Great to be at Cambusbarron Gala Day and see so many of our children having so much fun despite the rain. That said CVN children are very used to having great fun in all weathers! It was also lovely to get a chance to speak to children and parents who will be starting with us after the summer and also to meet prospective new families. We are so lucky to be part of such a vibrant community.
We’re developing our ideas for our new nursery building in Gillies Hill Community Woodland and wanting to get some ideas and suggestions from the wider community. We’d really like to hear from you about experiences, ideas and suggestions on how to make sure our building is ethically and sustainably built. Please take some time to give us your ideas via this google form.
We are thrilled and delighted to learn that the National Lottery Community Fund has awarded us £10000! This money will help fund the next stage of our project to develop our new nursery building in Gillies Hill Community Woodland.
If you haven’t heard about our plans or want to find our more, check out the pages on our website and/or follow our new dedicated Instagram @CVNintheWoods.
We always welcome comments and feedback so you can do that too via our feedback link. If you prefer a less technological method, give us a call on 01786 430497 or, better still, stop by and have a chat. We’re always delighted to discuss our plans. If you spot us when you’re up in the woods we can even show you some of the things we get up to!
You can support our project financially too, see “Support Us”.
We received funding last year from Falck Renewables to allow us to begin the development of our new nursery in Gillies Hill Community Woodland. We also won the Falck Renewables Recovery for a Resilient Sustainable Future Competition. As part of the funding process we were interviewed by Falck and asked about what we do in the woods and about our plans for the future.
We were very interested in the monster truck harvester in the woods today. It’s job is to fell trees and it has already cut down some to make a path along to the walled garden. It has enormous wheels and makes very deep and muddy tracks. We helped Amos mark out an alternative path to the muddy one so people walking can keep out the truck’s way. Look out for our colourful ribbons!!
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 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.
We have now received the final version of our Feasibility Study into developing our nursery in the woods. The report was compiled on our behalf by Community Enterprise and was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Read the full report here :