Spring 2007

All is well in bilston as the leaves start to come out and the wood is covered in wild garlic. We're doing a lot of work looking after the woodland, re-generating the UNDER-STOREY and working on the paths. As ever there's tree houses going up and tree houses coming down, and moles digging and the finest skip food in the land. There's a public inquiry with the local plan going on soon, and some of uss are trying to get our heads round the council's paper work. Hippies are also trying to organise us a benefit gig but we will see if that will ever happen. Watch this space. Come down to site and get involved, theres always something going on, whether its on site or off, we can get up to a bit of mischeif!

Winter Update 2005/6

Thought I would just get a note up on here regarding Dalkieth, which we've been helping with, just in case any of you fine, caring and active internet surfers have missed this. ok - what is going on - well as writing this the camps are still there defending the land and the trees of the dalkieth park. - - - the land is now owned (compulsary purchased) by the scottish exec and there are seperate court orders on the sites against the protesters. We are expecting the ballifs at any time although we are trying to play for more time with paperwork. The A68 bypass has been planned using old studies - and an - un-finished multi-modal study - we are calling for the completion of these studies with up-to-date conditions. check it out - do what you can legally, political pressure, on the ground (get to site) - contact the site or the website to help. Save Dalkeith Park

Autum Update 2005

We've been doing some campaigning at the Local Plan Consultation which happened between 31st October and 9th December (more)

Summer Update 2005

We've been busy going to other protests at faslane, Nine ladies, G8 eco-protests and trying to save iceland from Alluminium smelters and dams. As well as radicalising Edinburgh, doing stalls at several festivals and events

Winter Update 31st January 2005

The Soltice is over and a new year begins, site is tidy and busy, we have just relaunched the Sunday Free Cafe' which we will be running on the last Sunday of every month, our January edition was a roaring success, if you missed out you missed out, see you next month.

The council have began to make moves and have recently rushed through a public consultation regarding local development, the council are making no signs of looking for alternative transport solutions and have kept the issue out of this public consultation, next public consultation will be in MAy/June if we push for it!

Building are still going up or being improved all the time, come down and get in/e-volved!

Scottish Power have just turned up wanting to lay underground cables and cut some trees for access

Directions to site from edinburgh:
by bike - from city centre, go down the bridges / nicholson street towards cameron toll. turn right at cameron toll and take the A701 towards Pennicuik & you´ll get to Bilston. There is a metal gate on your left, opposite the VW garage and right next to the first bus stop in bilston...by bus - take the 37A from Edinburgh (bridges/clerk st/nicholson st) towards Penicuik, get off at the 1st bus stop in Bilston, the metal gate is right next to the bus stop......go through the wee metal gate, and a signposted path will lead you under the bridge to site


Spring Update 8th April 2004

Here at Bilston Glen Anti-Bypass Protest Site we get more sorted for every day that passes by. More defences are coming up constantly and the standard of the camp is steadily improving. We have a new kitchen, a new info-space, a well sorted and cosy communal, a new guest house and a new shover. We're currently building a huge communal tree-house and some other tree-houses are also underway.

For three months we've been organizing "Sunday Free Cafes" (open days) the first sunday every month, which we intend to continue with. Spring is here, the birds are singing and the leaves are coming out, we're looking forward to the summer. The 1-4 of July we're inviting like-minded for a green anarchist gathering to discuss how to fight the megamachine and learn primitive skills.

The planning permission for the road is still there. PPL, the company who where gonna finance the road have gone bust (way-hey!) though, so as it looks now it's up to the local council to pay for the road. But PPL has been bought up by Bayer, the enormous bio-tech monster, so they might very well finance the road. Central government money might also come in as Tony & co want to see the biggest bio-tech cluster in Europe here outside of Edinburgh, and a road for the transports to and from it.

So we still want and need more people to fight against this part of the horrible destruction of our world. You and everyone else who support us is very welcome to join us!

Directions to site from edinburgh:
by bike - from city centre, go down the bridges / nicholson street towards cameron toll. turn right at cameron toll and take the A701 towards Pennicuik & you´ll get to Bilston. There is a metal gate on your left, opposite the VW garage and right next to the first bus stop in bilston...by bus - take the 37A from Edinburgh (bridges/clerk st/nicholson st) towards Penicuik, get off at the 1st bus stop in Bilston, the metal gate is right next to the bus stop......go through the wee metal gate, and a signposted path will lead you under the bridge to site


Open Day 1st feb 2004

feb 1st is going to be the
First Ever Bilston Glen Open Day
and you are all invited!We like having visitors and new faces around at the road protest site, so site is always open to anyone who wants to visit at any time. We have decided that we have got more good fresh food than we know what to do with, and less visitors than we'd like, so...The 'open days' will hopefully be a chance for lots of people to come down, enjoy some free food, be in the woods and the protest site, find out more about why we are here and how we live, and make the evening entertainments.bring music, friends, family, dogs, hamsters, fire toys, anything you likehopefully see you there

Directions to site from edinburgh:
by bike - from city centre, go down the bridges / nicholson street towards cameron toll. turn right at cameron toll and take the A701 towards Pennicuik & you´ll get to Bilston. There is a metal gate on your left, opposite the VW garage and right next to the first bus stop in bilston...by bus - take the 37A from Edinburgh (bridges/clerk st/nicholson st) towards Penicuik, get off at the 1st bus stop in Bilston, the metal gate is right next to the bus stop......go through the wee metal gate, and a signposted path will lead you under the bridge to site


Bilston Free Festival - 12th to 16th of June 2003
incorporating -
Our 1st Birthday Bash, Edinburgh Punks Picnic, Osamas Laden Bin Skip Cafe, Fully Stocked Site Bar!!!! , Infospace and Visitor centre, Free Dance Party Every Night @12Midnight, Acoustic/Poetry and Storytelling, Fire Show and Circus Skills, Open Mic, Chill Out spaces galore!

BANDS - (Main Stage 4K)Oi Polloi - Social Insecurity - The Swellbellys - The Pschycadelic Roaches - Curly Jed - The Bilston Site Band – Miuka -Dial-A-Rig - Eat Your Greens - 5 piece SKAPUNK - And many more on the Field Stage (2K)

If you want to play and join in with this truly spectacular free festival of revolution, resistance, love for the land and special brew, please ring 07986 632 429, email info@bilstonglen-abs.org.uk, or just turn up! We have lockable facilities for band equipment and our own car park! We have Toilet facilities, and can sleep over 50 people but please bring your own tent as camping is available and will free up bed space for others.The running order of bands may be subject to change.

please bring what you expect to find - we are a woodland community and we respect where we live - we expect you to respect it too and any arseholes will be ejected