success from the Boginar! As a result of the ideas generated and the
connections made we have secured a significant piece of funding from
Scottish Natural Heritage to improve the dams, inhibit unwanted birch
regeneration and develop a more detailed management plan. Work is
underway. The quote of the Boginar was "It's not rocket science: just
dam the ditches and control the scrub". If we can do that then we'll
have restored a first class raised peat bog and we think that we are
getting close. The full Boginar report is available under Ecology.
The community orchard is coming on well - already last year it produced
one apple which was harvested (scrumped) by an unknown member of the
community. Well, that's what it's there for. On the 10 March 2013 there
was a well attended training day on how to prune fruit trees.
Our advice was not to miss the legendary Burns Supper on 26
January 2013 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.
In order to prepare for the next management plan, we organised a Boginar on 16 November 2012: see Events + News
for the pre-meeting details to get an idea of what went on. The event
was really well attended - there were 35 participants including a
mixture of technical experts, local councillors, community councillors
and the community at large. It was a highly interactive meeting with a
great deal of discussion and exchange of ideas, knowledge and
experience. We are now working on producing a report on the meeting
which will help to inform the development of the next management plan.
Moss viewed from Kilmagad Wood, with Loch Leven and Benarty Hill in the
views, delightful walking and an ambitious project to restore a commercial
plantation to a raised peat bog.
at Scotlandwell, near to Kinross and the M90, about midway between the Forth Road Bridge and