FERNAIG TRUST NEWS
We are very pleased to report that construction work on the new Achmore-Braeintra footpath is complete. There are one or two small jobs still to be done, but overall it is finished. We are delighted with the end result, and have to congratulate the contractors Highland Conservation who have worked to a very high standard through some dreadful autumn and winter weather and produced something which we can all be very proud of. It’s great to see so many people out walking, cycling and even jogging and as spring arrives hope it will become even busier. An ‘opening’ event will take place once we are guaranteed better weather, and everyone will be invited to attend that. Watch this space.
In December we submitted an application to the Woodland Trust for their ‘community trees’ scheme and have been awarded 420 saplings for planning on Trust land. This will be a mixture of rowan, silver birch, wild cherry, common oak, field maple and grey willow. The trees will be supplied as small saplings of up to 60cm, which should be easy to plant. Most will be planted in the section of the hayfield we have fenced off by the new path, others at the Braeintra end of the footpath, and the rest here and there. We expect to receive delivery around mid-March and would then like to organise a Tree Planting day, when volunteers of all ages will be invited to pull on their wellies and bring a spade to help. More information on that will be circulated once we have a firm date.
FIELD TO LET
Field 10 (at Braeintra) is available to rent from 1 April. More information is posted on the Hall Notice Board for anyone who may be interested, or contact Lizzie Bird (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Colin McAndrew (email@example.com) for details.
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The FCT now has a Facebook page
Having reboarded the outside of the Fernaig Trust's Old Forestry office in Achmore, we are looking for someone to paint the outside. If you are interested could you please send a quotation for the job to either
Lizzie (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
TheTrust have applied for a grant to put in a footpath through Trust Land for the benefit of local residents and visitors to the area. For further information please click here to read notes of an Open Meeting held in May to update local residents of the proposal. The application has now been submitted to the Scottish Rural Payments Scheme but result of our application will not be known until early 2017.
To see map of proposed footpath and further information click here
Strome Woods Paths Work
Saturday 8th November 2014
Many thanks to Sean, Hamish, Jack, Lizzie, Colin and Oscar the horse for all their hard work moving and mending paths in the woods with materials supplied by FCS
The Fernaig Community Trust are pleased to announce they are members of Community Land Scotland (CLS). CLS are an organisation which supports the activities of community based land owning groups such as the Trust.
The Trust have planted the first trees to form the Community Orchard
We have tried to get varieties that are hardy for the north & also disease resistant – canker is the main problem here.
The varieties are:
Early autumn dessert apples – Sept/Oct
KATJA ( KATY ) - M25 Known to do well here, ‘canker resistant’. Swedish cross between James Grieve & Worcester Permain.
JAMES GRIEVE - M25 Scottish origin.
Late autumn dessert apples – Oct - Dec
EGREMONT RUSSET - M25 ‘Disease resistant’, does well here, popular.
‘Spring’ dessert apples – ripen Dec/Jan & keep through to March
ISLE OF WIGHT PIPPIN - M26 ‘Very resistant to canker & mildew’
STURMER PIPPIN - M26 ‘Hardy’ ‘Good even on indifferent soils’
WHITE MELROSE - M26 Oct/Nov will keep til Feb. Scottish origin
REVEREND GREEVES - M26 keeps til March. Scottish origin.
LORD DERBY - M25 Oct- Dec ‘Popular variety especially in north & Scotland’ ‘excellent variety for cold and wet conditions’ ‘disease resistant’
(all on St Julien rootstocks, 1st year whips) We've gone for good flavour, later flowering (frost resistant) varieties, & disease resistance.
OULLIN'S GOLDEN GAGE
(Colt rootstock, 1st year whip)
LAPINS or Cherokee.
The initial plantings were apple trees and we will add to the Orchard with the other trees on order.
If anyone would like to contribute a tree, or trees, to the Orchard, please contact Kate (577214) Colin (577236) or Lizzie (577307) and we can make arrangements for either you to plant your tree/trees in the Orchard or we can plant it for you. Any fruit trees are welcome - the more the better!