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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Little Assynt tree nursery hosted a summer open day full of great local crafts, home-baking and of course plenty of trees! It was well attended and we even had some little helpers with rowan berry crushing! The building of bug hotels to house our pollinators over winter was accompanied by live music from our amazing local musicians.
Local people and visitors to the area interested in developing some basic horticulture skills have been attending taster sessions at Little Assynt tree nursery. So far, fortnightly sessions have introduced participants to making compost, filling cells, transplanting seedlings (known as pricking out) and taking cuttings. Local participant Katrina Martin said “the training has provided a great opportunity to learn about various aspects of tree seedling management in a friendly, welcoming and fun environment. I’ve really enjoyed learning a wide range of useful […]
Just in case you missed our tree of the month posts from June, we would like to introduce you to the lovely Wych Elm. Last month we were out collecting seed, found inside their winged fruit before the wind whisked them away! The once dominant english elm descended from just a few elm trees brought to the UK by the Romans. They reproduced using suckers which resulted in genetically identical populations. This made them susceptible […]
Little Assynt Tree Nursery has put together fortnightly taster sessions in basic tree growing skills. Over 8 weeks you will learn a variety of skills including mixing compost, sowing seeds, preparing cells, pricking out, taking cuttings, tree identification and collecting seeds. Starting on Tuesday 5th July, the sessions run from 12-2pm. We can take a maximum of 6 people at a time. If the course proves popular, we are happy to run another day! Booking is essential. Contact Susan at […]
Last week pupils from Rogart Primary School visited Little Assynt tree nursery on a research mission! They are starting their own tree nursery and were having a look at how we do things at Little Assynt. The budding horticulturists learned about all the stages in growing trees and got hands on transplanting Juniper and Scots Pine seedlings and taking Aspen cuttings. We explored Culag Wood where the pupils collected Wych Elm seed and looked at the effects of deer on […]
Since April, Primary 7 pupils from Lochinver, Stoer, Achiltibuie and Ullapool have been part of an exciting transition project ‘Discovering Wild Places’. It has given the pupils the opportunity to work together to discover, explore and conserve wild spaces, and share their experiences, fulfilling all elements of the Discover level of the John Muir Award, before they head into S1 at Ullapool High School. Pupils have experienced mountain, woodland, and freshwater environments over the last few months…. Back in the […]
All meetings of the CALL steering group are open to interested members of the public, the next meeting is on 27th June at Glencanisp. Come along and find out what’s going on! In the past the Coigach – Assynt Living Landscape Steering Group has been open to the public. However it was agreed last March 2016 that this invitation will be broadcast more widely. The steering group approved a protocol to institutionalise broader community participation. OPEN MEETING PROTOCOL
So far, 2016 at Little Assynt Tree Nursery has been a hive of activity. Back in February we were out with volunteers collecting Juniper seeds and Aspen root, the last to be collected before seed sowing. Volunteers have been helping out on a weekly or fortnightly basis, for an hour or two, or all day. Even some visitors to the area come for the day. All help is most gratefully received! We have had visits from preschool, primary and secondary […]
As we are perfectly positioned on the NC500 route, it gives us the opportunity to be part of the NC500 Wildlife Festival 2016! We are hosting the ‘Secret Life of Trees’ event on Friday 3rd June 1pm-4pm at Little Assynt Tree Nursery. It’s your chance to peek behind the scenes at the conservation of our native tree species and get hands on during a nursery tour. You can also join in on a guided walk around Little Assynt. Tea, coffee […]