Further community engagement after the AGM.

Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM and talk by Michael Scott last week. It was a welcome change to see a strong attendance and for people to get a chance to air their views how LCDC is doing. Michael’s fascinating talk was a much needed break from the frank exchange of views! We thank him for giving up his evening to talk about his adventures as a wildlife cruise ship speaker.
The LCDC committee are desperately in need of more directors and active members, but it became clear that events of recent years have left members with lots of questions and concerns which need talking through further. It was decided to hold another public meeting as part of this process.
This will take place on the 30th September at 7pm, in Cafe Ceardach once again. Please come along, join up if you are not already a member ( £5 life membership details in comments ) . If you are already a member but didn’t get the email about the AGM, PM with your correct email address.
Together we can push forwards for the benefit of our community!
Vicky ( web admin ) .


Wellness walks for winter 2021

We’re delighted that our development officer has been once again able to access funding to allow the successful ‘Wellness Walks’ from last year to go ahead again. Thanks to organiser Lynda’s enthusiasm, these have provided a vital opportunity for many people to socialise safely outdoors while getting exercise and to explore new places.

children’s activities in Summer Holidays- Report and photos 2021

It’s hard believe the school holidays are over and our children have settled back into school.  Best of luck to all of those entering primary school and moving on up to secondary.  We had a great turnout at our Summer Activities program funded by Green Health “Think Health Think Nature” .  In all 23 children attend our outdoor activities up at Kirkton Community Woodland.   Our younger pupils were eagerly involved in identifying Mini beasts, providing a luxurious new home within the “Bug Hotel”, pond dipping & endless hours of fun with wheelbarrows.  A note to all parents out there wondering what to get their children for Christmas this year – A Wheelbarrow!  As for our older children, they immersed themselves in everything survival.  From making shelters, navigation, foraging, using a kelly kettle and  101 uses an old pair of tights can have in a survival situation.  We promised to hand back children wet and tired and we certainly delivered some drenched looking specimens who surprisingly turned up for more the next day.
Thanks to Angela Goodman for her amazing assistance, the on-going support from our community development officer Kristine Mackenzie, the Cafe Ceardach for providing a wonderful lunch each day & to Green Health for funding these activities.
( Thanks to Lynda for the Photos and write up )

Volunteer day in KW- report and photos- August 2021

Many thanks to Lynda for coordinating lots of activity in Kirkton Woodland & providing photos and write ups.

We had another fruitful volunteer day up at Kirkton community woodland.  Thanks to  volunteers Greg, Toby who assisted local historian Paul Swan to uncover one of the ruined cottages along the heritage trail.  There was much excitement as we uncovered more of the foundation stones.  Leigh came along and helped Lynda along the sensory trail, giving the willow tunnel a bit of TLC & a new up-date in wool carpet fittings courtesy of Keith Pearce.  We would like to thank all those involved so far and encourage more people to come along and get involved.  There are always tasks to be done, it’s a few hours of being outdoors and meeting new folk with jobs to fit all abilities.  We hope to bring you some more dates together in October.  So, please do get intouch with volunteer Lynda Beveridge by email:  beveridge.lynda@yahoo.co.uk


woodland activities Aug 2021- reports

As part of the Green Health program of events we’ve had some new folk come and join us on the the volunteer days.  Thanks to Toby, Gwen and Greg that helped clear vegetation from one of the old ruins of the Kirkton Settlement along the heritage trail as well has helping to weed areas of the path.  If you’d like join, come along to our next Volunteer day on Sat 21st Aug 1-3pm at the community woodland – there’s plenty of jobs to do.

Thanks to local historian Paul Swan for a fascinating guided walk around the ruinous settlement of Kirkton up at Kirkton community woodland.  Paul has been instrumental in organizing the signs that are now placed along the Heritage Trail.  Many thanks also to local artist Cindie Ritcher for her interpretation of how the cottages would have resembled when they were in use.  Paul led an engaging talk as part of the Green Health events taking part in Kirkton Community Woodlands.

Funding for Woodland replanting plan.

Part of the criteria for the community purchase of Kirkton Woodland, was that it will be replanted within a certain timescale. There have been a lot of changes and activity within the woodland since it’s purchase, including some tree-planting with local children and volunteers. Now the previous replanting plans need updating. We are delighted that Kishorn Port Limited has recognised Kirkton Woodlands importance to the community and future development plans, and have very kindly provided the necessary funding to engage The Community Woodland association to conduct site visits, produce a species layout plan and work with LCDCs Development Officer to fit the plan to the community needs while delivering on the replanting obligations.

Kirkton Housing Development Update

Kirkton Housing Development Update
Lochcarron Community Development Company can report that as the site has moved through the planning process, the drainage solution proposed for the first phase (14 units and 4 self build plots) requires to be redesigned to make sure we have a single adoptable drainage solution for all potential future phases, this has pushed the determination date for planning back to the Autumn. Other statutory consents follow on from planning therefore the estimated start date for site works has been pushed back to January 2022

E-Bike Hire from the Smithy Hub !

Explore the local area with our New
Eco Electric Bicycles.

4x Unisex Nilox Adult E-Bikes are available, Complete with instructions, helmets, security lock and Hi Visibility Vests.

Minimum Hire 2 Hours £10 each.
Maximum Hire 4 Hours£20 each

Unsuitable for under 16years old.

Please book at least one day before,
to allow time to charge the batteries.

Collection and Return is
at the Smithy Hub.

For further information;  infosmithyhub@gmail.com