Saturday, 14 October 2017

Autumnal tidy-up day

 Just to let you know that we'll be holding a wee apple pressing and first autumnal tidy-up day up at Auchinlee garden this Tuesday, 17 October, from 10am till about 4pm.  There will be a big pot of vegetable soup on the go for lunch, so even if you're busy that day do come for lunch! Would be lovely to see you all (and anyone you might like to bring, just let us know).


 Committee meetings. It was agreed at the last meeting to meet on the first Thursday of each month from now on. The next meeting will therefore be held on Thursday, 2nd November at 12 noon, Auchinlee site.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Exciting times

We recently welcomed several new trustees we will publish their profiles in due course.
Last month we had a productive meeting exploring Permaculture as way of developing the new garden. The site has not been under the plough for many years. New possible links with other community gardens are also being explored.

The support of local businesses and people is needed as we prepare and develop the community garden plans for the new site. Offer practical help now, exercise your intellect as a trustee, or donate time or manpower. The charity needs funding too. You can make a difference and really help drive the change. email us now .


Monday, 26 June 2017

For Sale

We have rhubarb, gooseberries, strawberry plants, and tomato plants for sale now.  Come and see us soon.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Yes - a NEW Garden

A few days ago the KEG trustees were unexpectedly offered the use of a privately owned substantial walled but overgrown field, in which to establish a new garden.

At a meeting on Friday 12 May it was decided to try to re-site and create a completely new Community Garden. This will be a large and varied task and the challenge needs to be accomplished with alacrity.

It is absolutely vital that new voluntary trustees come forward if this undertaking is to become a reality. In addition to the basic treasurer, secretary, chairperson and ordinary member roles there is a pressing necessity for, a logistics & support team and a fundraising subcommittee of at least three.
Other than the need to follow to the charity's stated objectives, the way in which the new Community Garden model develops and runs has yet to be decided .

This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved right from the start.

Contact : email campbeltowngardeners@gmail.com

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

New site for a new community garden

We are very excited about the incredible site that has been offered for a New Community Garden.
We need a new volunteer network of green-fingered folk & handy people as well as organisers to manage and implement new ideas for a New Community Garden.
Can you help ? Email: campbeltowngardeners@gmail.com


Friday, 10 March 2017

Your views and participation matter.

By the end of the month we will know what is happening to Auchinlee Care Home. We hope it will be safe for another year, but... that does not mean the Community Garden will be safe... If you have enjoyed visiting the garden, its produce, its open days and events and want to see it continue, we need your help. Tell us what you can offer. We have some ideas but We Want YOU to TELL US how you would like to use the garden in the future by emailing us today at campbeltowngardeners@gmail.com. Or... Come up and visit and tell us in person.

The CCOG.org.uk website

Due to management difficulties, the above website has been taken down. Find out all about Campbeltown Community Orchard and Garden and follow our progress at Campbeltowngardeners.blogspot.co.uk. We will establish the URL Campbeltowngardeners.org.uk any day now. We need volunteers to keep and 'grow' the garden. Tell us what you can offer by way of garden work, planning, fundraising, I.T.skills. If you want to see the Community Garden continue, whether on its present site or a new site get in touch now. Email us at campbeltowngardeners@gmail.com or click on the link.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Future Direction?

The Campbeltown Community Orchard & Garden (CCOG) which has been based in the grounds of Auchinlee since 2000, may have to be dismantled and closed due to the uncertain future facing the Care Home.


The Kintyre Environmental Group (KEG) is the local charity who manage the Community Garden on behalf of the people of Kintyre. The volunteer Trustees are seeking the views of the local community as to whether they are willing to support continuing the Campbeltown Community Orchard and Garden, whether it remains at Auchinlee or at a new location should this site be sold off.


For those who are unfamiliar with the history, it was established behind Auchinlee 18 years ago within the grounds of the old walled garden. It was originally designed with the help of the Beechgrove Garden and featured on TV back in 2000.


In 2007 the garden was taken under the wing of a dynamic and visionary man, Mr Dave Pearson who became the garden’s champion over the next 5 years. Dave and his wife Trish worked tirelessly, doing everything from being the Chair and Secretary of KEG Board, organising numerous open days and submitting endless funding bids to further develop the garden and create much needed employment.


