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!

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

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

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

Tree Nursery Summer Open Day

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. 

Tree Nursery Host Dry Stone Wall Training

Assynt Learning organised master dry stone wall builder Dave Goulder to instruct four rural professionals in the skills necessary to achieve Level II in dry stone wall construction. The participants joined the course as a steppingstone to the dry stone wall builder instructor qualification, and as a prerequisite for quoting for dry stone wall contract work. The training was organised

Turning Fingers Green!

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

Tree of the Month!

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

Green Fingers Training!

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

Rogart Research Team Visit!

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

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