Friday, 2 October 2015

Get Healthy - jobs for October

Jobs to be getting on with in October so get out and get healthy! Create a compost bin for collecting fallen leaves and dead plant material, then get raking collecting leaves up for making leaf mould. A great work out if you put your back into it! Sweep up debris and fallen leaves that harbour overwintering fungal spores and hiding places for slugs and snails.

Imagine how nice and tidy your garden is going to look at the start of the winter and you will soak up some vitamin D working outdoors in the warm autumn sun! Or just leave it wild for the wildlife to enjoy!

Check stored onions and garlic and remove any rotting bulbs, the neck of the bulb is usually the first area to rot. Try using onion bags to improve air flow. Check stored potatoes and remove any that are rotting. Use hessian sacks to store your potatoes as this will allow the crop to breathe.

It’s time to harvest your squashes while they are still smallish and tasty, wrap the outer leaves around the cauliflower heads to protect them from frosts and plant some garlic ready for the spring.

It’s a lovely time of year to be out in your garden so go on, get your wellies on and get stuck in!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Zero Waste Heroes

We are very happy and excited to announce our involvement in a great new project happening right here in South Kintyre. Zero Waste Heroes was launched by Inspiralba and partners including; Campbeltown Community Orchard and Garden, Kintyre Recycling, Shopper Aide and the South Kintyre Development Trust. The project is funded by Zero Waste Scotland to help reduce waste and maximise resources in South Kintyre.

The project will be recruiting and training volunteers with the aim to:
  • Reduce food waste.
  • Extend products life cycle (through repair and upcycling).
  • Promote recycling and increase recycling participation.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to develop skills in up cycling of furniture and textiles, assist in promoting ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ as well as Recycling, through a range of activities and events. To help people reduce the amount of food waste and therefore save money, they will organise cookery demonstrations, tasters and awareness raising activities as well as supporting projects which facilitate the sharing of knowledge between generations. They aim to work with the whole community (individuals, local schools, community groups, organisations as well as local businesses) and are open to your ideas for the best ways to reduce waste in South Kintyre.


Whatever your skills, they would welcome your input and the project offers a range of opportunities to develop new skills and share your skills through training and networking. To get involved, contact Catherine on 07584 032401 or email

They also have a shop opening very soon at: 67 Longrow Campbeltown PA28 6HB. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 1.30pm.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Open Sunday

The CCOG team were delighted by the turn out of volunteers at our first ever Sunday open afternoon. New and old faces joined our working party and managed to clear all the lower beds, the strawberry rows and make a big difference with the weeds in the rhubarb patch. All this was done while the sun shone, although it wasn’t particularly warm, the physical work kept the cold wind at bay!

The children enjoyed some craft work then played happily in the sand pit and play house and the delicious cup cakes! It was decided to change the open days from a Saturday to a Sunday after we clashed with so many other events in the town last year.