Programme of events for 2018 Kirkton Woodland Project


4th June ( Family) –   Fairies & Wizards – crafts & adventure. 

1 Day Sat 9th June Aged 8 + & Adults: Greenwoodworking – Carve your own wooden butter Knife 


 (School Holiday Activities)

2 Days 19th & 20th July –  Aged 8 + 2 days of Girls Only Natural Woodland Activities

Come along & make your own healing ointment, natural dying, natural cordage jewellery, herbal teas, candle making & holder & try some baking over the campfire.

 2 days 23rd & 24th July Aged 6 + – 2 days Survival Skills

Be prepared to get dirty! Have lots of fun learning survival skills & playing games 


Adults only  – Cooking Outdoors – using foraged foods. 

(Date TBC – please register interest) 


( Family) 15th October  –  Make Mandalas

(Family) 16th October   –  Autumn Crafts

1 day  17th October  Aged 8 + & Adults Greenwoodworking – Carve your own Bullroarer.

An ancient ceremonial musical instrument used by the Aboriginal’s. 


(Family)  Sat 3rd Nov Family Halloween Gathering

Spooky Stories round the fire, Treasure Hunt  & Torch Procession with your own handmade torches.

Adults Only  Sat 10th Nov: Greenwoodworking –  Spoon carving.

Sat 24th Nov (Family)  Natural Christmas Decorations – Make your own Evergreen Wreath 


Grand Finale Event   

Interpretation panel unveiled, bonfire, make paper lanterns, communal outdoor cook, decorate the Heritage Tree with New years wishes for 2019, lantern procession & Farewell to 2018.  Date (TBC )

natural dying, natural cordage jewellery, herbal teas, candle making & holder & try some baking over the campfire.

Numbers are limited so please book your place by registering your interest with Lynda Beveridge

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Another report from Nic about volunteer work up Cnoc na Staing , Saturday 21st April, thanks everyone for all your Stirling work! :

“Four of us went up the Cnoc path from the Wee Campsite. I was a bit horrified to find the gorse – particularly on the East side of the path – had been burnt off. It was difficult to fathom out how, but it has finished the job we started (until it regenerates, of course). We found a few small trees on the left side of the path which we moved or noted for coming back to quite soon with guards. The before-during-after pictures show the path as seen from the top of the hill.

At the edge of the moor the path has a culvert which had become blocked so we did a bit of digging and squelching around, and Judith scraped the surface clear of mud so it should be better to walk on.

We went over the Cnoc viewpoint and found a sheltered spot on the east side for a brew and a piece of cake (made that morning!). Then down through the wood to Kirkton Gardens, some of which was quite passable. Through to Croft Road we found some more vegetation to prune and it was after 5pm when we finished!

A good afternoon, well spent with friends.”

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LCDC News April / May 2018

 What’s been going on down at the Lochcarron Community Development Company?

The winter months have again been a very busy time and we have seen some significant strides forward at the Lochcarron Community Development Company and we are now poised for the exciting times ahead.

It hasn’t all been plain sailing and we have also endured some setbacks during recent months.

As some of you may already know changes were required to the board of LCDC prompted by the decision of our Chair, Avril MacKenzie, to stand down as a director and not seek re-election. The board of LCDC, its members and volunteers would like to say a massive “Thank You” to Avril for all her hard work and commitment over many years and across all facets of LCDC.

In addition, Janet Price whose input has always been of great value to the board has also decided that, unfortunately due to work commitments, she is no longer able to dedicate the time to fulfil her role as a member of the LCDC board, and has decided also to stand down as a director.

Two new directors have been appointed to the LCDC board, Bart McFleat and Colin Sharp who together bring substantial engineering and business expertise to the board.

During the winter months a dedicated band of volunteers have been working hard to improve access and facilities within Kirkton Woodland, and a big thank you goes out to all who have taken part. Whilst on the subject of Kirkton Woodland, LCDC have now secured the purchase of a plot of land in Kirkton Gardens which will enable the construction of an access road into the woodland and supports our aim to provide sites for affordable housing, including self-build, within the site.

The housing project is at the stage where An ‘Expression of Interest’ Form together with an application for Feasibility Funding to the The Rural Housing Fund has been submitted, with options for a phased housing development on the land under LCDC’s ownership.  If the Feasibility Study funding is granted, the next stage involves an application to the Main Fund.  If successful- the estimated turnaround time for acceptance by the Main Fund would be September/October 2018. Highland Small Community Housing Trust will be working closely with us throughout this process.

Unfortunately our application for Lottery funding to relocate the West Highland Dairy to a new facility on the Smithy Hub site, although reaching the last 39 applications being considered nationally, failed to secure the necessary funds and therefore a ‘plan b’, a slightly less ambitious option is now being developed in conjunction with David and Cath Biss. This will have a much higher chance of success and enable us to maintain the traditional cheese makers craft for future generations and provide both a visitor attraction and centre of excellence to prospective artisan cheese makers world-wide.

