Kilfinan Community Forest News
Latest developments and news items on Kilfinan Community Forest. Check out our Diary Dates for a full list of this years events!
|KCFC receives commendation at Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2013|
|Added: 03 Jul 2013|
| We’re delighted to announce KCF has received a judges’ commendation for ‘promoting viable livelihoods’ in the Community Woodlands category of Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2013. This award recognises projects that actively involve communities in using woodlands to deliver economic development and thereby enhancing peoples’ livelihoods. |
Nikki and Eamon accepted the engraved cherry tree plaque at the annual prize-giving event, which took place at the Royal Highland Show on 21st June. KCF submitted an entry to promote a number of achievements made over the past year, including four new jobs having been created, close ties established with the local community particularly relating to recreation, and a structured volunteering programme which focuses on developing participants’ forestry skills.
Peter Wilson, Executive Director of Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards, comments: “Congratulations to the Kilfinan Community Forest. Our judges said that Kilfinan is an impressive and well managed community forest, which is very effectively integrated into the community. A number of projects are progressing well and are beginning to create and sustain real jobs and spawn economic initiatives”.
|Volunteer For Skills|
|Added: 19 Jun 2013|
|KCFC has been working closely with a number of local organisations, including HELP, the Community Payback Scheme and Dunoon Job Centre, offering volunteering opportunities to people who are out of work or having to fulfil community service hours, as well as to those who simply want to develop their forest management skills.|
Twice a week since Easter, 5 young people and their supervisor from HELP Projects Community Task Force, have been helping out around the forest. They have been extra hands for the Kilfinan team, assisting with everything from clearing rhododendrons, to creating steps and erecting bird boxes, to clearing paths and drainage ditches, and a whole lot more besides. Declan Reilly, one of the Task Force members, comments: ’I am really enjoying helping out at Kilfinan. I love working outdoors and am planning to train as a Forester. The experience that I have gained here will be really useful when I apply for jobs and college courses”.
We’re in the process of developing a comprehensive training scheme which will offer such volunteers free in-house training in areas such as first aid, chainsaw and rhododendron control. More details coming soon!
|Added: 19 Jun 2013|
|Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) issued KCFC with a licence to extract a number of mixed conifers within a 16 hectare area of the forest. Felling started in May and will continue throughout the summer. This will enable us to build a vital access road into the forest to harvest timber, build a timber processing yard, and develop our wood fuel business. It will also allow us to create a network of woodland walking and cycle routes. We also plan to increase the amount of native broadleaves within the 16 hectare site, to increase biodiversity and visitor enjoyment.|
Felling is a necessary part of effective woodland management, to harvest mature trees and restock selected sites to allow for natural regrowth. For any further information, please get in touch. We apologise for any disruption caused during this time.
| ||KCFC on BBC Radio Scotland!|
|Added: 26 Apr 2013|
|Listen to our Development Officer, Eamon King, on the BBC’s ’Out of Doors’, discussing how the community forest project is attempting to wean itself off grants and become almost entirely self-funding. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rwyyt|
| ||KCFC secures Awards for All Scotland funding to deliver new recreational facilities|
|Added: 27 Feb 2013|
|To establish a centre of learning within the forest and encourage community involvement |
We’re delighted to announce we have been awarded £10,000 from Awards For All Scotland to help deliver new recreational facilities and provide forest education activities, within a seven hectare area of the forest. The money received will ultimately go towards establishing a real community resource, where people of all ages and from all parts of the community can exercise, relax, learn and celebrate, such as running educational woodland workshops with local primary school children.
Local volunteers have already given up their time generously to creating a pathway into the forest, in order to clear space for the next stage of development, for which the funding will be used. This will be to develop new trails, create more pedestrian access points into the forest, erect squirrel and bird boxes, provide new picnic areas, create new information and display boards, install a bicycle rack, and improve and increase public car parking facilities.
We would like to thank Awards for All Scotland for their kind support. To celebrate the completion of the work, we will be holding an official open day event this summer, where we will be showcasing our new recreational area, and demonstrating valuable woodland skills. Keep an eye out for developments!
If you have any queries please get in touch.
| ||Three new staff at KCF!|
|Added: 14 Feb 2013|
|New Forest Operations Manager, Forest Operations Administrator and Forest Operations Worker |
Over the coming months, Jamie Chaplin-Brice, Nikki Woolf and Colin Willment will be busy developing plans for exciting projects, including building a timber processing yard and a forest & garden retail outlet. Monitor our news section for latest developments!
