The Friends of the Water of Leith Basins (FOWLB) is a unicorporated body with a constitution. Our Mission is to promote, preserve and enhance the unique character of the Water of Leith Basins for the enjoyment of its residents, workers and visitors. We aim to work with all relevant local partnerships to ensure the cleanliness of the Basins, the water quality, and architecture and amenities of The Shore and the immediate environs (1-2 streets from the river). We strive to do the best for the area preserving and detailing its rich history.
Please visit our Facebook page for news about current activities. If you wish to learn more about the area see the Resources section for our interactive map of Leith and guided walk by John Hume
Our Executive Committee
A diverse array of members from all walks of life with a shared purpose.
Secretary & Development Officer
Treasurer & Lead Researcher
Projects and Achievements
Renovation of the south shore
Old barriers were removed, opening up the riverside to pedestrians, New trees were planted, the pavements were resurfaced and the roads changed to reduce congestion for businesses, residents and visitors.
Scheduled monument application
Application to Historic Scotland to nominate Leith Inner Harbour for Designation as a Scheduled Monument and reappraisal of Leith Conservation Character Appraisal
Purchase of Customs House for the community
Without FOWLB‘s interventions the Custom House would have been sold to a private owner and the people of Leith would have lost one of their greatest assets.
The siltation and potential flooding
Old barriers were removed, opening up the riverside to pedestrians, New trees were planted, the pavements were resurfaced and the roads changed to improve congestion for businesses, residents and visitors.
We have led the way in opposing four planning applications on the Water of Leith Basins, all of which are in the Leith conservation area.