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Information gathering – a couple of months of surveys and consultation

Information gathering - a couple of months of surveys and consultation

The last few months have been a mixture of getting to know some communities and their respective local stretch of river alongside training and fieldwork. Back in July I joined the Friends of the River Kelvin (FoRK) on one of … Continue reading

A summer of garden activities

A summer of garden activities

Since my last blog there has been a flurry of activity in John Cowane’s House, the site of the Transition Stirling forest garden project which I’ve been working on. Taking on the development of a community garden as my personal … Continue reading

Hedgerow Hopes

Hedgerow Hopes

The first event of our Hedgerow Hopes programme ran this Saturday 13th Sept at Eden Allotment Gardens. We were foraging for blackberries, making blackberry jam and trying other hedgerow food and drink like elderflower wine and cordial – delicious! It … Continue reading

International Bog Day and other adventures

International Bog Day and other adventures

The 19th of July saw the launch of the Big Butterfly Count and to celebrate this, I held an event in Fallin. The day was a great success thanks to help from Buglife, the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative and the … Continue reading

Craigmillar Castle Park 9th & 10th September 2014

For these two days we were back at Craigmillar Castle Park continuing our work on the path network and in the woodlands. We spent the majority of the first day scraping back vegetation that had grown over the path reducing … Continue reading

Sea Buchthorn removal at Aberlady 11/09/14

Today we were at Aberlady Bay removing Sea Buckthorn from the dune system. The Sea Buckthorn was originally planted in this area to stabilise the dunes with its fast growing and extensive root system. However due to it’s resistance to … Continue reading

Celebrating Devlin Court’s Herb Garden

Celebrating Devlin Court's Herb Garden

On Saturday the residents of Devlin court gathered to celebrate the end of the summer and the blooming of their new herb garden. We held a BBQ to celebrate the success of the project and to share it with the … Continue reading

Toryglen’s Marvellous Meadow webpage up and running…

Toryglen's Marvellous Meadow webpage up and running...

Toryglen’s Marvellous Meadow is a CSV Action Earth funded project, co-ordinated by the TCV Natural Communities project and the charity Buglife, that aims to bring residents of Toryglen, Glasgow, together in a series of outdoor sessions to create a wildflower … Continue reading

August Update

August Update

Hello one and all and welcome to the final blog of the summer!  This year has been cracking on at a fair pace, it’s back to school time and soon the leaves will be falling and we will be into … Continue reading

Beautiful sunflowers

Beautiful sunflowers

I judged the Carrickfergus in Bloom Tallest Sunflower Competition yesterday and announced the winner and runners-up today. The winner is Samantha, aged 6, whose sunflower grew a mighty 3 metres! The runners-up are Olivia, age 8, and Keera, age 7, whose sunflowers … Continue reading