Ardentinny – Whistlefield road remains closed

Argyll & Bute Council gritter turning at Sligrachan earlier today

The Ardentinny – Loch Eck road remains impassable due to the weekend’s snow. Access is possible only as far as Sligrachan (bus terminus). As can be seen from the accompanying photographs, approximately 6 inches to a foot of snow is on the road. The gritter/snowplough turns back at the bus terminus.

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Our photographer's faithful hound 'Mori' finds the conditions challenging!

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Heavy snow affects Ardentinny

Loch Long and shore path

Along with much of Scotland it was slow going in Ardentinny today, due to the heavy snow. With temperatures reaching a maximum of just 1.9C, with a minimum overnight of -2.4C, Ardentinny beach and the village remains under several inches of snow. The 485 bus service does not appear to have been running but the snowplough/gritter made it through by mid-afternoon. The snow continues…

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Ardentinny looks to long-term future for the Walled Garden

Claire Hannah of HIE with Dennis Gower, Ardentinny Community Trust Convenor

Last week, members of Ardentinny Community Trust’s Walled Garden committee attended a seminar entitled ‘Maximising your Profits – Making Money from Events and Festivals’ It was organised by Craignish Community Company and the Community Assets unit of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and held in Craignish Village Hall in Ardfern, with the purpose of exploring how community groups can reduce their reliance on grants and make money from organising arts events and festivals. As Ardentinny and Cowal, in general, have a plethora of artists, in a variety of genres on their doorstep and, as many of them have already been active in their support of the Walled Garden project, it seemed appropriate that it be represented.

35 delegates attended and topics ranged from ‘Inspirational Stories’ with examples from the Enchanted Forest events programme and the Lochshiel Spring Festival; official input from Argyll and Bute Council on the logistics and legalities of event management; and how to market events locally and to the wider world. On Day 2 a ‘Community Cafe’ comprising four rounds of interactive discussion on Marketing; Income Generation and Sponsorship; Setting up Systems; and Social Enterprise provided an abundance of ideas and advice as all delegates got the chance to share their experience. This was also an excellent opportunity for networking and potentially forging long-lasting, collaborative relationships.

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Basking seal

Grab shot of a basking seal today at Ardentinny.

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Walled Garden fundraising at Colintraive

A busy week for members of Ardentinny Trust’s Glenfinart Walled Garden committee (see separate story) concluded with a display at Colintraive’s Christmas Fair. As usual, the stall had on sale arts and crafts donated by Elizabeth Bruce, Anne McLintock, Anne Hammil and Bill Williamson. Unfortunately, due to space restrictions, they were unable to mount the complete Walled Garden display. However, with a single information panel and information leaflets, they hoped to successfully inform another area of Cowal of the plans for the garden.

The fundraising display relies upon the artists who give of their time and expertise in providing crafts for sale and on the volunteers who staff the events. They very much welcome further craft donations and offers of help from supporters to staff the stand throughout Cowal.  If you are interested, please get in touch.

You can also now donate online to the Glenfinart Walled Garden project here.

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Ark Royal – the final passage

HMS Ark Royal left Loch Long’s Glen Mallan this morning on her final journey attended by Sd Dexterous, Sd Nimble and Sd Impulse. The aircraft carrier had spent the last five days unloading armaments at the MOD jetty. She was given a farewell salute with fire hoses by the attending tugs off RNAD Coulport.

We understand that, enroute to decommissioning at Portsmouth, she will be open to the public at Northumberland Quay, North Shields on Friday 19 November.

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Walled Garden fund-raiser debuts at Green Fair

Glenfinart Walled Garden display at Green Fair

Dunoon’s first Green Fair was also the curtain raiser for the first in a series of fund-raising events in aid of Ardentinny Community Trust’s Glenfinart Walled Garden Appeal. Manned by Ardentinny volunteers Anna Williamson and Chris Emmett, the Burgh Hall display included exhibition panels detailing  the history and aspirations of this ambitious project, as well as the sale of a selection of original arts and crafts generously donated by local artists Elizabeth Bruce, David Morrison, Anne Hamill and Anne McLintock

As one of the main aims of the garden project is the production of organic produce, the Green Fair was an obvious choice for launching the appeal. The initial target is to raise the £10,000 purchase price of the land within the next 18 months, however it is estimated that the restoration of the Victorian wall will be at least an additional £150,000. Over the coming months the Walled Garden Appeal will be participating at events throughout the Cowal area with the next appearance this Saturday at the Christmas Fair in Colintraive Village Hall. More information at www.GlenfinartGarden.org.

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In the media

Window of Opportunity – Dunoon Observer & Argyll Standard. 5 November, 2010.

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Ardentinny’s window of opportunity

Workers' bothies at Glenfinart Walled Garden

Ardentinny this week received a major boost in its plans for the community to purchase the Victorian, former Glenfinart House Walled Garden. Forestry Commission Scotland Director, Mr. Bob McIntosh accepted the independent Evaluation Panel’s recommendation and approved the Ardentinny Community Trust’s application to buy.

The Trust now has 18 months in which to raise the £10,000 purchase price and there are long term plans to restore the Grade 2B listed wall. More immediately it is hoped  to establish a working garden, producing organic fruit and vegetables alongside a more formal leisure garden, while creating opportunities for employment and training. The garden aims to be eco-friendly and to embrace all ages with education programmes for a variety of ages and abilities.

Community Trust Convenor Dennis Gower said “This excellent news represents a milestone in Ardentinny’s history. I am grateful to Forestry Commission Scotland for having the confidence to support us in bringing this valuable village asset back to life.

Mr. Gower continued “Raising the purchase price will be just be the start of a major fund-raising effort by the Trust and the community. Re-establishing the garden and restoring the wall will be a major project but we are confident it is achievable. Like so many community land purchases in Argyll and beyond, this is an unmissable opportunity.”

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Walled Garden Result

Ardentinny Community Trust Ltd. (registered company No. 245169/Registered Charity No. SCO034235) today received notification from Malcolm Wield, NFLS Programme Manager that Director, Forestry Commission Scotland has accepted the Evaluation Panel’s recommendation and approved Ardentinny Community Trust Ltd’s application to buy Glenfinart Walled Garden in Ardentinny.

Notification of a Trust meeting will be issued in due course.

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