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Did you know that the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh has the largest collection of Rhododendrons in Britain? The Edinburgh site dates back to 1670: it and the three gardens it owns around Scotland contain half of the plantís known species.

Did you know that in 1958 the UKís first traffic cones were manufactured at Castle Mills Edinburgh by The North British Rubber Company, replacing paraffin lamps? Student pub crawls would never be the same again.

Did you know that Edinburgh has the only working time-ball mechanism in Britain other than the original at Greenwich Observatory? It is on the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill, and was installed in 1853 by James Ritchie and Son. That firm still retains the contract to maintain the device which drops a ≤ tonne wood and zinc ball down a pole daily to signal 1pm, originally to allow ships in Leith to set their chronometers.

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