VRG

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

ALL WELCOME –  MEET OLD AND NEW FRIENDS, ENTRANCE FREE, TOILETS,  PARKING AND BBQ      

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.  

TALKS MARQUEE PROGRAMME

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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VRG Grant Schemes – updated July 2019

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Jun 252019
 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

From July 1st 2019 VRG are introducing two new grant schemes and making changes to the existing Small Grant Scheme. 

The new schemes are for small and large community schemes which meet one or more of our Objectives and address challenges and opportunities for our Community. The Small Community scheme is for projects costing up to £5000 and the Large Community scheme as the name indicates is for more major projects. 

Applications can be considered from individuals, groups, and  organisations provided the benefits are for the Carron Valley and District Community as a whole. We are also replacing the existing small grant scheme with a Household Small Grant scheme with awards up to £500 and new rules on what is covered. 

The existing Children and Young People’s and Student Bursary schemes are unchanged.  

Please follow the links under VRG Grant Schemes on the home page to more information about the grants, guidelines, application forms etc.

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Community Woodland tree planting Saturday 8 June

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Jun 062019
 
Bird Cherry tree in flower

This is just a quick reminder that the first woodland volunteer day is this coming Saturday (8th June) from 10am until 1pm. We’ll be planting Bird Cherry trees and doing some general tidying up. Admittedly the weather forecast isn’t looking that great, but a warm welcome plus tea and coffee will be provided!

Also, for anybody who hasn’t yet had a share of the community wood fuel and wants some, 2m lengths of timber will be available for collection on the day.

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Open Day Saturday 24 August

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May 302019
 

CARRON VALLEY & DISTRICT COMMUNITY

OPEN DAY

Saturday 24 August 2019 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.  

TALKS MARQUEE PROGRAMME

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 

ALL WELCOME –  MEET OLD AND NEW FRIENDS ENTRANCE FREE, TOILETS,  PARKING AND BBQ      

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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Official Opening Community Woodland

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May 082019
 

The official opening ceremony for the Community Woodland is this Saturday 11 May, 10am until 12 noon.

We hope this will be a real asset to the community and look forward to seeing you.

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Community Woodland update April 2019

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Apr 162019
 

Spring is in the air and our contractors have been busy in the Community Woodland.

The “mulching” of the large area in the middle of the site, previously planted with immature Sitka is now nearly complete. This area will soon be planted with native broadleaf species:

If you’re out for a walk around the woodland, please do be aware that the mulcher is quite a fearsome beast and can throw rocks and pieces of tree over 100m on occasion, so if you’re in the area, please stay well away and behind the barrier tape!

The area for the wildlife ponds has also been marked out, and we’ll be starting to dig them out once the mulching has finished.

Don’t forget, the official opening of the woodland is on Saturday 11th May, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. As well as the official opening, we’ll be giving tours of the woodland, to show how diverse it is, and to get your ideas about how we should develop it. Teas and coffees will be available, as well as the now traditional VRG barbeque. There will also be the opportunity to make a contribution to the future of the project – by planting your own tree!

After the official opening, we will be holding volunteer days throughout the summer, on 8th June, 13th July, 10th August and 14th September. On these days, we’ll be carrying out work such as tree planting, footpath clearing and light tree pruning. We’ll start on site at 10:30 am and finish by 1:00 pm, with the exact work being carried out varying according to the weather on the day. Don’t miss this chance to get involved and to get to know your neighbours!  

Don’t forget that the community woodland also has a Facebook group, so if you’re on Facebook, do join so that you can keep up to date with everything that’s happening and also post your own photos showing what you’ve been doing in the woodland.

Finally, we have felled a small area of windblown trees as a trial to find out the best methods for clearing them and to gauge how long it will take. This means we now have 15-20 m3 of softwood available to share out amongst local (Carron Valley area) residents.  This has been cut into 2m lengths, most of which can be lifted by two or three people and transported in a van or trailer:

If you would like a share of this initial cut (there will be plenty more available later), please will you reply to this Email, and confirm:

  1. That you would like to take a share of the wood
  2. Your name and address (so we can check eligibility)
  3. Your phone number (so we can get in touch with collection times)
  4. Whether or not you have access to a van or trailer that you can use to collect the wood from site
  5. …. And if you do, if you would be willing to help some of your neighbours with their wood

We’re also looking for a volunteer to coordinate the collection. This would involve contacting people who respond to arrange suitable collection times, and to help match people who are willing to assist with transport with those who need that help. If this is something you’d be willing to help with, please let us know!

Many thanks,

David Sparkes,

For Valley Renewables Group
Mob: 07980 301 503.

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