At the EGM held in the hall on 11 May 2010, a new committee of seven members was elected with Margaret Emmett as Chair; Pauline Gordon – Treasurer; Marian Norris – Minute Secretary and Vicky Fairley – correspondence secretary. Jo Wilkinson, Margaret Greenhalgh and Jimmy Gordon complete the committee.
It was also proposed and agreed by all that the financial year be changed to run from January 1st to December, 31st.
On the instructions of Ardentinny Community Council, the Walled Garden Working Group organised a village survey to ascertain whether or not the majority of the community were in favour of a community purchase of the garden. These are the results.
95 responses were received from residents on the Electoral Roll, of these, 3 were filled in by the ‘surveyor’ when given the verbal response ‘don’t know’. As these may not count, we are going with a working total of 92 responses.
There were also 8 responses from residents who are not on the Electoral Roll.
Of the 92 ‘countable’ responses, 21 are against, with one abstention, and 70 are in favour. Therefore, there is a clear steer from residents that they would like to see the community acquire the Walled Garden.
Of the 70 in favour, 47 said they would be willing to assist in its maintenance.
Suggestions for its use are many and varied but the most popular were allotments (37) and a conservation/communal/formal garden (36), or, a combination of the two.
Other suggestions made were:
Community market garden/nursery (14)
Tennis/badminton court (12)
A park (10)
Play area (9)
Tearoom/eco tearoom (8)
Arts and Crafts workshop/exhibition space (7)
The following are shown as ‘other’ in the pie chart:
Wildlife/ conservation garden (3)
Sports facility (3)
Organic garden (3)
Putting green (3)
Seating area (3)
Special needs provision (2)
Purchase as a private garden (2)
Small wind turbine to provide electricity (2)
Boat storage (2)
Commercial garden (2)
Teenagers/Backpackers’ adventure park (2)
Wishing Well (2)
Garden centre (2)
Memorial garden (1)
Victorian garden exhibition (1)
Craft centre (1)
Mini golf (1)
Dog training (1)
Nature trail (1)
Swimming/paddling pool (1)
Model boat pond (1)
Bicycle/skateboard park (1)
Community Service hard labour site (1)
Renovation of building by job seekers (1)
Heritage site with historical information (1)
Lease to Actual Reality for garden/biology studies (1)
Holiday adventure activities (1)
Amusement park (1)
Beechgrove Garden community project (1)
New outdoor centre (1)
Backpackers’ chalet accommodation (1)
Tourist/emergency helipcopter pad (1)
Historical preservation (1)
Vocational training (1)
Exhibition area (1)
Farmers’ markets (1)
Renewable energy via existing water aqueduct (1)
Garden of Remembrance (1)
Community project (1)
Football pitch (1)
Animal space (1)
Composting toilets to be incorporated in any development (1)
There is some obvious overlap with the above suggestions and possibly some less obvious. It would be the task of the architect/s of the Community Walled Garden Business Plan, with perhaps further consultation with ‘Friends of the Walled Garden’ once a sketch plan was designed, to try and incorporate the wishes of the community in as beneficial and viable a way possible.
Dougie Menzies of Ardenfield was quick with his camera this week capturing this excellent shot of a hungry Pine Marten at the squirrel food. Iona Lister who runs an excellent website dedicated to Pine Martens informs us that she thinks it’s unusual for a Pine Marten to be moving around in open space during daylight, therefore it may be feeding young ones or else possibly there are few predators locally. Any Pine Marten experts out there who would like to comment?
At the invitation of the Lochgoilhead Community Council, 29 intrepid walkers from Ardentinny walked the 7-mile route from the village to Carrick Castle on Sunday 9 May to celebrate the opening of the new forest path.
On arrival, they were treated regally to a champagne reception at Carrick Castle and then transported to Lochgoilhead for lunch in a local hotel. There Leslie Cuthbertson on behalf of the Lochgolihead community, thanked them for their participation as well as Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park for the major funding as well as Argyll & Islands Leader for the balance of the funding. Leslie went on to thank landowners Duncan McPhail and Donald Ferguson for their cooperation in allowing the use of parts of their land for the path, as well as Carrick Castle Amenities for organising the welcome reception.
In turn, Ardentinny Community Council Convener, Val Kennedy thanked the hosts for their kind hospitality and invited a reciprocal visit later in the year. It is now thought that this will take place in September with a barbecue and ceilidh after the walk.
Phone signal permitting, we’ll be covering live Sunday’s community walk from Ardentinny to Carrick Castle. For those folks unable to join us, we’ll hopefully be uploading images from the 7-mile walk as it happens. We understand that there has been a great response from our community. If you would like to take part, it starts from the car park at Sandy Beach at 10 am. The newly opened route should take around two and a half hours to complete. Lunch will be available at Lochgoilhead as well as transport back to Ardentinny.
We look forward to welcoming you all on Sunday either as a participant or as a lurker at ardentinny.org!
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As of 21.45 hrs. 6 May 2010. 82% of those eligible to vote today at Ardentinny’s local polling station, had cast their vote. There were another potential 40 postal votes, for which we have no cast votes statistics. It is estimated that it will be tomorrow lunchtime before we have the final results for Argyll and Bute.