Early years equipment and assistance
After consulting with Lochcarron Primary School, the Early Years/Nursery Groups, Outdoor Activity Practitioners and Kirkton Woodland volunteers we were made aware that the lack of equipment and materials was a barrier to delivering much of what was had planned. We can now report that with assistance from the Forestry Commission, much of what we needed has now been made available for early years outdoor work.
“Think Health Think Nature”
We must also thank HiLife Highland’s “Think Health Think Nature” for providing us with the means to deliver the Children’s Nature Activity Packs to 64 children, also the flower seeds, plant pots and bird feeders for those adults shielding indoors and to Lynda Beverage for organising the very successful Health Walks (which will be continued as soon as the current restrictions are eased).
Affordale Housing in Kirkton
There are still a couple of legal issues to resolve but we are hopeful that planning approval will be granted in advance of the terms of contract being fully agreed. Anyone wishing to view the plans can do so via the Highland Council E planning website, the reference number is 20/03255FUL for the affordable housing and 20/03482PIP for the affordable plots. The Highland Community Housing Trust are available to answer any of your housing stock queries and they can be contacted by telephoning 01463 233548
Woodland Composting Toilet
After some time, the enclosure for our composting toilet in the woodland arrived, many thanks to Donald Ross for erecting it.
With assistance from the Carbon Footprint Company, and under supervision from tree planters Ingrid and Shaun from Achmore, Lochcarron Primary School pupils helped plant 1200 mixed species of trees, just 40000-60000 left to plant!
Electric car charging point.
At very, very, long last we have been advised that the next stage towards the completion of the Smithy Hub electric car charging installation, will be early April and with some luck fully operative shortly afterwards.
Covid support projects over the last year.
We owe a huge thank you to all those who have supported our work throughout the pandemic. In particular the volunteers who helped with mask making, delivered fruit bags to every household, garden compost, hundreds of food vouchers, food parcels, wood fuel, social media updates, the befriending service, not forgetting the roast chicken dinners, and the hundreds of home cooked ready meals. A thank you also to the funders Highlands and Islands Enterprise/Scottish Government, The Highland Council, North Highland Initiative, TradeBe, Fair Share, Scottish Sea Farms, Green Space Recovery and to the local people who contributed financially to the Covid cause. During this time those involved in the delivery of the Covid Resilience package gained an insight into the lives of so many local residents, and we will put that knowledge to good use by delivering a series of outdoor based activities, workshops and events aimed at increasing the skills level, general health and well-being of those who participate. Our electric bikes have now arrived and will shortly be available for hire.
Other elements of the funding package, covered the cost of 2 x 1.8m recycled plastic benches for use by the Nursery aged children, and a gazebo for the Early Years Group who regularly meet, through all weathers at the Smithy. If we were to prioritise the most successful elements of the Covid package it would be fair to say that the food vouchers, ready meals, garden compost and wood fuel were without a doubt the most popular and most appreciated items.
Covid cleaning equipment.
When restrictions are lifted, and they will be, we have in stock bulk supplies of hospital standard sanitising and cleaning materials. These are available at much reduced rates to local organisations and businesses, monies raised from the sales will be ring-fenced to aid the cost of further supplies.
What next ?
Post Covid – Well where do we start? In Kirkton, trees to plant, footpaths to construct, outdoor learning activities to plan, event spaces to create and if all goes well the beginning of a horticulture project and a part time employment opportunity, and at the Smithy Hub, much of the same
If you have time on your hands, skills to pass on, or would like to get involved in any way, just get in touch
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