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Sunnylands Community Garden

Sunnylands Community Garden

Work began on the newest community garden last week. A local youth group came up with the theme of recycling, so we planted herbs, fruit, vegetables and flowers in old tyres, an old wheelbarrow, welly boots and some old pots. I … Continue reading

Himalayan Balsam Part 3 This Time It’s Really Personal

Himalayan Balsam Part 3 This Time It's  Really Personal

Today was the second massacring of Himalayan Balsam at Cleddans Burn in Drumchapel. The mid-week group had their third attempt at trying to eradicate the Himalayan Balsam and I have to say they worked very hard and seemed to revel … Continue reading

A beautiful garden in a beautiful space

A beautiful garden in a beautiful space

Since the end of May, I’ve been getting stuck into all things forest garden related. Creating a forest garden with Transition Stirling is going to be the focus of my personal project over the next 6 months. A forest garden … Continue reading

What to do in July

The gorgeous heatwave is upon us and we’re thinking I’ll just sit back and have a Pimms! This sounds wonderful and refreshing but remember to top up this light drink with a sprig of mint and a few decorative slices … Continue reading

Consultation – the art of listening

Consultation - the art of listening

As a new resident in Scotland since January, this is my first Summer north of the border and, as far as I can tell, Julys in Scotland are stunningly hot and allow for lots of time to be outside. Bearing … Continue reading

Young Minds

Young Minds

Well it’s been another busy couple of months!  Before the summer holidays I was busy working with primary schools, helping local children learn about the wonders of raised bogs. I spent three days with Fallin primary school’s p1’s and 2’s, where we … Continue reading

Green Gym Jam

Green Gym Jam

Coming along and volunteering in Howden Walled Garden finally paid off as everyone pitched in to make the first ever pot of Green Gym jam! First of all the fruit was picked, all the blackcurrants (not redcurrants as previously thought) … Continue reading

Young Carers Residential (and other stories)

Young Carers Residential (and other stories)

Ok, so it was a month ago already, and the fact I’ve only just found time to blog about it is testament to the action-packed summer I – and the rest of the Skills and Employability team – have been … Continue reading

Infected with Sphagnosis

Infected with Sphagnosis

Sphagnosis is diagnosed when somebody has become completely in awe and astounded by the astonishing beauty of Sphagnum.  A name derived from a delegate on an FSC Sphagnum Identification course in April this year.  As one develops sphagnosis the condition worsens when … Continue reading

Building a Herb Garden

Building a Herb Garden

On Monday the residents of Devlin Court sheltered housing in Stirling spent a sunny morning planting herbs in their new raised bed. There was a lot of excitement about the herbs, we included all the classics such as: thyme, rosemary, … Continue reading