Glenfinart Walled Garden Easter Fun Day 2018 – Highlights

Glenfinart Walled Garden’s Easter Fun Day marked a sunny and successful start to the Garden’s open season. The sunny weather may have been a contributing factor in attracting large numbers to the event but, once there, fun activities and attractions were in abundance.

The fun kicked off with an Easter egg hunt followed by egg and spoon races and an Easter Bonnet competition. In addition the kids enjoyed egg painting, seed planting and throwing a pot with resident ceramicist, Bill Williamson. Meanwhile the adults shopped at a variety of stalls, enjoyed a live performance by Clair Tierney and were nourished in the Tea Tent and Burger Bar all within the stunning surroundings of Glenfinart Walled Garden and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

The day’s success was made possible by the tireless efforts of Ardentinny Community Trust, its energetic group of volunteers and generous donations by Cooperative Food, Morrisons and i-rent (Argyll First). The garden is once more open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays 1-4.30 pm. and at other times, by appointment. For enquiries or requests to visit the garden contact Anna on 01369 810238 or any other Trustee. Email sec@glenfinartgarden.org and follow us on www.facebook.com/GlenfinartWalledGarden and at www.glenfinartgarden.org.

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Ready for the BIG day!

The stage is quite literally set for Glenfinart Walled Garden’s Easter Eggstravaganza. Thanks to all the volunteers who have worked hard over the past weeks to bring the garden back from its winter hibernation. Special thanks also to the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park volunteers who gave up their Saturday to drive many miles to help out at the garden. A special mention also to the event sponsors.. Coop Food, Morrisons and i-rent (Argyll 1st). Thank you for your contributions. There’s lots to do for all the family plus some great music on the new stage!

Easter Fun Day kicks off at 1pm on Sunday at Glenfinart Walled Garden. We hope to be streaming the event live on the Ardentinny.org Facebook page.

Helpers and National Park volunteers on Saturday

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Garden volunteers dig in for April opening

With the help of local volunteers as well as a group from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Glenfinart Walled Garden, Ardentinny got an early spring clean last Sunday. The new season kicks off on Sunday April 1 at 1pm with the very popular Easter Fun Day. Entry is free.

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Help boost funds for Glenfinart Walled Garden’s development project

Ardentinny Community Trust has successfully bid for the inclusion of its latest community development project in the Co-op’s Local Community Fund. The project aims to buy an eco compost toilet for the use of all ages and abilities who visit and work in the garden.

The Co-op Community Fund gives 1% of members’ spend on selected own-brand products and services to specific causes. Members can choose which project their 1% goes to. You can ensure your support by logging-in to your Co-op account here and choosing your cause here, or if you’re not already a member, you can sign-up as a Co-op member here and then choose your cause to support.

The first tranche of members’ funding is on its way to the Trust with a further 3 payments to follow so there is still time to lend your support to this worthwhile local cause.

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Getting the kids tooled up for spring

Sophie and friend Emma wheel in the goodies

Glenfinart Walled Garden’s kids’ section this week received a welcome visit and gift from its patron and friend Actor, Sophie Thompson.

Conceived as part of the overall plan for this community garden which also includes an orchard, a growing area, a lawned social space and a sensory garden, the imaginative children’s garden boasts a bug hotel, willow tunnel, yellow brick road, Elfin cottage hide, wheel and animal sculptures and growing beds (with bedheads) and keeps the kids occupied and entertained whenever they visit.

With this in mind, Sophie kindly donated a pair of much needed wheel barrows and six sets of children’s hand tools in preparation for the garden’s reopening at Easter.

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Glenfinart Walled Garden – Newsletter

Read the December 2017 Glenfinart Walled Garden newsletter from Ardentinny Community Trust.

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Ardentinny Community Trust AGM

Ardentinny Community Trust held its AGM on 19 September 2017 which covered the year April 2016 – March 2017. Its reported activity concerned Glenfinart Walled Garden which is the Trust’s sole project.The Trust Chair reported as follows:

The garden opened for the season on Monday 28th as part of the Forestry Commission’s Easter Eggstravaganza.
The garden was open Saturdays and Sundays 12.00 – 4.00 p.m. and on the first Friday of each month 11.00 – 2.00 p.m. (when Ardentinny Village Hall had their ‘Soup n Sandwich’ event).
However visitors were welcome in the garden any day if the gate was open or by appointment.

In April Franziska decided to return to her home in Germany. She held very informative Masterclasses which were well attended and helped to raise the profile of the garden. She encouraged volunteers and generally improved the flower and vegetable areas. Franziska shared her knowledge with all through her Gardener’s Blether. Simon Richardson was appointed as the new Volunteers’ Coordinator/Gardener and began work in July.
In the interim months volunteers and Community Payback planted out the vegetables in the polytunnel and kept the garden ticking over.

Our thanks go to Friends of Benmore Gardens who once again donated plants left over from the Benmore Botanic Garden Open Day.

Corrie MacDonald from Dunoon Grammar School Learning Centre started work experience in September 2016 travelling to the garden with a support worker every Monday.

Joe Robinson started work experience in the garden in February 2017 for his UHI College Course.

Events:
The Big Picnic, with live music from the ‘Elderly Brothers’ attracted a lot of picnickers and despite the damp start was enjoyed by all.

During Cowal Open Studios, Anthea Gage exhibited in the shed and welcomed 145 visitors to her exhibition.

The Harvest Fair, our annual fundraising event attracted many visitors and raised £1100 some of which went towards a diesel generator. Thank you to all the people who helped to make it such a success – too numerous to mention!

