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Forest Open Day at Tighnabruaich on Saturday

Kilfinan Community Forest [KCFC] and Kyles Allotment Group [KAG)] are holding a joint Forest Open Day in Tighnabruaich on Saturday 30th July from 1pm to 5pm.

There will be lots to do for young and old throughout the day with food, music, guided walks and games. Kids can join in a woodland treasure hunt, explore the outdoor play areas and try their hand at pond dipping in the wildlife ponds. Get hands on at the ‘Gifts for Nature’ craft table or take a guided tour of the newly extended path network and check out the forest’s fascinating Victorian heritage. Have a drink in the picnic area and enjoy stunning elevated views of the Kyles of Bute.

The event is also a great way to find out more about KCFC’s work. You can meet the team from this summer’s Youth Skills Development Programme, a hugely successful initiative that introduces young people to working in the forest and provides them with invaluable experience. Buy one of their wooden handicrafts and hear about their achievements.

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Members of KAG, which is based in the community forest, will be on hand to show people around their polytunnel and communal outdoor growing areas. Have a glass of Prosecco as you find out about the huge range of vegetables and fruit that are grown here and the benefits of being a member. The allotmenteers will be more than happy to share their gardening tips with you.

David Hunter, KCFC Director and KAG member, says: ‘This event [which is free to all] is our way of saying thank you to everyone who has supported the community forest and the allotment group over the past year. Whether you’ve bought wood from our mill, come along to the Producers’ Markets or helped out with tree planting, it’s made a huge difference and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you.

‘Rain or shine, come along. Many of the activities will take place in the wood drying shed where you’ll be protected from the elements.’

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