One of our key aims is to create local jobs and encourage people to live and work in the area; we’re delighted to be able to do this. Roll on 2013!
|Phase three lift off|
|Added: 26 Sep 2012|
| We’re about to enter an exciting new phase in our development thanks to funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and LEADER. |
The money will support a one-year ‘Phase 3 Development Project’ that aims to increase our income-generating capacity by establishing a timber processing yard and garden retail outlet. In addition, the project will build 500 metres of vital access road into the forest and will create three new jobs. HIE and LEADER are both contributing £79,100 to the project and we’re contributing £23,280.
The road is a key development, as it will provide an ‘artery’ into the forest. It will enable us to start harvesting a number of stands of timber to raise money. It also means that other planned recreational projects, such as walking and cycling trails through the forest, can be progressed more easily over the coming years.
The timber processing yard, with an industrial-grade milling machine, will allow us to deliver a professional timber supply and delivery service to the local area and beyond - a valuable new income stream for us and a great service for local people too. The garden retail outlet will sell a small range of essential garden and forest products, including seasoned fuel wood from the forest.
We will be recruiting a Forest Resource Manager, a Forest Resource Worker and a Forest Resource Administrator to deliver this project. The posts will be advertised over the coming months, so keep an eye on our website and the local press.
If you have any questions about the project, please get in touch.
|New Caledonian Woodlands|
|Added: 19 Sep 2012|
| Twelve volunteers from the charity New Caledonian Woodlands spent last weekend helping to develop a network of short paths through the forest. They worked with local volunteers, who have been working on the project for several months. |
The group achieved a huge amount and even managed to extend a path right up the Alt Mhor burn to a waterfall that has been inaccessible for years.
It’s not the first time that New Caledonian Woodlands have given their support to KCFC. Last year they helped to build to the path from Tighnabruaich Primary School up to the forest.
A huge thank you from everyone at KCFC!
|Blazing a trail|
|Added: 19 Sep 2012|
| A huge thanks to our band of trusty volunteers who have been working away – come rain or shine – to develop a network of short paths in the forest for local people to use. |
Starting at the carpark, the paths wind through mixed woodland to the Allt Mor burn. The volunteers have been meeting on a Tuesday afternoon, blazing a trail through the woods, removing fallen tree trunks and marking out the way.
The project was given a huge boost over the weekend when a group of 12 volunteers from New Caledonian Woodlands came to help. They camped in the forest and worked for two days, extending a path right up to a truly fantastic waterfall that’s fed by the old Victorian reservoir that used to supply the village.
There’s still a lot of work to be done on the path network, but do feel free to come up and explore the paths and have a look at the waterfall (although you will need sturdy boots!). It’s a beautiful spot that was previously inaccessible.
The long-term plan is to provide tables and benches in a clearing by the waterfall where people can picnic. There are many native trees, including birch, oak and rowan, as well as pine, and the woodland is rich in wildlife.
If you would like to get involved in the path project, you would be very welcome. Email email@example.com or just turn up on Tuesday afternoons.
|Added: 27 Aug 2012|
|We’re delighted to welcome three new directors to our Board. Willie McAllan, Rob Borruso and Steve Williamson all bring a wealth of skills and experience with them, as well as bags of enthusiasm. |
We would also like to say thank you to Stuart Jack and Penny Graham-Weall, both of whom recently stood down, for all their hard work over the years. Stuart, who served as Chair, gave an enormous amount of time and energy to the project and achieved a huge amount. Penny’s marketing input and passion for community development has been invaluable. We will miss them both.
We now have seven board members, but we’re always looking for enthusiastic people to join us. We’re particularly keen to get a few more women on the board, so please do get in touch if you’re interested to find out more.
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|Compost facility open for business|
|Added: 18 Aug 2012|
| You can now compost your garden waste, easily, safely and for FREE thanks to our exciting new community compost facility that has just been opened. |
The facility is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm- 6pm and on Sundays from 12 -4pm. It is a state-of-the art facility constructed with timber from the forest, providing a drop-off area, turning point, hot-boxes and maturation area.
We’re delighted to announce that we have appointed a compost officer, Craig Blair, who will be on hand during opening hours to help people unload their garden waste and answer any questions about composting and the facility. He will be happy to receive: grass cuttings, leaves, foliage, branches, hedge trimming.
