SNH funding secured: March 13
Fruit tree pruning course: 10 March 13We held was a well attended training day on how to prune fruit trees, run by "The apple man" the guy that we buy our fruit trees from.
Burns Supper: 26 January 13Our advice was not to miss the legendary Burns Supper and once again our sound guidance was heeded by the people of Portmoak: it was another sell out success. As usual, the poor haggis had a rough time of it, being spread to the four winds, and the four walls, the ceiling and the floor by our local medical practitioner, who's good at that sort of thing.
PYO Christmas tree: 16 December 12Christmas is too commercialised - but that didn't stop us have having a pick-your-own christmas tree fund raising event on 16 December 2012. Big turn out, lots of trees taken and donations made. Many people never got any further than the mulled wine table.
Boginar: 16 November 12In order to prepare for the next management plan, we are organising a Boginar on 16 November 2012. A number of experts in various aspects of the restoration, management and development of bogs and mosses will gather to discuss options for Portmoak Moss. Topics include biodiversity, habitat, ecology, hydrology and community engagement. The agenda is here and the final report is here.
2009 - 2012We're alive and well and still busy. Too busy in fact to keep the website up to date - sorry about that. Big things have included buying the plot of land on Bishop Hill just above the Kirk and doing a lot of planting. In addition to native trees we have created a large community orchard which includes many apple trees, cherries, plums and pears. And of course, every year has started off with the legendary Burns Supper. Pieces of haggis everywhere.
Burns Supper: January 09Another haggis, another sticky end.
Sponsorship: December 2008
And yet again... Once more ExxonMobil generously provided a grant under their Volunteer Involvement Programme to help our activities.
Lunatics in charge of the asylum: Nov 09
In order to help to buy the new piece of woodland, we put in just about our entire bank balance. We needed to raise some more money fast, but nobody but a mad person would gives us a donation. No problem - this is Portmoak and if there's one thing that we've got plenty of...
So it was Sing-Along-A-Sound-Of-Music.
The empire expands: October 08
We have now bought more land for planting trees. This is the field that runs from the Scotlandwell access to Bishop Hill - you know the one, it's got the styles. The Woodland Trust have raised enough funds to cover acquisition and costs for basic access works, tree planting and maintenance over the first five years. The purchase was finalised on 31 October 2008. The actual design of the woodland and access to it will have a large input from the local community and there will be publicity about this early in the new year - watch this space for details. We expect tree planting will take place in 2009 at the earliest. This land is oor land!
Burns Supper: January 08It was the usual full house, with the haggis once again being dispatched by Dr Carr. The poor wee thing never stood a chance and we expect to be picking bits of it out of the cracks in the woodwork for several months yet. It was led to its final execution by Ms Carruthers who was got up in various items of black and white tat in lieu of proper Poozie Nancy attire. The bagpipes of Cameron McArthur muffled its last cries and Fifi Cooper undertook the Selkirk Grace in its honour.
The Immortal Memory was by Lesley Riddoch - that's right - the wee lassie who's on the telly - and John Williams in his address to the lassies went into detail about hurdies and distant hills. Wendy MacPhedran's reply was pretty cutting about the attributes of the local chaps, but since that included the webmaster there won't be any more details. Mike McGinness had the short straw of doing Mosses, Waters, Staps and Styles, which is the bit where everyone gets telt what the Portmoak Steering Team pretend to do when they have their meetings in the pub. He went into bog snorkeling in great depth (geddit). For those who didn't receive sufficient detail, an impenetrable graph is provided elsewhere.
This year the Portmoak Haydn Players became the Portmoak Portmoak players - they gave us some Burns songs played to their own new orchestrations. The offenders were Jo Falla, as usual caterwauling in public, and barely drowned out by Irene Barnes, Krys Hawryszczuk and Mairie Leggatt, puffing, blowing and plunking respectively. Further musical entertainment was by Gerry Marshall, plucking and wailing.
Then there were the poems. The Burns Police will have noticed that there wasn't a single legit one. Elaine Carruthers got stuck into Kate O'Shanter and Jeff Gunnell, showing great sympathy towards Mr and Mrs Batchelor's recent traumatic battle with nature, gave us 'Frae a Mouse'. You get that next, but not before we lay the blame for the whole ghastly event firmly at the the door of Dave Batchelor who was the Chairman and overall mastermind.
Sponsorship: December 2007
And again... ExxonMobil generously provided yet another grant under their Volunteer Involvement Programme to assists with our activities.
Burns Supper: January 07: press report by Margaret Crighton
It was a full
house'in Portmoak Hall on January 27 for the annual Bums Supper organised by
Portmoak Community Woodland Group. For the first time, dapper Dave (Batchelor)
gave up his chairman's seat to a lady, Elaine Carruthers, who warmly welcomed
everyone. Cameron McArthur started off the evening by piping in the haggis
which was carried in by Elaine's younger daughter Louise, dressed as Poosie
Nancy. Young Jack McDonnell confidently gave the Selkirk Grace then Dr Bill Carr
addressed the haggis and in his swashbuckling way, while wielding his claymore,
broke the plate! The Immortal Memory was given with great clarity, enthusiasm
and knowledge by Lenny Herd, who is an ex-president of the Paisley Burns
Society. He is a good friend of
Sponsorship: December 2006
ExxonMobil generously provided a grant under their Volunteer Involvement Programme to assists with our runniing costs.
Management Plan for Kilmagad Wood: 16 November 2006
The draft Management Plan for Kilmagad Wood was discussed. Key document are below.
Woodland and Craft Event at Portmoak Moss: 7 October 2006
Event to help the Woodland Trust Scotland and the Portmoak Community Woodland Group to restore the raised bog at Portmoak Moss. Young birch trees were removed. A trained craftsman demonstrated techniques for making tools and jewellery from wood. One delighted member was able to make the perfect present for his wife: a broomstick.
Kinross Show: 12 August 2006
As usual, we were at the Kinross show. As a little fund-raiser we were able to sell some trees which we had taken from the Moss the previous week.
Biodiversity day: 18 March 2006
In March 2006 we ran a biodiversity day, supported by funds from the Scottish Executive Biodiversity Action Grant Scheme. Here's what went on, along with some of the presentations.
Sponsorship: December 2005
ExxonMobil generously provided a grant under their Volunteer Involvement Programme to assists with the costs of producing our 2006 Portmoak Community Woodland calendar.