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Spring is here! We're going to celebrate Beltain (May Day) in the garden.

The next garden workday event is on Saturday the 4th of May from 11am to 5pm. We will be running a workshop on how to make scrap wood into garden furniture and you will also get a chance to make a Beltaine bough to celebrate the coming season. From 5 or 6pm onwards we will have our Beltain bonfire.

Please note our new garden email adress:

The Castle is embarking on mushroom cultivation in it's gardens! We're using the age old technique of growing mushrooms on logs which was developed in Asia over 1000 years ago. The particular types we're trying to cultivate are the tasty Shiitake and Lions Mane which are native to China, Japan and Korea but are becoming more commonly cultivated in Europe and the USA.

Ben Grubb has been putting together some great videos of the Blocfest series. The final instalment - round 5 at the Biscuit Factory- has been released. Check it out and see how many Castle Comp Squad members and regulars you can spot. The Squad was amazing, taking 5 of 6 podium places!

The Castle hosted the third (and final) round of the BMC Youth Climbing Series on Saturday (20 April). On a lovely day, we had 129 competitors inside cranking it out on three routes and three boulder problems. The Castle Squad put on a great show as usal with a record 5 competitors selected for the National Final in June at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena.  Big congratulations to Jo and Sam who placed first in their categories on Saturday.

This week has been all about our new OUTDOOR BOULDERS!!!! They're here and they're...big. There is still some work to be done to get them in place. Two of them (the red and grey ones) were built off site and brought in by truck yesterday. The third one will be assembled on site from the old featured wall that was by the cafe. The landing will be recycled shredded rubber.  The boulders don't have any t-nuts in them- we're going to be screwing the holds directly onto the skin.

Our gas supply contract came up for renewal this year, so I took this opportunity to research what the most environmentally friendly option would be. Natural gas is a fossil fuel; a non-renewable resource. Sourcing and using this responsibly goes right to the heart of our environmental policy.

The Castle Climbing Centre supports the BMC and the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) in their bid to help make climbing an Olympic Sport. Along with other Association of British Climbing Wall members we have put a petition at Reception and in the Cafe that you can sign to show your support for competition climbing becoming an Olympic sport in 2020.

The Castle has won another Sustainable City Award, this time in the Sustainable Food category. The award was presented at Mansion House on 19 March 2013. We were also shortlisted for Resource Conservation. We were very pleased and surprised to receive this award, especially given that we are up against other businesses that focus solely on dining and catering. This award recognises the efforts that we've put in over the past three years to minimise the environmental impact of our cafe. We've been able to make great progress with the following measures:

The following areas will be closed for Round 3 of the BMC Youth Climbing Series competition on Saturday the 20th of April 2013.