Also, as winter approaches, we have seasoned logs and kindling for sale (collection only). These can be bought from Craig during the compost facility opening hours.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01700 811159 or pop up and see Craig during the opening hours.
|Volunteer afternoon launched|
|Added: 13 Jul 2012|
|We now have a volunteer group which meets every Tuesday afternoon. They will be creating footpaths, making picnic and bench areas as well as any other jobs that come up. If you would like to join us you would be very welcome! Work has already begun on developing a short circular path, perfect for dog walking and those wanting a short stroll. Last week volunteers blazed a trail through the lower woodland removing fallen tree trunks. Next Tuesday there are plans to tidy up the entrance and burn the brash on a big bonfire.|
Please call Andrew Graham-Weall on 01700 811681 for more information.
|Part-time composter required|
|Added: 13 Jul 2012|
|If you are fit, friendly, reliable and have a few spare hours a week, we have just the job for you. You’ll man our community compost facility, accept deliveries of organic and garden waste for composting and manage and process the compost. Full training will be provided.|
This is a temporary, part time (4 hrs per week) post with future possibilities.
If you’re interested please email to email@example.com or send a short letter to Kilfinan Community Forest, Tighnabruaich, Argyll PA21 2BD by Monday 23 July.
|Outdoor plots ready to grow|
|Added: 16 May 2012|
|Members of Kyles Allotment Group are now planting outdoors as well as indoors. Over the winter, the forest development team terraced an area of land and built outdoor raised beds to complement the indoor ones. After a few Saturday morning volunteer work parties, the beds are now filled with soil and members are busy planting them with parsnips, cauliflower and other vegetables that thrive outdoors. Members also planted a huge communal tattie plot. |
|Seeking new Directors|
|Added: 04 May 2012|
|Kilfinan Community Forest is looking for new Directors to join its board. If you’re enthusiastic, motivated and passionate about your local community, we’d love to hear from you. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and help shape the future of this vital community resource.|
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Andrew on 01700 811681 or David on 01700 811809.
|The Producers Markets are back!|
|Added: 14 Apr 2012|
|Winter is behind us, the growing season is in full swing and we’re delighted to announce that the ever-popular Producers Markets are back. And this year they’ll be run entirely by Kyles Allotment Group (KAG) volunteers. |
The Producers Markets take place in the Kames Rec Hall and are a great way to meet local producers and sample their delicious food. KAG will also be selling its surplus veg. Coffee, tea, cakes and soup will be served in the pop-up cafe.
The first market takes place on Saturday 5th May and the second on Saturday 9 June.
If you’re a local producer or craftperson and would like to hold a stall at the markets, please email email@example.com.
|KCFC Charity Calendar - special SALE price!|
|Added: 19 Jan 2012|
You can still get hold pf our lovely 2012 calender - chock full of beautiful images, crammed with seasonal planting tips and now for the bargain price of £3.50!
Grab yourself a beautiful, last minute bargain. A great gift for someone or a useful addition for the office or kitchen. All proceeds go to KCF.
|Cowal Car Share|
|Added: 11 Jan 2012|
|Don’t forget to check out our dedicated Car Sharing website - www.cowalcarshare.com. Signing up is EASY and FREE so why not hop over and join to-day - save money, save carbon and make new friends!|
|We’re on YouTube!|
|Added: 30 Aug 2011|
|For those of you with good broadband connection, check out our recent community event “From Tree to Table” by clicking on the link below! You never know, you might spot yourself!!|
|Tighnabruaich School Path Project|
|Added: 30 Aug 2011|
|Work will be starting very soon on the link path from the back road to the back of the school, which will then continue into the community forest. Once the felling license has been received then the trees shading the school playground and polytunnel will be removed and a safe path for the kids created to get to school.|
|Our New Development Officer|
|Added: 18 Jul 2011|
|KCFC are delighted to welcome Eamon King as their new Development Officer. With a wealth of experience in environmental projects and a passion for all things green, Eamon will be enabling KCF to develop strategies for a sustainable future and maximise the potential that the forest has for providing jobs, homes, recreation, educational experiences and facilities. Eamon said ’Im delighted to be part of such an innovative project and I hope that my time in the post will bring strength to the future of this community forest’. |
Eamon is based at the Project Office in the Community Forest, so if youre up in the forest feel free to pop in and have a chat. Eamon can also be contacted on 01700 811205 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eamons post is funded for two years by LEADER and H.I.E. and KCFC gratefully acknowledge their support for this key post.