Hydro Schemes in Ardentinny

Hydro pipework being installed in June this year

Hydro pipework being installed at Baron Turner in June this year

Chair of Ardentinny Renewables Trust, Dougie Menzies, provided the following update on the hydro schemes currently in progress: ‘The two hydro schemes being built up at Baron Turner are progressing well and the company (Hydrover) have completed all the pipework and built the turbine house. The final part is the connection to the grid and Scottish Hydro are awaiting the transformer to enable this to happen. Hopefully this will be in the next few weeks. The transformer is coming from Australia and was ordered in January.’

Dougie also informed that a new constitution has been drawn up to enable the Trust to be registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), and is ready to be submitted.

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Glenfinart Walled Garden welcomes Tullochan Futures Group

IMG_1271-3On one of the coldest days of spring, Glenfinart Walled Garden welcomed Steven Kenny from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and a group of young adults and two of their trainers from Tullochan Futures.

Despite the snow and rain, the group potted on vegetable seedlings which they had grown. Later, they enjoyed soup made exclusively from produce from the garden’s polytunnel. There were also pancakes, biscuits and hot drinks on offer and a thank you gift of a strawberry plant to take home. 

Another group will visit in July but it is hoped that as many as possible from the April group can return to enjoy the garden in better weather and also check on the progress of their efforts. 

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Masterclass series concludes as Franziska moves on

Franziska discusses a point with some of the Masterclass participants

Franziska discusses a point with some of the Masterclass participants

On 17th April regular (and other) attendees of Glenfinart Walled Garden’s Masterclasses bade resident expert gardener and horticulturalist, Franziska Schmidt, a regrettable but very fond farewell.

The final class of the series covered medicinal and healing plants and, as ever, was expertly resourced and delivered. Content ranged from identifying a number of relevant plants to how to collect and prepare herbs for teas, poultices, infusions, balms, and tinctures and their potential uses and precautions.

The relaxed and friendly group participation has been a trademark of the series and it was with a degree of sadness that goodbyes were said and thanks expressed along with lots of good wishes to Franziska for her personal and professional future.

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Ardentinny’s bygone sports day

We’re indebted to Jim Robinson who has been rummaging through his photo album and has come up with these gems from probably the 1980’s.

They are possibly of the Ardentinny School sports day held in the ‘football field’ behind the Swedish Houses. If you have any recollection of when this took place or who is in the photographs, please comment below or let us know.

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The ‘football field’ today.

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Ardentinny Renewables Status

Ardentinny Renewables Trust (ART) is not yet a Trust, according to the group’s secretary, Neil Robinson. At the April Ardentinny Community Council meeting he reported that slight changes were to be made to the Constitution which may require a solicitor’s stamp. It was also thought that the group might become a SCIO, i.e., Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation ‘which is a legal form unique to Scottish charities’ (http://www.oscr.org.uk/charities/becoming-a-charity). He said that members will be emailed with the relevant information.

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Gardening Plans

At the April Community Council meeting representatives of the Ardentinny Conservation and Heritage Group outlined some of their future plans. One is to provide planters which will offer edible flowers and vegetables along with recipes, with a view to encouraging people to walk through the village, collect recipes and pick and eat. Another is to help older residents with certain garden maintenance tasks which they find difficult to manage, such as, hedge trimming, strimming etc.

There is also Glenfinart Walled Garden, run by Ardentinny Community Trust,  which has reopened for its spring/summer/autumn season. It is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays 12.00 – 16.00 hrs and on the first Friday of the month 11.00 – 14.00 hrs. Visitors are also welcome any day the gate is open or, by appointment. All enquiries, requests to visit the Garden and offers of help can be made to Jean on 01369  810075 or Anna on 01369 810238. 2016-04-11_19-02-51Resident gardener, Franziska, will hold the garden’s latest Masterclass on Herbal First Aid and Healing Plants on 17 April, 12.00 – 15.00 hrs.

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Further Community Council Resignation

Since the 5th April Community Council meeting, Councillor Bill Williamson has resigned. This reduces the total number of community councillors to five. It was mentioned at the last meeting that they need more members. If you are interested, the contact details of the current councillors can be found on their website www.ardentinnycc.co.uk/.

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Gardener’s Blether – new issue

The new issue of Gardener’s Blether, the newsletter of Glenfinart Walled Garden, can be downloaded here (PDF)

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New Community Council Convener and Vice Convener

At the 5th April Ardentinny Community Council Meeting Marian Norris was elected Convener and Neil Robinson was elected Vice Convener. It was also announced that Community Councillor, Dennis Gower had resigned. Chairperson, Marian Norris, expressed thanks for Dennis’ long service to the Community.

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Anticipated Community Council Election

At the upcoming community council meeting on Tuesday 5th April, it is anticipated that there will be an election of a new convener.

The last meeting was brought forward from the usual first Tuesday of February to Thursday 14 January. The then convener, Roy Harrison, explained that they had brought forward the meeting in order to announce his resignation prior to his leaving the village.

It was agreed that Vice Convener, Marian Norris would act as Convener until the next meeting when a new convener would be elected.

Community Council meetings are open to the public and, as usual, all are welcome on Tuesday 5th April at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.

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