Invitation to Tender for Trail construction in Kirkton Woods.

Invitation to Tender

Trail Construction Contract: 150m ‘as dug’ trail – Kirkton Woods, Lochcarron

With financial assistance from the EU LEADER programme, the Community Woodlands Association invites tenders for the construction of a section of new recreational trail in Kirkton Woods.

Situated north of Lochcarron village on the A896, Kirkton Woods are owned by Lochcarron Community Development Company (LCDC). LCDC are developing a new network of trails within the property – across areas of recently clear-felled plantation for the benefit of the local community and visitors.

Contractors wishing to familiarise themselves with the location, terrain and indicative trail line are invited to visit the woods (pedestrian access from A896/forest road junction). The intended trail route is marked with blue survey flags and shown on the accompanying map (over). A site inspection with CWA’s project manager ( may be possible at a mutually agreeable time during w/c 4th June.

Specification: The finished trail will have a nominal 1.4m width and be constructed primarily from underlying mixed gravel/sand/clay deposits – taken from locally dug (then back-filled) borrow pits along its length. Organic material (peaty soils, roots/stumps) would be stripped from the trail line to reach a load-bearing subsoil with stripped material sensitively dispersed and landscaped on adjacent ground. Then as-dug material to be deposited and built up on this base and compacted to provide a smooth, finished trail surface. The finished trail surface should be higher than neighbouring ground level and appropriately compacted/finished to make it hard wearing and able to shed any surface water as well as resist groundwater ingress (e.g. using grade reversals along its length or instatement/reinstatement of drains in the vicinity of the trail).

Timescale:    The nominated contractor must complete all works by the end of July 2019. The earliest Start Date would be after tender deadline and award of contract (estimated 18th June).

Contract Terms:    This is a fixed price contract, awarded on assessment of Price, Experience/Competence and Proximity to Kirkton Woods (equal weighting). The Community Woodlands Association is the client and will take on contract management and a site supervisory role A pre-commencement meeting will be required to discuss and agree work methodology, environmental/archaeology protection as well as public safety. The contractor is required to have public liability insurance (minimum £3 million cover) and is expected to manage the day-to-day implementation of all aspects of the contract to the agreed working method (i.e. safety signage, accident reporting etc).

Tender Requirements:      A standard template has been created for completion and submission of necessary contract tender information (attached).

Tender Submission Deadline:      Tenders to be submitted by email to no later than 9am 15th June 2019.



Trail Construction Contract: 150m ‘as dug’ trail – Kirkton Woods, Lochcarron

 Name of Business/Organisation:

 Total Fixed Contract Price (incl VAT):    ………………………………………..


Brief Description of Delivery Method: (e.g. no. of workers, types of machinery, contract duration, method etc)



Example(s) of previous relevant experience: (what, when, for whom, where?)


PLI/ELI Insurance cover & value:    …………………………………

Contact Details for tender response/further discussion:


Tender Submissions must be received by email by 9am 15th June 2019 to:

CWA Woodland Project Manager: Chris Marsh


PDF version of above available HERE;
CWA LCDC Trails Contract ITT final – 24may19

Job Vacancies for the Café Ceàrdach at the Smithy Hub.

We invite applicants for new posts to run and manage Café Ceàrdach at the Smithy Hub.

Café Manager

competitive salary depending on experience , 40 hpw equivalent (annualised hours), 25 days holiday, workplace pension 

Café Ceàrdach are seeking a highly self-motivated and self-reliant experienced chef / café manager for our brand-new bespoke venture alongside the busy NC 500 route at our Smithy Hub site. This broad ranging role which will align the offering with our overarching ethos will encompass the development and provision of imaginative menus suitable for a wide range of dietary requirements. You will be responsible with the assistance of the Retail Manager, to drive the success of Café Ceàrdach, its ethos and green agenda aspirations.  

Retail Manager

competitive salary depending on experience, 40 hpw equivalent (annualised hours), 25 days holiday, workplace pension 

Café Ceàrdach are seeking a highly self-motivated and self-reliant experienced retail manager for our brand-new bespoke venture alongside the busy NC 500 route at our Smithy Hub site. This broad ranging role will align to our overarching ethos and will encompass the provision of high-quality delicatessen products and produce, much locally sourced, and the maximisation of Gallery sales affording a profitable shop window for local artists and craftspeople. You will be responsible for deputising for the Café Manager, and assist him / her to drive the success of Café Ceàrdach, its ethos and green agenda aspirations.

 General Assistants x 3

£9 per hour, 20 hpw equivalent (annualised hours), 25 days holiday pro rata

Café Ceàrdach are seeking highly self-motivated and self-reliant general assistants to support our brand-new bespoke venture alongside the busy NC 500 route at our Smithy Hub site. This broad ranging role will be to support within our kitchen and retail operation as necessary. Recognised skills training will be available and promotion prospects are excellent. Reporting to either the Retail or Café Manager as appropriate you will ensure the maximum customer experience is delivered consistently whilst completing general tasks as delegated by your manager. Café Ceàrdach promote employee engagement and a green agenda where our customers are king. You will be part of driving the success of Café Ceàrdach, its ethos and green agenda aspirations.

If you are interested in any of the above exciting opportunities please contact for further information or a Job Description and details of how to apply.


‘A Cry For Kirkton’- Pupils Film available to view.

