayPal to manage online donations and they charge a small platform fee for handling donations. We work hard to keep our fees as low as possible to make sure that as much of each donation as possible is invested in our parks. For donations without Gift Aid, at least 92% of your donation is invested in parks. MyParkScotland is a not-for-profit registered Scottish charity (No. SC045424) and any fees taken go towards covering essential operating costs.
You can find out more information about Gift Aid and MyParkScotland fees in the main Small Print section.