Feb 142020

The Open Day this year will be held on Saturday 29th August from 12-4.00 p.m. at Craigend Farm.  (Please note the date in the January newsletter is incorrect.)

Two speakers have already been booked: Christine Bell will speak on the Communities Along The Carron Association and projects for cleaning the river, improving access and Cycling Without Age. She will also bring a trishaw which the association uses to take elderly out cycling. 

The other confirmed speaker is Zach Reilly of Scottish Agricultural College who is an expert on soil. 

We also hope to have a polytunnel with a children’s storyteller and children planting seeds in pots to take away. 

There will as usual be a broad range of stalls for crafts, local produce etc.  If anyone would like to have a stall or knows someone who they would like to come please contact Iain Macfarlane at ibmacfarlane@gmail.com

There is no charge for the stall.  

Thanks again to Willie and Evelyn Crawford for hosting the event.

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Apple Tree Day Sun 8 March

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Feb 062020

Dear Fruit Lovers,We are very happy to have obtained the services of Andrew Lear, Apple Tree Man, for a training day on Sunday 8th March which will be at Wester Craigend. 

Scottish fruit varieties.

Andrew will give us all some advice on fruit bush and tree selection and how to plant and care for the trees. He will bring some trees and fruit bushes with him, but as it is getting on in the year, if you have any specific varieties you are looking for, if you let me know as soon as possible we can pre-order them.

We expect to meet about 10-3pm and we will provide refreshments. 

If you need directions, we are at FK7 9PX and we are the house at the former ford over the Bannockburn (now a bridge) just below Murrayshall quarry.

Please contact: info@pomona.org.uk if you need further directions on the day. 

Please let us know if you have intend to come, for catering purposes. 
If you can’t come, but would like trees/bushes then let us know and we will put them aside for you.

 Posted by at 8:43 am

Community representative needed!

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Feb 052020


We are looking for your help!  

Example of wooden clad container

Would you be willing to work with us in a small group developing a feasibility study and business plan for a Community Meeting Room based at the Community Woodland site?

We have three group members – Dugald McAlpine and Rob Ferguson representing VRG, and Dorothy Breckenridge from the Community Council. We are looking for one or two members from the wider community. 

The group reports to the VRG Board and the Community Council. We might expect to have two or three evening meetings as we work through our ideas. 

Please leave your name and details and we’ll get back to you. info@valleyrenewables.co.uk

 Posted by at 10:15 am

VRG wins award from Falck

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Dec 092019

News release

Cycle commute project receives funding boost 

A project encouraging people to commute to work by e-bike from the Carron Valley has been recognised for its role in promoting decarbonisation on a local scale.

 Richard Dibley (on left) of Falck handing award to Robert Ferguson our treasurer

The Valley Renewables Group (VRG), the development trust for Carron Valley and District which administers the community benefit funds from the Earlsburn and Kingsburn Wind Farms, won the award and £6,000 at wind farm owner Falck Renewables’ second annual community award dinner at Dunblane Hydro.

Barbara Wilson, secretary of the VRG, said: “Most of the Carron Valley’s residents who don’t work on their own farms commute to Stirling, Falkirk and beyond on a daily basis.  These journeys are relatively short and easily commutable by bicycle – seven miles takes you from hill farms, through rolling woodlands, to civilisation and rail links of central Scotland.

“Our project aims to take the pain out of cycling by promoting greater use of e-bikes.  Although the morning pedal powered commute down from the Carron Valley is ideal with barely a need to turn a cog, the return trip at the end of the working day is more daunting – unless you are in training for the mountain stages of the Tour de France!  

“We have already provided financial support for the purchase of more than half a dozen e-bikes and these are already transforming the health of those who take to the saddle.  This £6,000 from Falck Renewables will make a real difference to the project and the health of the residents of the Carron Valley.”

Richard Dibley, managing director of Falck Renewables Wind, said: “Our partnerships with the local communities around our wind farms are invaluable and at our annual awards dinner we celebrate the incredible variety of projects which are making a real difference to their areas.  We were very impressed by the Valley Renewables Group’s commitment to reducing the community’s carbon footprint as well as improving the health of residents and we hope this award will inspire many new e-bike users.”

With matched  funding  Valley Renewables will be able next year to make grants to help with the purchase of  electric bikes.

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Festive Carron Valley Open Day

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Aug 292019
Little hands get crafty

Fine weather and a variety of stalls, talks and a BBQ drew over 200 to Craigend Farm, Auchenbowie on Saturday 24th for the annual Carron Valley and District Open Day.

A large marquee hosted craft, local produce, and children’s stalls. One theme was the welfare of bees through wild flower planting and honey was for sale. The history and heritage of the Valley was featured and advice available on energy conservation.

Hand-painted flower pots stall

In another marquee talks were given on an archaeological investigation of an 18th century whisky distillery at Craigend followed by a site visit, the wildlife of the newly established community woodland at Carron reservoir, and the Barr Wood facility for Scouts.

There was also a demonstration of CPR and a defibrillator by Trossachs Search and Rescue.

The Open Day was organized by the local development trust, Valley Renewables, and the venue courtesy of Willie and Evelyn Crawford.

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OPEN DAY Saturday 24 August

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Aug 152019

We look forward to seeing you at the VRG Open Day on Saturday 24 August, 12 noon – 4.00 p.m

Craigend Farm     Auchenbowie, Stirling FK7 9QW


Large number of craft stalls including willow weaving, mosaics, jewellery, flower arranging, photography, paintings, knitting etc. Other stalls include History and Heritage of Carron Valley, nature study, free range eggs, apple juicing and cider making, and verge side planting for bees. Also Childrens’entertainment.   Free BBQ.  


1.00     Craigend distillery-archaeology investigation

2.00    Defibrillator demonstration

2.30    The fauna flora and ecology of our new Community Woodland

3.30     Barr Wood Trust -our neighbouring community woodland 

Craigend Farm courtesy of Willie and Evelyn Crawford. 

Open Day organised by Valley Renewables Group, Development Trust for Carron Valley and District

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