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.

  
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Gardener/Volunteer Supervisor required for Glenfinart Walled Garden Project

P1010082-1-2Gardener/Volunteer Supervisor required for Glenfinart Walled Garden Project from April 2015

Part time post for this year.

Full information on request

Contact Lynn on 810275 or lkerr172@btinternet.com

Applications with CV by 6th March.

  
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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.

  
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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. 

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Tree planting – January 2013.

  
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Glenfinart Walled Garden: Presentation of proposals to further develop garden

GOPR1010-5-1Over the past few months Ardentinny Community Trust has been working on plans to transform Glenfinart Walled Garden into a venue that can be used by all members of the community as well as attracting tourists to the area thereby enhancing the tourism offer on the Cowal Peninsula.

The appointed independent consultants (the Venturei Network) assigned to assist the Trust in this process have produced a report setting out how the Walled Garden will be developed over the medium to long term.

The Ardentinny Community Trust believes community groups and organisations in addition to tourist, recreational, hospitality and educational providers across the Cowal Peninsula should be involved in the project to ensure the long term sustainability of both the Garden and the Region. Therefore the Venturei Network is holding an event which will present the outputs of the report and provide an opportunity for connections to be made between the Trust and these organisations to move the project forward.

This event will take place in:

The Younger Hall, Kilmun on Wednesday 4th February 2015  between 7pm – 9pm.

All community groups and organisations as well as tourist, recreational, hospitality and educational providers on the Cowal Peninsula are encouraged to attend this event

For further information on this event please contact Venturei Network on 02887769007. To register your attendance at the event contact Bridie Comac at Venturei Network or email bridie@venturei.org.

  
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Walled Garden season culminates with Harvest Fair

Glenfinart Walled Garden’s open season culminated in a successful Harvest Fair on Saturday. Despite an overcast start, the weather was kind and a piper opened proceedings which heralded in a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.

Over and above the impressive garden setting, there was much on offer. The Food Tasting marquee provided delicious vegetable soup and curries made from the walled garden’s organic produce; there was apple pressing and fresh juice from the orchard; and the ubiquitous Tea Tent was a constant hub of activity with its impressive home baking and irresistible Tombola.

Bill Tierney and friends provided fantastic live music throughout the afternoon and the kids were kept entertained in the story-telling tent; mask-making in the hut; delving into the Lucky Dip; and wish-making for the Wishing Tree. Add to that (foam rubber) fencing; archery; and the opportunity to glaze and fire your own pot with the garden’s resident ceramicist, it was little wonder most visitors spent several hours enjoying the event.

Ardentinny Community Trust is indebted to all who helped make the day the success it was.

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Gifted garden sculptured seat

Ardentinny residents Irene and Stan Share recently enjoyed a small celebration beside the bespoke, carved, oak seat which they had generously commissioned and donated to Glenfinart walled garden.

Stan and Irene on the bespoke oak seat.

Stan and Irene on the bespoke oak seat.

The seat, which was designed and carved by local wood carver Guy Elder, is a work of art which slopes and weaves round the old beech tree at the entrance to the garden. Irene described how the design had evolved as she liaised closely with Guy on the project and both she and Stan very much like the end result, as will anyone who views and uses it.

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Ardentinny Community Trust toast Irene and Stan.

A detail of the unique sculptured seat.

A detail of the unique sculptured seat.

  
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Walled Garden featured in Gardens Illustrated

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Glenfinart Walled Garden features in the current (August 2014) issue of Gardens Illustrated. The article entitled “The Fall & Rise of the Walled Kitchen Garden” focusses on how once magnificent walled gardens are now finding a new and productive lease of life.

The community enterprise aspect of the garden is highlighted in the the article. “..There is no more inspiring tale than Glenfinart, near loch Lomond, where a community has come together to secure a garden for its own use.

Abandoned in the 1920’s, and turned over to the Forestry Commission, a crumbling enclosure with a distinctive curved wall was more or less all that remained of the grand residence of the local Laird.

A band of volunteers is steadily creating a growing space, recreational garden and social hub for the folk of Ardentinny, who can also attend gardening classes”

Very well done to everyone involved in the project.

  
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Walled Garden patron Sophie is Celebrity MasterChef

Finalists Charley Boorman & Jodie Kidd with Sophie Thompson

Finalists Charley Boorman & Jodie Kidd with Sophie Thompson

Beating 20 celebrity contestants for the Celebrity MasterChef trophy, Glenfinart Walled Garden patron, Sophie Thompson triumphed in the gruelling 6-week BBC contest.

Judge John Torode praised Sophie’s culinary creations for being “Original, exciting and daring”. Fellow judge Gregg Wallace said “Sophie’s food is very much like her, it’s original, it’s individual, it has a style, it’s different. She creates some absolute delights on a plate, they look like little stories to me; they just look amazing.”.

Sophie beat off other finalists Charley Boorman and Jodie Kidd.

"Original, individual and with style" - One of Sophie's MasterChef dishes

“Original, individual and with style” – One of Sophie’s MasterChef dishes

Celebrity MasterChef is available on the BBC iPlayer until 25 July.

  
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Busy week for Walled Garden team

Glenfinart Walled Garden was host to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Community Partnership last Thursday when its new Directors and Staff enjoyed a familiarisation visit to this Ardentinny, community-based project. Their visit comprised a guided tour, some welcome tea and home baking and the all-important expansion of the garden’s & Partnership’s ‘network’.

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Walled Garden produce on sale at Blairmore market.

Lynn at the Burgh Hall event.

Lynn at the Burgh Hall event.

On Saturday members of the Trust manned the Glenfinart Walled Garden stall at neighbouring Blairmore Village’s Local Produce Market. Sale of the garden’s produce netted £115.50 in addition to much-appreciated donations. At the same time, Trust Secretary, Lynn Kerr represented the garden at Dunoon Burgh Hall’s Community Fair. Another excellent networking event!

Glenfinart Walled Garden is open daily from 12-4 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

  
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