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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Ardentinny charity climb to establish Europe record

Ardentinny may be home to the UK’s tallest tree and Europe’s tallest conifer, something which could be officially confirmed later this month by arboriculturalists and charity tree climbers Phyl Dye and Simon Penfold, when they scale and measure the suspect Douglas fir near the Laird’s grave in Ardentinny.

On the last weekend of August, Phyl from Wotton-under-edge and Simon from Malmesbury plan to climb the tallest trees in England, Wales and Scotland over a challenging three day period in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The first climb on Friday the 25th will be a Douglas fir in Dunster Estate, England which measured 60.05 metres in 2009; the second will be in Lake Vyrnwy in Powys, thought to be around 60.62 metres; and their final challenge will be in Ardentinny on the Sunday, hoping to confirm the laser measurement of 68 metres when they will accurately measure it by tape during their climb.

Through this taxing endeavour, they hope to raise £2,000 for Cancer Research. If you would like to help them achieve or indeed supersede that goal, you can chip in on their Just Giving page.

You can also follow their progress on their Twitter page,  Instagram and we’ll have live updates at Ardentinny.org and on our Facebook page.

Main photo courtesy Liz Owen.

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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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Welcome return of village inn

Opening Hours
Weekdays:
Open 12-3pm and 5pm till late
Food served 12.30-2.30pm and 6pm – 8.30pm

Weekends:
Open 12.30pm.
Food served (Saturday) 12.30-2.30pm. (Sunday) 12.30pm-6pm.

The historic Ardentinny Hotel re-opens this weekend under a new guise.

Renamed The Ardentinny. The popular hostelry, dating back to the seventeen hundreds, has been closed for a number of years.

The hotel circa 1900

In May 2014 the roof of the building was badly damaged by fire caused by a lightning strike which delayed its renovation.

The Ardentinny, which opens today (Friday 30 June) at 5pm, will provide a welcome new venue at the centre of the village. Telephone number is 01369 810126.

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Ardentinny hydro scheme comes on stream

The Chair of Ardentinny Renewables Trust (ART), Dougie Menzies, has confirmed that the Hydro Scheme at Baron Turner is now up and running with both turbines operating and connection to the grid finalised. He reported that the company Hydrover says the initial costs should be paid off in five years and the scheme’s lifespan is expected to be 25 years.

ART is now registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR (registered no. SCO47215) with its main purpose being  ‘to advance the protection of the environment through the promotion and sustainable production of energy from renewable sources….. and to support rural regeneration in the Ardentinny Community Council geographical area through the management  and distribution of funds accruing from the production of renewable energy for community benefit.

 

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Easter Fun Day 2017

Despite gloomy conditions, Ardentinny Community Trust’s first Easter Fun Day at Glenfinart Walled Garden was a great success with lots to do including an Easter egg hunt, egg painting, Easter bonnet parade, egg and spoon race, flower pot ping-pong, coconut shy and as usual a superb selection of home baking.

Not to be left out on the fun, the mums and dads had their own hilarious egg and spoon races (see videos below).

The Easter Bonnet parade was judged by a local journalist with Kaitlin Woodside’s creation being declared the winner.

Sculptor Andy McClintock was demonstrating his unique art and also had on display exotic sculptures created by school children.

Thanks to everyone who came along on the day and helped make the event such a success and especially our wonderful bakers!  The Trust would also like to thank all the local companies who contributed to the Easter hamper raffle prize.

Kaitlin Woodside winner of the Easter Bonnets competition

 

A superb selection of home-baking was on sale including empire biscuits to die for!

On the coconut shy

 

Getting ready for the egg and spoon race

Medals all round

The ladies prepare for the egg race

… and the winner is..

Live promotion of the excellent fare on offer

Sculptor Andy McLintock demonstrates his art with young assistant

A young visitor gets some useful advice from Gardener Simon

“All my own work”. Sofia displays her egg art.

The Easter Bonnets were out in force


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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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Kids’ fun at Garden Opening

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Sofia plants her decorated egg plant

At what has become something of a tradition, Glenfinart Walled Garden held its spring opening in conjunction with Forestry Commission Scotland’s Easter Monday Eggstravaganza.

There was free entry to the garden and lots of fun activities for the children, e.g., mask painting; colour a bug glider, egg decoration; coconut shy; and plant a seed in the kids’ garden. As ever, the tea tent, with Ardentinny’s famous home baking, did a fine trade and a total of £437.92 was raised on the day, courtesy of generous donations of time, goodies and cash.

Glenfinart Walled Garden 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.

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Dunoon group discusses Council cuts

2015-12-12_10-36-14On Friday evening a public meeting was held in Dunoon to discuss the proposed Argyll and Bute Council cuts which will affect everyone in Cowal. Councillors Walsh, McQueen and Breslin were invited to attend. However only Councillor Breslin was present.

The meeting was organised by the Democratic Socialist Federation, a political grouping (not a political party) founded on the principle of ’empowering people to participate in their local area with other like minded people, and to have an effective say in a real democracy’.

More information on the local group is available on the People versus Argyll and Bute Council Administration facebook page.

The event which was livestreamed by DemocracyTV.scot, can be viewed below.

Argyll and Bute Council is encouraging its residents to participate in its Service Choices Survey in order to help it decide on priorities. You can do so by answering the survey questions here.

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Gardener’s Blether – October 2015

2015-11-14_18-26-50October issue of Gardener’s Blether, the newsletter of Glenfinart Walled Garden (PDF).

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