Whilst the Going is Good!
Motivation is good and community spirits high after another successful Carve.
So we decided to celebrate and use the September weekend for another event.
Foster a Fruit Tree was conceived.
Foster a Fruit Tree
The following Businesses and Volunteer Organisations participated in planting named heritage varieties of Apples and Plums
Carrbridge Artists Studio, Riverside Bowling Club. Stephen Blair Tree and Ground works, Cairn Hotel, Cairngorm Gin, Carrbridge Village Hall, Carrbridge Golf Club, Carrbridge Church, Carrbridge Ahead, Ewan Buxton Joinery, Carrbridge Friday Club, Doug Edwards, The Taylor Family
14 trees were planted plus 3 damsons and 3 plum ( Czar and Victoria), one from a graft of a tree over 100 yrs old at Viewfield Farmhouse
Apple Varieties included, Beauty of Moray, Fiesta, Paradice Gold, Lobo, Ribston Pippin, Mrs Phillimore, Otava, Meridian, Violette, joining those planted in June by the school
A chance conversation with our local wood merchant at Carve Carrbridge identified a source of uncomposted bark which could be used for paths between the raised beds. This ontop of cardboard is gradually replacing the carpets which have done an excellent job and the bark is idea to level out the bumps in the ground.
Peeling back the carpets
Weeding and mulching
Plants and Planting
The Herb bed is making great progress planting some herbs that we already had and some grown from seed. This includes Bronze fennel, dill, thyme, marjoram, oregano, parsley and feverfew. Some picking has taken place by locals and campervan visitors alike.
The Apple Trees
These are thriving and we have some developing apples.
Adjustments to the Burnside row, weeding and additional mulching was carried out by Carrbridge Primary School eco project pupils with mini spades and forks bought for that purpose
Legals and Financials
The Asset Transfer continues to be a work in progress and we met with the Ward Manager and Council's Growing Officer to discuss our progress and the community benefit. We were encouraged to applying for funding through the Community Regeneration fund which is a 2 stage process administered by The Highland Council. We value the continued support from Carrbridge Ahead in pursuing this and arranging legal representation for when the time comes.
Fridays between 2 and 4pm remained a focal point in our week to pick up litter, spot weed Dock, throw a few stones in the burn, and prepare for next phases.
Additional impromptu sessions were held to suit availability.
Informal meetings have taken place and online discussions due to annual leave