Full on February!
February is a bit of a bleak month, however, we have been keeping our spirits up with lots of interesting projects including the major clean up of Jock’s Burn (a woodland with river running through the centre of Carluke). CCI have continued to facilitate several volunteering sessions there which have proved very popular with locals and the results speak for themselves. The transformation of the site is incredible! A site that was previously unsightly and unsafe for locals to use has been brought back to its original state and will soon be fit for use by local schools and the general public. Well done everyone who has helped to make this possible!
This month also sees the launch of our new microbusiness group at Langloch Farm. This new group will be developing a range of natural skin care products which we hope will be for sale later in the year so watch this space!
The Crafty Connections group has been making beautiful handmade cards and a small range of them are now for sale at the Langloch reception area. Local organic apple juice is also on sale.
This month the Lanark Grammar group have erected a lovely willow tunnel at Castlebank Park to replace an older one. They also sowed seeds for the new season and learned how to make felt.
Hamilton Grammar School (ASN and Communication Disorder Unit) began a 10 week environmental programme at CCI. This will include activities to learn about and increase biodiversity, vegetable growing and composting, environmental art activities and bushcrafts.
Other CCI group activities include harvesting our own crop of willow and planting up our fruit cages.
Other CCI/ Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) groups:
We would like to say a huge thanks to Scotmid for their funding which has allowed us to purchase a defibrillator for our premises. This is something that we will hopefully never need to use but is definitely reassuring to have to hand.
- Monthly volunteering sessions at the Lesmahagow Allotments on Tuesday 31st January.
- Monthly slots at Castlebank Park on Tuesday 21st February (with Lanark Development Trust).
- Monthly slots at Stonehouse Park (with Friends of Stonehouse Park) on Thursday 23rd February.
- Monthly Maudslie Woods woodland management volunteering group (with SLC) . This group usually meets on the first Thursday of the month unless otherwise stated on the CAVLP Events page. http://www.clydeandavonvalley.org/join-in/events
Some exciting news also—CCI are planning their very first Lanimer Entry this year! Our theme is Flower Power and we have a number of names of volunteers who would like to take part already. For those of you that are not aware of Lanark Lanimers take a look at http://www.lanarklanimers.co.uk/
We have been working with some enthusiastic and hardworking students from Biggar High as we prepare for the launch of CCI’s crowdfund campaign! The campaign will launch Monday 20th March, I’m sure you’ll be hearing lots about it in the coming weeks!
The Employability Workshops delivered in partnership with LAMH World of Work have been going fantastically well with great feedback from all involved. The Workshops have covered topics such as CV writing, interview techniques and how to fill out applications for employment or further education.