June in the Coupar Angus Community Gardens

June has been a huge month for growing and other activities down in the gardens – We’ve had some very busy Wednesday night volunteer sessions, started our Sunday nights “bring and shares” and have hosted several skill-shares in the gardens, with new people coming to learn bush-craft, painting and soon to come – making things with pallets!

All Skill-shares offered for FREE of charge!

As schools break up next week – we also hope to see plenty of kids and families down at the gardens and have lots of events where they are invited to join! Not least our family fun art day on the 13th August – where we will have a fun, messy, arty, outdoorsy afternoon planned with local artists Cat and Wayne.

But the cream on the cake this month, has to have been our new community shop, which has opened at number 2 High Street, (the old Meg’s Cafe).  This shop is a wonderful outlet for our excess garden produce and a brilliant place to find local, seasonal veg at a low price, while also show casing some wonderful artwork for local crafts people.   We hope to see you there!

We welcome all people of Coupar Angus into the community gardens – they are a lovely place to stop for a rest when out walking, exploring or adventuring with the children and we believe they are a vital part of Coupar Angus’s commitment to a lower carbon future and food independence in our region.

Come and Join us on Saturday 13th August for some FREE Family Art Fun at the Caddam Road, Community Garden with local artists Cat and Wayne. We will be painting a large colourful “Save the Planet” mural for the garden site, creating some eco banners/flags, painting some slate pictures to take home and generally having some messy eco themed fun. Children should be accompanied by parents or guardians and come in messy, “doesn’t matter if they get dirty clothes”.  Event starts at 1pm till 4pm.  To book please text 07833938536

Dates for you diary at the Caddam Road Community Garden.

The next free Skill-Share event will be “Pallets, Making & Breaking” Thursday 14th July 3pm – 5pm

Free Skill-Share event “Spindle Spinning” Thursday 28th July 3pm – 5pm

Free Skill-Share event “Learning to Dye Wool with Plants” Friday 26th August 5pm – 7pm

Free Skill-Share event “Introduction to Permaculture” Saturday 13th August 10am – 1pm, (Nether Larghan, Coupar Angus)

JOIN US FOR “Bring and Share Sundays” 3pm – 7pm Sunday 31st July

For more information contact Sharon on 07833938536

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May in the Coupar Angus Community Gardens

Update from Sharon at Forward Coupar Angus

May has been a busy month! The weather has been fantastic and the plants are growing well. The tomatoes and chillies are out in the poly tunnel, the kales and cabbages are growing fast and the salads are stunning. Our Wednesday evening volunteer nights have been busy – we have about 10 regular folks coming down and growing together – always lots of fun, with some beautiful sunny Spring evenings.. we have completed the cob oven – now to start planning some pizza nights! We have also experienced a month of plentiful giving! Our HUGE thanks to the folks that have given their time and energy and resources to the gardens – including:

  • Jon – for making wonderful flower boxes from recycled pallets
  • Steve – An amazing new sign created by hand for the gardens
  • Sue – for dropping of seedlings and plants for the gardens… and for the amazing liquid feed! The tomatoes are happier already…
  • Alison – for donating paint brushes for the sign painting!
  • Saranne – BUNTING!!! wow
  • To all the folks who came by after the poly tunnel was vandalised and helped fix it… a huge thanks for the support..
  • The MAD squad – who helped bury the fork… big thanks to Joe, Jon, Kenny, Bruce and David for making digging a huge hole a lot of fun!
  • Perthshire Timber Co – for donating wood to enable us to start building our outdoor classroom, seats and tables – a massive thanks!

We are looking forward to June – we have lots of events planned – we hope to see you there!

Brassicas

We’ve had a massive crop of brassicas, Yum! Please do come and see us on a Wednesday if you’d like some!

 

Please contact Sharon on 07833938536 or email couparangusfood@outlook.com

More to follow…

 

Partnership working to keep our paths clear.

For a few years now there has been a partnership approach between Rannoch Path Group and Ardeonaig Centre to work on the paths in the Rannoch and Tummel area.  The Greenspace Ranger has joined this partnership, by providing tools, expertise and resfreshments.  This has enabled a number of paths in the Rannoch and Tummel area to recieve annual maintenance and improvements over the last three years.

Part of the John Muir Award and their Duke of Ediburgh Gold we asked the participants of Ardeonaig to write a short article on the works they have completed in the area.  They have been quoted saying “Rannoch was great”.  Their summary of what they have done and learnt is as follows;

As part of our DofE Gold Residential, we undertook two days of conservation volunteering with Annie from the Rannoch Path Group and Jeannie, the PKC Community Greenspace Ranger. On the first day, we met at the Lassintulloch forest entrance and set off on the path to MacGregor’s Cave.

There was a lot of bracken growing at the sides, so we used bracken bashers to bruise the stems, which weakens the bracken if repeated over a number of years. We also used loppers to cut back some vegetation which was a trip hazard, as well as some overhanging branches by the stepping stones over the burn.

On the second day we cleared the Hillside Path in Kinloch Rannoch, again using bracken bashers and loppers. We also used bow saws to cut back some fallen trees which were across the path, and a scythe for the long grass. We loved using the tools!

The paths are in a beautiful area, and we hope that people will be able to use them walking side by side rather than just in single file.

Andrew, Guy, Michael and Will

Abernethy Ardeonaig Environment & Conservation DofE Gold Residential

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