Over the years Dave and the KEG Board introduced and built several new inspiring areas of interest for the local people & children to enjoy. The innovative Nature Watch Garden & Hide which uses spy technology to see inside bird/bee/butterfly nesting boxes and feeding stations, viewed on the TV in the comfort of the Hide. There is also a motion activated video recorder to capture footage of any wildlife when the garden is unoccupied.


Other features at the garden include the Children’s Play area, Fish Pond & Nature Haven, made by the Dalintober Primary School Pupils, Bug Hotels and Sensory Garden,


In 2009, with the permission from the Church of Scotland, KEG undertook its most ambitious project to date, expanding beyond the walled garden into the field above to create a Market Garden, with the intention of starting a Community Enterprise that could sell fresh produce to cover its own running costs and reduce the organization’s dependency on grants.


The poly-tunnels, orchard and soft fruit areas provide low maintenance continuous crops, berries and fruits, almost all year round and will do for many years to come.


In 2011 Dave Pearson won the Volunteer of the Year Award and the Campbeltown Community Orchard & Garden won the Organization of the Year. Sadly we lost Dave on his 65th Birthday in 2012.


The financial difficulties facing Auchinlee Care Home and CrossReach, the current operator of the facility, has seriously jeopardized the future of the Campbeltown Community Orchard & Garden putting it at serious risk of closure or, worse still, under threat of being cleared completely from the two established sites.


It is this plight which has prompted the 4 remaining Directors of KEG to make a plea to everyone in the community to ask you to show your support for the KEG Board and the continued existence of a Community Garden in Campbeltown, either at Auchinlee or possibly at a new site, should the worst case scenario arise.


In order to gauge the level of support that exists within the community, we are appealing to anyone who believes we should find a way forward to save the Campbeltown Community Orchard & Garden, either at it’s present location or, if forced to relocate, at a new site, to please contact us directly either by phone on 07825 613683, email us at campbeltowngardeners@gmail.com or in person at the garden between 9am -1pm, every weekday except Wednesday.


Everyone is very welcome, however we are particularly looking for new directors to strengthen our board, and anyone with expertise in fundraising, (also expertise in social media, using nature spy ware technology, setting up alternative energy sources, solar, wind, hydro etc, upcycling and garden makeovers, plus any other suggestion you may wish to make) would be most welcome.


THIS IS AN URGENT SITUATION which we hope will be resolved one way or the other by the end of March 2017. We believe we would have a 3 month grace period to put contingency plans into action should our worst fear become reality. This would give us to July 2017 at the latest to clear all the CCOG infrastructure and property from the grounds of Auchinlee.


This uncertain situation has caused us to put some operations on hold until we can be assured of our continued viability, as a Community Garden. At the moment we are operating with no staff and are reliant on 3 of the board members to volunteer their time 4 days a week, to honour our commitment to the 3 trainees currently on placement at the garden, until June 2017. We also have a small, dependable and much valued group of volunteers giving practical help in the garden on a regular basis.


We are determined to carry on as normal and have already started planning and sowing for this years growing season. We have huge poly-tunnels which provide a fantastic dry, sheltered, undercover area to work in. There are numerous raised beds and container options for planting and we have a trained Gardener available each day to demonstrate and advise anyone wishing to try gardening for the first time. We are extremely family friendly and intend to offer a range of workshops in the spring, for all ages, starting with the very young right through to people of retirement age.


The garden has baby changing facilities and reasonable access via Bellfield Lane and facilities suitable for all abilities, including people with minor mobility difficulties, provided they enter from the top of the garden via Bellfield Lane between Airdaluinn & Ardmore on High Askomil, follow road to top and turn right to the car park at the end of the road.


If on foot, you can use Auchinlee’s entrance on High Askomil which leads up to the lower half of the Community garden. This is a much more physically challenging approach to the garden as it is up hill and gets steeper towards the top.


The garden has limitless opportunities to offer everyone, from bird watching, making furniture from recycled materials, producing kids sofas and bucket gardening, to learning how to grow food from kitchen scraps and a much more.


Finally the most remarkable feature of the community garden is the spectacular vantage point it has looking over the loch, town and beyond. There are lots of seating areas to maximize the comfort and enjoyment of this amazing place, open to everyone in the community. Please come up and see for yourself, it really is a case of use it before we lose it.

Facebook & Twitter linked

Now we've added links so that new blog posts on this website will go to our Facebook and Twitter pages.  Please note also our new email address for the project.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

New web site!

Yippee!

This is the new website for Campbeltown Community Orchard & Garden. Come back soon to see how we're progressing.