Quickest Quackers at Ardentinny Harvest Fair

Wedged between two ‘Indian summer’ days, Glenfinart Walled Garden drew the short straw for its annual Harvest Fair on Sunday. However, the rain stayed away for the Quickest Quackers Duck Derby and while calm waters on the River Finart made for slower conditions than last year, it was nail bitingly competitive and made it much easier for the duck collection team to ensure that no-one got away!

Quickest Quacker winners were 1st Henry Williamson; 2nd Lesley Hamilton and 3rd Katie Bleach.

Garden visitors also enjoyed a panoply of stalls and sampled garden produce in tasty vegetable soup and apple juice from the orchard while The Elderly Brothers provided live entertainment in their customary style.

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Harvest Fair this weekend at Glenfinart Walled Garden

Glenfinart Walled Garden

Marking the end of summer, Ardentinny Community Trust’s Harvest Fair takes place this coming weekend at Glenfinart Walled Garden. With all the usual attractions including LIVE music, pottery demonstrations, coconut shy, Ardentinny’s celebrated home baking and of course the grand finale of Quickest Quackers, there’s lots to do for all the family!

The fun starts on Sunday at 12 noon until 4. Come early!

Rowan Steals the show for Dunoon youngsters

Ardentinny pup ‘Rowan’ was the star of a visit to Glenfinart Walled Garden recently for pupils from Dunoon Primary Learning Centre when they visited the garden accompanied by their teacher Gail McCorquondale.

Under the guidance of regular volunteer Corrie, the children helped pick fresh produce including delicious apples, carrots, courgettes, blueberries and leeks from the garden.

Back at school, the kids stored their day’s work in the freezer with the intention of using the vegetables to prepare lunch for the garden volunteers in the near future.

The Community Trust were thrilled to receive handwritten letters this week from each of the young visitors which we have included below.

…and the heavens opened

Torrential rain is not usually something that deters the hardy locals and visitors to Argyll from enjoying themselves, and last Sunday’s Big Picnic at Glenfinart Walled Garden, Ardentinny was no exception.

Although, as expected, the garden had a smaller attendance than usual, the event was still a great day out. Despite the challenging weather (which actually cleared later in the afternoon), the Elderly Brothers, along with their guests – Ambrose Harper from Dunoon; Tom McIver from Hunter’s Quay; Benmore’s Sharon Erskine; and Ardentinny’s very own Liz Kohlmeyer – provided an excellent musical backdrop to the day.

Where else in Cowal can you enjoy a free concert with such a range of talent on a rainy Sunday afternoon?

The garden was looking resplendent in its July colours and the tea cabin with its delicious home baking, generously created by volunteers, did brisk business.

Local environmental group AFFtheClyde were also in attendance and added more signatures to their petition opposing the proposed Ardentinny fish farm.

So, all in all, a good day out. The Walled Garden’s next event is the Harvest Fair on 22 September. Fingers crossed it will be blessed with better weather!



The picnic continues under cover.. and not a leak in sight!
…and the band played on

..and the rain kept on coming

The clouds finally cleared

Ann Woods of AFFtheClyde is interviewed by Dunoon Community Radio


Ardentinny banners vandalised and stolen

Two village banners promoting Glenfinart Walled Garden’s Big Picnic event and AFFtheClyde were vandalised overnight between Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 July.  Both banners were located on the Ardentinny village road sign at the side of Loch Long. The PVC banners were ripped to shreds with what appears to be a very sharp knife.  The vandalism has been reported to the police. 

Some weeks ago an AFFtheClyde banner was stolen from the site of the proposed Loch Long fish farm.