The film that the Lochcarron Primary School pupils created  ‘ A cry for Kirkton ‘ is now available to view here via You Tube. The film was a response to their research into the settlement of Kirkton behind Lochcarron- Now our community woodland, many thanks to everyone involved, and to Ray McCartney for uploading and all his work on this.

Autumn Crafting 2018- report

We held two workshops at the Treehouse this week, making Mandalas on day one followed by Waxed Leaf mobiles and Teasel Hedgehogs on day two.
Mandalas are usually seen in Asia, the Tibetan word for mandala means “that which encircles a center”.  Most types of mandalas are used in Buddhism, where you place symmetrical patterns in a circle.  The process is very relaxing and used as a form of meditation.
For our mandalas we used locally sourced natural materials.  Many of the leaves were collected from Attadale Gardens (Thank you) so we had a huge range of colours and shapes to work with. A favorite being the Japanese Acer leaves.    Traditionally a mandalas are dismantled at the end to demonstrate that nothing lasts forever.  Unable to destroy our beautiful works of art we opted to cherish them forever by gluing them to card & taking them home.
On our second day we melted bees wax and dipped selected leaves to hang from  driftwood twigs (kindly donated by one of our participants); producing intricate waxed leaf mobiles to hang on display back home.
After sharing bakes & hot chocolate (thanks for all the yummy cakes) we set about making our Teasel Hedgehogs.  Teasels are brilliant plants for birds, bees & butterflies.  The pink pollen covers the summer bees, whilst in the autumn goldfinches are drawn irresistibly to tease out the shining black seeds from in amongst the brown spikes of the seed head.  As the seed heads were reincarnated into a hedgehogs we collected & shared the seeds to all plant up next year….. continuing the life cycle.   Using some clay we attached hedgehog heads to the teasel spiky bodies to transform into a Hedgehog.  Some of our hedgehogs had larch cone eyes and rowan noses, perhaps a new take on red nose day.
Thanks to all those that attended,  Attadale Gardens for the leaves & to Lochcarron Community Development Company for the use of the Treehouse as a venue.

Greenwood working, make your own Bull Roarer

Greenwood Working
at the treehouse

In celebrating Kirkton woodland and Settlement of Kirkton.

ADULTS & Children aged  10 +

Come along and carve  &

 decorate your own Bullroarer

A Bullroarer is an ancient

ceremonial musical


Date: Wednesday 17th October

Venue: The Treehouse, Lochcarron

Times: 11 – 3pm

Please ensure you come dressed for outdoors and bring lunch or food to share.  No.s are Limited, booking essential .  Parental / Guardian consent required.    

To Book contact:





Autumn Crafting Workshops

More Workshops , this time Autumn themed.
In celebrating Kirkton woodland and Settlement of Kirkton.

For all ages, Family based events

Venue:-  The Treehouse , Lochcarron

Mon 15th October 

 Make Mandalas

Time:- 11am – 1pm 

Bring Packed lunch or food to share.

Tues 16th October

Make your own leaf Mobile &  Teasel Hedgehog

Time:-  11am—2pm

Bring Packed lunch or food to share.

Please ensure you come dressed for outdoors and bring snacks/drinks & any medication .   Children aged 7 + years  can attend without parent/guardians.  Parental consent forms to be completed prior to the event.  Booking Required.  No.s Limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.  

For further information or to book;






Fungi Day at the Treehouse 2nd Sept 2018

It’s been a great year for Fungi, so we were delighted to host a Fungi day at the Treehouse with local expert Tony Lyon.  Tony brought along a huge selection of local fungi which was on display.  We were amazed at the variety of fungi to be found in our locality.  Tony gave a insightful talk about methods of Identifying Fungi.
What was interesting to learn is that smell and the physicality of the Fungi is not always consistent therefore a taking note of the site of where it grows, it’s proximity to tree varieties & it’s it’s individual characteristics are essential.  One method is to take a spore print which participants were given the option to try.  The colour palette of which fungi spores produce had many in awe & is an artists dream.
Within the display were some of the poisonous varieties like the Destroying Angel, it’s beauty masquerading it’s fatal consequences.    Using some of the foraged edible Fungi, chanterelle, hedgehog & Cep, Lynda set about cooking risotto outdoors over the fire – We are glad to announce that all participants are still alive!
Tony enlightened us with folklore and stories of Fungi over lunch before we learned how to harvest and store/dry Fungi.  Encouragingly Tony’s handmade drying rack is an example of how this hobby can be accessible to all. We took a short stroll through the woodland & with our newfound knowledge were able  identify Orange Birch Bolete, Amethyst Deciever & Sulpher Tuft a variety of milk-cap’s & many more.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable day had by all.  Lets hope for an equally abundant year in 2019!

Photos of August Market Day

Many thanks to Lynne Roberts for sending us these photos from August’s Market day in Lochcarron Hall. The Next market days ate 28th September & 26th October, please let us know if you’d like a table , email

Thanks to all our volunteers who keep this important social event and fundraiser going with all their enthusiasm and hard work throughout the summer months.

New View point Bench in Kirkton Woodland

a lovely new hardwood bench has been kindly provided by woodworkz- lochcarron, and the Lottery Awards for all. Thanks to the volunteers who got it securely put into place at the top of Cnoc Na Staing with great views overlooking Kirkton Woodland & Loch Carron.