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Gala Afternoon Teas at Home – Saturday June 12th 2021

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Do you have a neighbour, friend or relative who is elderly, lonely or in poor health? If so please let us know! We have a Gala Day treat planned for them!

On Gala Day, while the Gala Committee are arranging their Gala Day Treat Bags for Mini Garden Galas to village children, Cambusbarron Village Nursery will be out and about delivering special Gala Afternoon Tea Goody Bags around Cambusbarron. Our goody bags will consist of a fantastic afternoon tea (made by our very own Michael More) and some little treats made by CVN children. We want to deliver a bag to as many Cambusbarron residents whose lives have been made more difficult because of pandemic restrictions as we can. So, please tell us about any neighbours, friends and/or relatives who might welcome a wee treat. There are several ways to get in touch:

You can email us with information at jane@CambusbarronVillageNursery.com or

you can write the information down and either pop it in one of our boxes available at the Library or in Devine Hair or in an envelope to us (please mark it CVN Afternoon Teas) at the Community Centre (it can be posted in our mail box at the left hand side of the front door if the centre is closed) or fill in the online form

CVN is very grateful for support received from Foundation Scotland and Cambusbarron Community Council which makes this project possible.

Developing our site

We have now submitted a funding application to Foundation Scotland (Cambusbarron Community Fund) and have our fingers and toes crossed that it will be successful. This would allow us to complete some initial groundwork on our site (survey the trees and ground conditions) and also allow us to commission an architect to produce some initial drawings for the nursery building. Exciting!!

We’ve also begun developing a space within the Walled Garden and have planted 15 fruit trees (apples, pear, plums and cherries). We are now working on a raised bed and, when the unseasonal but Scottish cold and wintry May weather leaves, we will be sowing some seeds and planting out some vegetables (we have courgettes, pumpkins and sunflowers ready and waiting).

We are a #ForceForNature

We celebrated Earth Day this week in the woods – what better place??
We have been fortunate to have received fruit trees from The Tree Council and today we planted them in the orchard area of the Walled Garden Gillies Hill Community Woodland. Our children are looking forward to harvesting apples, pears, cherries and plums! It was a lot of hard work with some very exciting finds (worms, bees, butterflies, frogs). Our children are indeed a #ForceForNature

Toads in the Castle Pond

What an exciting visit to the castle pond today. Amos had called to say it was Toad City up there so we just had to rush up to see what he was talking about. We were thrilled to see so many toads and even an occasional frog. We learned so much about toads : male toads are much smaller than the females, toads come back to mate in the same place every year (dont like to think how many toads will be in the pond next year!!!), toad spawn is fertilised after it is laid and toads are rough and lumpy but frogs are smooth and much more slippery.

Tree Labelling on our Woodland Site

We had an important job to do today in the woods, and, for the adults, a significant one. Today, we labelled the trees on our site so they could be points of reference for future work. This was the first proper marking of our site, and although there is a long, long way to go, we now have a visible and obvious mark of our intent. The children chose to label their favourite climbing tree number 1 (technically it is 0001) and then worked with great perseverance and dedication to label other surrounding trees. It was so fitting that our children could not only take part but lead in this big step towards developing our woodland nursery.

Cambusbarron Gala Day Afternoon Teas

Cambusbarron Gala Day 2021 will need be different because of COVID restrictions. We hope however that our community will still be able to come a little closer together, at least in spirit, as we all celebrate the day. While the Gala committee is working hard to make Gala day a success for our children, the children and staff at Cambusbarron Village Nursery are focussing on the older population! To make sure this section of the community can join in the celebration CVN would like to deliver a Gala Afternoon Tea to all the elderly and vulnerable residents of Cambusbarron. We need your help to identify these people. So, if you know of someone who would appreciate this gift please provide their details here or email us at Jane@CambusbarronVillageNursery.com for more information.

Birch Tapping

We spent this morning in Gillies Hill Community Woodland tapping birch trees and harvesting birch sap with Amos. This was a fantastic opportunity for our children to learn about the changes spring brings to the woods and also to understand more about different types of trees and how to identify birch trees by their distinctive silvery white bark. Amos showed us how he drilled a small hole in the tree to let the sap come out and we watched as it started to drip. The children were so excited that they wanted to try catching the sap on their tongues and told us it tasted amazing!
We learned that birch trees are better at producing sap than most other trees as we tried tapping a willow tree and found that it didnt drip at all. We tied milk cartons to the birch trees to catch the sap and when we checked later it was nearly half full.
Thanks for a great day Amos 😊