There was a ‘Sparkle Bomb’ the Garden event. Locals and visitors brought Christmas decorations to sparkle the children’s area.

Fundraising and Outreach:
The Trust was awarded a Tesco Groundworks’ Grant to put in Disabled parking.

A grant, awarded by Cowal Health and Wellbeing Network in February, will assist with the transportation of volunteers to the garden.

Trustees attended the Community Partnership’s Annual BBQ in Ardentinny Village Hall and their EGM and workshops in The Three Villages Hall, Arrochar.

The Garden had a fundraising stall at Dunoon Dazzle.

The garden had a stall at the Jobs’ Fair in Dunoon Grammar

A powerpoint presentation about the garden and its history was delivered at one of the TSI meetings in Dunoon, at the first meeting of the DASH Recovery Cafe and at one of the Parkinsons’ and Carers’ Group meetings. Talks were again given at the Job Centre

Visitors:
The 500th visitor of the season signed the visitors’ book in September. This did not include the visitors who do not sign the book, regular, local visitors and the people who attended the Easter event, the Big Picnic and Cowal Open Studios.

Other groups who visited the garden were: Strone Primary, Dunoon Grammar School Learning Centre and Glasgow Art Students who were staying at the outdoor centre. Carers from ENABLE and ASSIST brought their clients to enjoy the space.

Neil Black and Eilidh McKerry from the National Park visited the garden on their annual grant monitoring visit. They were delighted with the progress of the garden.

Tamara Hedderwick from the Groundworks’ grant team visited the garden to take promotional photographs.

Volunteer and Community support:
National Park Rangers regularly visited and NP Volunteers attended our Action Days on the last Saturday of the month which was extended, in July, to include the second Sunday of the month.

Tullochan Futures Group visited the garden with Steven Kenny from the National Park

The Forestry Commission provided us with marquees for our events. The village hall lent us tables and chairs.

The EXP, Youth Group spent a MAD (Make A Difference) day during the summer holidays.

ISS Facility Services Landscaping, Cowal and Bute Team, led by Andy continued to support the garden by professionally strimming the’ tump’ round the sensory garden and cutting the grassy areas to ensure maximum growth.

Two young men from the HELP Project began working in the garden on Thursdays.

The Community Payback Teams continue to be a great asset to the garden.

Development:
The storage yard was completed by attaching a large net to telegraph poles to hide our store of resources. Climbing plants were be grown up the net to further hide them. The compost bins were extended.

The shed roof was covered by box profile to make it water tight and to help preserve it for the years to come. The gutters were renewed and we are, again able to gather and store rain water in the bowsers behind the shed. This has made the watering of the polytunnel much less labour intensive.

The improvement to the water supply was completed. Water butts situated in the polytunnel and at the ends of each planting area were fitted with individual taps connected to pipe from the main bowser.

A diesel generator was installed behind the main shed. There is now power in the shed and outdoor electric sockets for events.

Sam Campbell felled several trees to make way for the parking spaces outside the wall. The Road Upgrade and 2 Disabled Parking spaces as well as parking for a minibus and 1 car were completed by Ross Macarthur Contractors ltd with a grant from Tesco, Groundworks ‘Bags of Help and Argyll and Bute Council.

Our grateful thanks go to the many supporters of the garden project who give of their time and resources and of course to the visitors who come from far and wide.

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Glenfinart Walled Garden Harvest Fair 2017

In response to ‘the harvest’ Glenfinart Walled Garden’s Harvest Fair was held a little earlier this year. Despite a very wet growing season, there was still plenty of fresh organic veg on offer both in its raw state and also in wonderful vegetable soup, preserves and even courgette cake! The orchard offered up delicious pressed apple juice and the now famous Ardentinny home baking ensured a constant stream of customers at the tea tent.

The kids had lots of fun in their own garden space and there was a mini mall of craft and other stalls to tempt the visitor, including more garden produce in the shape of fresh flowers and plants.

Time flew as The Elderly Brothers, along with their young and older guest performers, entertained the crowds with lively song and and expert accompaniment, while everyone’s contribution raised the much appreciated sum of £1310.

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Facebook Live video on dodgy 3G..

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Glenfinart Walled Garden at Kirn Gala

The sun shone last Wednesday evening for the annual Kirn Gala. Glenfinart Walled Garden’s team of Lynn, David and Phyllis were in attendance selling the garden’s organic vegetables, herbs and beautiful bunches of freshly picked flowers. The event raised over £136.

Don’t forget the next big event at Glenfinart Walled Garden – The Harvest Fair on Sunday 17 September. More details soon!

 

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Bubbles and Bubbly at the Big Picnic

Sunday’s Big Picnic at Glenfinart Walled Garden was another resounding success.

What began as a one-off a couple of years ago, having proved so popular, Ardentinny Community Trust has since made it an annual event. This year the Trust provided a free bus from and back to Dunoon, picking up along the regular 489 route.

Families and groups of all ages came along with their picnics and enjoyed the additional goodies and refreshments on offer. Many sang along and danced to the live music, provided by The Elderly Brothers and their guest singers and the children found plenty to amuse them in the kids’ garden while the adults relaxed in the orchard and sensory garden.

Trust funds were augmented by donations at the plant and flower stall and Kilmun surgery hosted a stall which raised £100.This was part of a reciprocal arrangement whereby the Trust’s stall at the Riverbank Surgery’s Saturday event in the Uig Hall raised £140 for the Walled Garden.

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David with the Trust’s stall at the Uig Hall event on Saturday.

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