Hasten Slowly

Start date and time

Thursday 26 August 2021


The Lions' Gate Garden: ENU, 10 Colinton Road, EH10 5DT

Over 30 attendees ate, drank, blethered, engaged, questioned, laughed, listened, chilled-out, and learnt a thing or two about what living sustainably actually is.
We unveiled our interactive storytelling chair and memorial to Professor David Benyon, crafted by Neil Fyffe (https://www.facebook.com/Neil-Fyffes-Workshop-1405191703026383). Brian Davison demonstrated an environmental sensor network developed in collaboration with students. Kris Plum exhibited an interactive plastics-recycling bin. Aisling Murphy delved into the wildlife and plants of The Lions' Gate and demonstrated Shona Burns' interactive Lions' Gate audio tour. Graham Bell talked eloquently of the history of Hasten Slowly (Festina Lente), the impact of climate collapse, and shared insights into how to live sustainably. Participants added their wishes to our COP26 Wishing Tree on tags with seeds embedded in them, that we'll plant up as a COP26 garden. Juliete, Sally and Zhoa served up - herb teas, courgette cake and pizzas. Allan MacMillan provided soothing background to it all with delightful acoustic guitar work.
We kept the door to the library open, and inside was a wee chill-out area next to our book case.