Dates for our regular seasonal Producers’ Markets are already confirmed and following the first of this year’s on Friday 27th April will take place on the last Friday of each month from May to October 2018 between 11:00 and 15:00. We look forward to seeing everyone there and welcome some new stall holders as well as the ever popular regulars. Our regular kitchen guru Gill is out of action just now so there will be a reduced menu of soup sandwiches and delicious sweets for the time being.

In March we had a busy premier of the wonderful film that the Local schoolchildren have all produced together with our Animateur Lynda and lots of other talented local helpers, the screen play was written by the children and the film was filmed and directed by them. It was inspired by from the historical work the children were doing on Kirkton Woodland and is a poignant story about a family being cleared from the land. This will be available to purchase as a DVD. Please let us know if you’d like to be added to a pre-order list.

Lynda held another bush craft activity week on during the Easter holidays which was as popular as ever. The children enjoy a range of safe and healthy outdoor activities, including tree-planting, outdoor cooking, wildlife photography, games, shelter building, nature art and much more. These experiences are invaluable for our youngsters in building confidence, skills, friendships and experience. We are very lucky to have Lynda’s energy, enthusiasm and skills to run these events. There will be a booklet produced based on the work that the children did during the week, with their artwork, photos and stories.

At The Smithy Hub, the popular iGallery, including the local volunteer run Visitor Information Point re-opens for the season on 30th April and new volunteers are always welcome, if you would like to join the rota to staff the desk to meet and greet visitors please get in touch.

The observant amongst you will have noticed that in addition to our regular businesses, Kiki’s craft corner and Vicky’s Pop Up Pottery, we welcome the new venture of ‘Lochcarron Candles’ to the Smithy Hub. With a scented, colourful range of candles which are produced on the premises, this will enhance the Smithy visitor experience and encourage visitors to spend longer in this area. After a long cold winter it is lovely to see everything bursting back into life and busy again. Spring at the Smithy also means the beautiful ‘Marie Curie Field of Hope’ daffodils bloom which is always a welcome sight.

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Volunteering at the Smithy 22nd april

there has been a lot of volunteer focus on the woodlands this last few months with Nic and his team doing a brilliant job up there. Now we need to get the Smithy site tidied up and ready for a busy summer. There are outdoors jobs to do, clearing paths, weeding etc but also lots to do inside, cleaning and tidying the iGallery ready for opening and giving the treehouse a good clear out. Come along to help out, or even just to meet people and find out more. 

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iGallery arrangements for 2018

We are delighted to announce that the iGallery with visitor information point will be going ahead again this year thanks to the efforts of our volunteers.
the iGallery will Open on the 30th April- from 1000 to 1600, 5 days a week.

If any artists, or crafts makers would like to hire a space please get in touch at rates are the same as last year.

Whole table- 6ft x 2.5ft , 183cm x76cm = £40
Half a table = £20
Glass cabinet- 4 glass shelves, 38cm x29cm each = £18
Big wall space- 190cm wide x 130cm high = £10
Small wall space- around 100cm wide x 130cm high = £5
Display cabinet shelf – 120cm long x 28cm deep x 30 cm high = £15
Set of 4 ‘cubes’- each cube 39cm x 33cm x33cm =£15
Space for own small display stand – £10
Space for own large display stand – £20

We’ll be organising a volunteer workparty before the 30th to get things tidied up and have a good spring clean ready for the season. More news asap

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31st March volunteer event, bonfire and cake !

Everyone is invited to Kirkton Woods on Saturday, March 31st, meeting at 10am at the Woodyard for the last event of the winter season.
We will be planting willow cuttings, burning the bonfire pile and having a brew and cake.
The work is not hard, the rewards are great, and everyone is welcome to drop in to see what is happening, even if they are not able to come and help.
The main gate will be open for anyone who wishes to drive up.
There will be some events in April and May, watch this space for announcements!
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School Pond dipping

On the 22nd March 2018 pupils from Lochcarron Primary School visited  the Pond at Kirkton Community Woodland.  The Pond was installed as part of the Heritage Trail Path Network in 2017.  Local Countryside Ranger Jenny Grant and Local Animateur Lynda Beveridge leaded the pupils on pond related activities.  Pupils helped to create wildlife habitats by placing “Toad & Frog Hotels” around the pond.  As well as creating a gravel shelf to aid amphibian’s transition from pond to land and planted up some reeds, flag Iris, water mint & bog bean.  Pupils are keen to return to their community pond to see what creatures have moved in!  Earlier in the day Jenny & Lynda visited the Lochcarron Nursery and brought the pond to them.  

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