Category Archives: West-Lothian

A “Feast” of ideas, information, news and views available at this year’s Local Networks Seminar!

The Local Networks Seminar 2014  will take place on Saturday 6th September, 11am – 3.30pm at Dunblane Cathedral Halls.

We hope you agree the programme (menu!) available here sets out an exciting and challenging day. It is, in fact, a “feast” for all those involved with our local networks aimed at providing food for thought for the year ahead!

It is important that as many networks as possible are represented at the Seminar and we have already circulated an invitation to network co-ordinators and key network members. However, we are now opening the invitation out to all network members but, as space is limited, please book early to avoid disappointment!

TO REGISTER FOR THE SEMINAR: please email with your name, network and church by Monday 25th August.

Dunblane Cathedral is about a 5 minute walk from the train station, up the Main Street (see . Trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh arrive in Dunblane approx. every 30 minutes and some trains from the North also stop at Dunblane, although it may be necessary to go through to Stirling and change. There are also some intercity buses that stop in Dunblane. If it is necessary for you to come by car, please let us know if you are able to offer a lift.

22nd-23rd July: Climate Change course at Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre

Meeting the Challenges Climate Change Presents to Scotland’s Historic Environment

In order to increase awareness and understanding of the impact of Climate Change on our Built and Landscape Heritage, on Tuesday the 22nd and Wednesday the 23rd of July 2014, the Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre is presenting a major two-day Education/Training Programme directed towards providing participants with highly useful information, as well as practical advice and guidance, concerning the interventions necessary in order to meet the Challenges Climate Change Presents to Scotland’s Historic Environment.

The course will be held at Hopetown House, Queensferry. A full programme of the course can be downloaded here; if you are interested please read the cover letter regarding the course here.

Places are on a first-come, first-served basis only!

Roots Shoots and Boots: Gardening for all

As part of its community support  outreach  Rural Connect is working in partnership with the Scottish Allotments & Garden Society to run 2 gardening sessions over the coming months to encourage individuals and groups to develop their gardening skills and share knowledge.

The sessions are being held at SRUC Oatridge Campus Allotments and are free for all participants and will be held on:

Saturday 24th May            9.30am till 12.30

Saturday 7th June     9.30am till 12.30

Individuals will be able to choose three optional 50 minute sessions (maximum)  on each of the Saturday’s.

  1. Getting ready for sowing and planting.

Preparing your ground for planting requires some forward planning and some basic knowledge in getting the  ground ready – no matter how small or big your growing area is. Whether you are maybe wanting to start preparing ground for next year or fancy giving it a shot this year their are several easy steps to make sure that ground will support growing of fruit and vegetables.


  1. Growing in containers, vertical gardening, raised beds and trellis building.

If you have limited land area invention is the key here and there are several ways in which  you can still grow but with limited growing space; containers, supermarket bags, on vertical pallets, small raised beds. This session will show how easy it can be done.


  1. Wee Green Fingers – ideas for gardening with children

Getting you children to grow their own vegetables or flowers is a great way of getting them outdoors and away from the games console and video games. Several easy ideas will be shared on the day as well as a free give away plant / seeds to get you started along with an information sheet for web sites and ideas.


  1. Composting, feeding soils and organic pest control.

Making the soil productive is something every gardener looks at annually and this session will hopefully give you several simple ideas that you can incorporate into your garden / allotment of the coming months. The other important weekly task is keeping on top of the pest control


  1. Vegetable Growing – advice and tips.

What type of vegetables do you fancy growing in your garden over the coming years. Getting the right advice can sometimes saves us time and money in the long run and ensure that we have some good results at the harvesting time.


  1. Flowers and fruit growing – advice and tips

Nothing nicer that looking out at a garden in flower throughout the seasons and here is your chance to get some ideas and information to improve your area. From bulbs to tubers to seed to plugs – something for all. Imagine also picking up your next crop of blackcurrants and making jam for the next day. Some ideas also.