Thankyou to All – Christmas Tree Event



It was lovely to see so many of you come and join us for a mulled beverage and nibbles around the fire at the Woodland Shelter and to have you select your special tree from the land. It is good to know that the trees are now in your homes and are there to enhance your Christmas celebrations with loved ones and family. It feels like we have established this activity as a very positive tradition after having now provided this opportunity to our community for the past few years. Next year we will make sure it does not clash with the children’s Winter Gathering so we can have more children come and join us too! Special thanks goes to those in the group who helped on the day -Fay Blackburn for taking care of the drinks and catering and Jon Goulding our stalwart tree cutter out there cutting trees for people until well after dark.

People donated over £450 for the trees; many appreciations to all who contributed so generously! The money will be used to aid our good work on the land. This year the Findhorn Hinterland Group Management Committee decided that the money will go towards our contribution to two wildlife ponds that will be installed up near the wind turbines in the spring. We are doing this in conjunction with the national charity Froglife who are funding half the cost of the project as well as overseeing the work. The FHG have agreed to contribute the other half, which comes to about £2300. The larger pond will be about ten by eight metres and the smaller one eight by five. There will be a dipping platform so that if there are school parties who visit they can have safe access to the water and a hibernation area will be built nearby for lizards and amphibians. Froglife will be offering a day to educate those interested in their work about the animals and habitats that they particularly work with. We will let you know more about this nearer the time. We still have one hurdle to jump before work will start and that is SEPA will be sending a team on the 19th and 20th of January with equipment to detect radioactivity as we need to get the all clear for the specific area we are going to be digging in as it is near to where large numbers of planes were scrapped after WW2. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

That only leaves me to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a joy filled New Year!

Jonathan Caddy
Convener-Findhorn Hinterland Group

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