Appreciations and Update

Findhorn Hinterland Group
Appreciations and Update.

The Findhorn Hinterland Group (FHG) would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ for the gift of £140 raised from donations generously given by the Community during the Winter Solstice Spiral. This gift will be used to help in the conservation and enhancement of the lovely Wilkies Wood area, open for all to enjoy, which is managed by the FHG and now owned by the Findhorn Foundation. We wish to offer our special appreciation to the Spiral team – Vera, David and Katherine and all those people who assisted in preparing and holding the Spiral event so beautifully. The specific project that the money will be used towards will be the wildlife ponds that the national charity Froglife has pledged over £2400 towards. These were going to be installed this spring up near the wind turbines but last week after further investigations by SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) it became evident that the cost of monitoring potential radioactive contamination would be prohibitive if the proposed site was to be used. For this reason it looks likely that the new location will be adjacent to the Green Burial area and near to the Woodland Shelter where people and wildlife will both benefit from their presence. We will keep you updated as the project progresses.

We would also like to give a further ‘Thank you” to the Findhorn Wind Park and their community fund team of Henrietta and Mari for the donation of £550 to the FHG. This will go specifically towards helping with the second phase of our Edible Woodland Garden project situated to the east of the Barrel Cluster and north of the Soillse houses. The group already secured over £10,000 from the Big Lottery and other funders for the first phase of planning, establishing terraces, soil building, fencing and, in the spring, planting, as part of this exciting project spearheaded by Ariane Burgess for the FHG, the wider Park community and the general public. The second phase involves installing an irrigation system using the Soillse laundry grey water and roof rainwater as well as providing signage for the project. This will be carried out later in the year and once again we will keep you updated as to what will be happening and when.

As ever, you are welcome to join in the good work of the group helping bring about these projects and generally caring for the land by coming along to the work parties which happen on the last Saturday of each month between 2pm and 4pm. We meet at the tractor shed in Wilkies Wood. Do contact me if you need any further information or wish to support by becoming a member of this group. This Saturday we would particularly like a good turn out as we tackle the conservation of nationally important lichen beds; have a look at Sean Reed’s article about this elsewhere in the Bridge for further information. We look forward to seeing you there!

Warm regards,

Jonathan Caddy, Convenor, Findhorn Hinterland Group

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