National Park Volunteers at Glenfinart

A ten-strong group of volunteers from Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park were this morning working with local volunteers preparing the Sensory Garden for turfing. Filming of the Beechgrove Garden has commenced, so if you’d like to come along and take part, we’re at the Walled Garden today, Thursday and Friday from 9am.


Twas the Day before Filming

On the eve of the Beechgrove Garden team arriving in Ardentinny, late morning saw the Walled Garden volunteers unloading a small mountain of turf as well as a beautiful range of plants, shrubs and trees which will grace the Sensory Garden.

Construction of the natural stone Wishing Well is underway (courtesy of Stephen Johnstone and Ian Kerr) and the sensory beds are being prepared for the filming on Thursday and Friday.

Volunteers are welcome to take part in the programme, so do come along to Glenfinart Walled Garden on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 9am.

Meryl attempts to stop the turf juggernaut single-handedly!
Turf is unloaded at Walled Garden entrance.


The plants follow

Bill doing his back in!
Stephen puts the finishing touches to the wishing well.
Ready for planting!

The turf will cover the ‘tump’.

Samuel constructs the 3-bin composting system.



Walled Garden transformation continues…

Sensory Garden on Monday evening.

Monday was another busy day for the Glenfinart Walled Garden volunteers, with the completion of most of the paths (20 tons of hoggin moved from outside the Bowling Club!), spreading of top soil and compost as well as construction of the wishing well. Tuesday sees the arrival of the turf to cover the tump and a variety of plants for planting later in the week.

Tuesday’s weather in the garden will be sunny with the odd light shower, so bring along the family to get involved with this great community effort. We’re here from 9am!


Frenzied activity in run-up to Beechgrove

Sensory Garden, Sunday.

With just three days until the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden team arrive to record a programme dedicated to Ardentinny’s historic Glenfinart Walled Garden, community volunteers have been working overtime this weekend laying the ground work for the sensory garden.

Despite torrential downpours, 40 tons of hardcore material have been laid on the paths of the intricate Mandala-shaped sensory garden, with some 20 tons going in over the weekend. This will be followed by a 20 ton top coating of environmentally friendly hoggin material on Monday.

With turf for the raised ‘tump’ and a range of plants arriving on Tuesday, the volunteers have been preparing the ground with top soil and donated compost from local Dun Darraich Stables. Meanwhile Ardentinny stonemason, Steven Johnstone, has been putting the finishing touches to a beautiful natural stone seat which he has donated and created entirely with stone from within the garden.

It’s going to be a fascinating week!

Moving 20 tons of hardcore.
Sensory Garden, Friday.

Mouth watering produce from Walled Garden

A milestone was reached this weekend for the dedicated Ardentinny Community Trust Glenfinart Walled Garden team as the first produce from the garden went on sale at the Blairmore Local Producers Market.

The mouth watering display of strawberries, rhubarb, cabbage, courgettes, lettuce, herbs and a range of plants, chocolate, home-baking and tablet raised over £100 for the Community Trust.