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CJS Support Part Time Position at the Tree Nursery


Community Jobs Scotland has awarded a supported position, open to unemployed, vulnerable young (16-29 years old) people, to work at Little Assynt Tree Nursery.  The Community Tree Nursery Assistant is a 25 hrs a week position, for a 26 week period. To apply for the position contact Jobcentre Plus or a Skills Development Scotland advisor to access a CJS application form, quoting Job Number 4378. Details of the vacancy can be viewed at: http://jobs.scvo.org.uk/JobSearch/JobDetail?fid=a1Xb00000069kTGEAY&p=p19v

National Tree Week at Little Assynt Tree Nursery


Last week we celebrated National Tree Week at Little Assynt Tree Nursery with the reopening of our Gaelic Alphabet Tree Trail. Pupils from Lochinver Primary School prepared tags with the Gaelic names for each of the trees and the letter they represent in the Gaelic Alphabet. Pupils then took us on a tour of the trail. Well done to all involved! Visitors are always welcome, so come along and have a wander along our new trail!

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An Apple a Day….


Apple loving primary 1 to 4 pupils from Lochinver Primary School visited Little Assynt Tree Nursery to learn about the year in a life of an orchard apple tree. They spent the morning finding out what happens to the trees throughout all the seasons from blossom and pollination, to thinning, harvesting and pruning. Our Fruit growers of the future!

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Woodland Expansion Project Update


The ground preparation works for planting trees are well underway at Druim Suardalain The fencing works are being carried out by local contractor and good progress is being made with the dismantling of old fences. Volunteers had made a good start on the Gorse clearance (which is a thankless job!) but now they will be glad to hear we are trialling a ground clearance machine over the next week or so that should make short work of it! Anyone interested […]

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Strained Wire Fencing Course


6 local people braved the wind at Clachtoll to complete a fencing course last month. It was organised by CALL and Assynt Learning with funding from the Coastal Communities Fund and Caplich Community Benefit Fund. The participants learned all aspects of strained wire fencing and successfully erected a 50m fence.  

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Mud Glorious Mud!


Little Assynt Tree Nursery played host to a soil fertility course last month, organised with Assynt Learning. Rural Skills Tutor Peter Holmes introduced the 9 participants to the delights of soil. Everyone had the chance to get hands on with soil texturing and measuring pH of their own soil samples. They also learned the importance of soil structure and how to improve and maintain nutrients levels to help increase yields of fruit and vegetables. The course was funded by the […]

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Achlochan Coastal Heritage Project Update


  The Achlochan Peninsula in Achiltibuie has seen lots of activity over the past two months, with more to come. In late October a week long archaeological survey took place. The main focus was the ruined broch on the south-east of the peninsula, but the entire peninsula was considered and surveyed with many interesting new sites identified – the full report will be available by the end of this year. The survey work provided an opportunity for local residents to […]

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New polytunnel will help native seedlings to flourish


Funding has been received from the Highland Council through the Landfill Communities Fund towards a mesh polytunnel and materials for the propogation of native tries grown from local seed. Little Assynt Tree Nursery, has been working with the local community since 2012 to collect seeds and cuttings from the few remaining native trees scattered across the area.  The nursery is growing this scarce local seed into young trees and shrubs to be used in native woodland re-planting schemes both within […]

Assynt Learning Autumn Training


It is with great pleasure that Coigach – Assynt Living Landscape has been able to collaborate with Assynt Learning, supporting the education centre through sharing resources, to bring the following training.  Please click on the link for further details   BE ENTERPRISING, Information Session for Enterprise Programme: WEDNESDAY 19th OCTOBER, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Assynt Leisure Centre Creating and maintaining a fertile, productive, healthy soil: TUESDAY 25th OCTOBER, 10am to 4.30pm, TREE NURSERY AT LITTLE ASSYNT Introduction to Strained Wire Fencing: […]

Calling for Fruity Information!


As part of the Woodland Expansion project, CALL are hoping to develop a couple of community orchards. We are looking for information from anyone who grows fruit in Coigach, Assynt and the surrounding area about what varieties grow well, where you grow it, what you use the fruit for, what tastes good and what problems you have encountered! We are also looking for suggestions for where we could potentially plant orchards in Coigach and Assynt and who would like to […]

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