Onshore Renewables – Community Benefit Consultation

IMG_0800-1In view of the potential onshore renewables projects in Ardentinny which have recently been raised at  Ardentinny Community Council meetings, residents may wish to participate in Argyll and Bute Council’s Community Benefit Consultation.

The Council has drawn up a framework for community benefits from onshore renewables which will replace its 2005 policy. You may view this draft document here. You are invited to provide your feedback here.

Responses should be submitted no later than 13 March 2015.


Glenfinart Walled Garden secures renewed funding

P1160178-1Ardentiny Community Trust (ACT) has been granted renewed funding from The Robertson Trust for Glenfinart Walled Garden’s Gardener/Volunteers’ Supervisor post, which is currently being advertised.

ACT Treasurer, Dennis Gower said “We look forward to building on the excellent work done by Glyn Toplis which has given us a strong foundation for the future with our sensory garden, orchard and vegetable plots. An important part of the job is the work with volunteers and the training programme which Glyn began.”  Full information on the post is available on request by contacting Lynn on 01369 810275 or lkerr172@btinternet.com

Anyone interested in the garden is welcome to come along to its Action Days every Thursday and last Saturday of the month 11.a.m.- 3.p.m. and it will again be participating in the Forestry Commission Scotland’s Easter Eggstravaganza on 6th April, providing a great day out for all the family.


Historic Kilmun and Walled Garden collaborate

Historic Kilmun and Glenfinart Walled Garden collaborated recently by sharing Dunoon premises over a two-day period.  The Argyll Street shop, which was kindly offered by Tony Stonehouse, provided a venue to promote both projects and attract volunteers. Members of the public enjoyed teas and coffees and many expressed an interest in visiting both attractions.

Dennis Gower and Lynn Kerr of Ardentinny Community Trust with Moira Clinch and Iain MacNaughton of Historic Kilmun outside the Dunoon shop.
Dennis Gower and Lynn Kerr of Ardentinny Community Trust with Moira Clinch and Iain MacNaughton of Historic Kilmun outside the Dunoon shop.

Glenfinart Garden orchard – Two years on

IMG_1177-2-1 On January 31st, two years to the day the new orchard was planted in Glenfinart Walled Garden, a group of volunteers gathered to learn some pruning skills and do a fruit tree health check.  The workshop was led by popular permaculturist, Ceci Alderton, from Strachur  who reassured us that all the young trees were doing well.   What could be a better way of spending a frosty, sunny day, with a birthday celebration for the treasurer of A.C.T. , and superb vegetable soup and sandwiches?

Most of the trees are adopted by local residents, including our enthusiastic and renowned patron, Sophie Thomson. However there are a few still to be claimed and anyone who would like to adopt a Red Devil,  an egremount russet, a Katy eating apple, an Invincible pear, an Arthur Turner cooking Apple or a Czar or Victoria Plum… please get in touch.  No work involved.. just a blessing.

Merle Ferguson. 





Tree planting – January 2013.