Pioneer Project – June 2021 Update

In this article, The Pioneer Project reports on the progress being made at the different sites around the island and invites local readers to come along and get involved. The Corrie site is having its first volunteer day this coming Saturday 3rd July. All are welcome!

The 2021 season is in full swing and work goes on at the sites where we are currently working across the island.

• In Lochranza, the community have gone all out to fill up their polytunnel with tomatoes, salad leaves, peas and runner beans, and the outdoor beds are filled with brassicas and tatties. You can join the squad at Lochranza on Saturdays.

The polytunnel at Lochranza

• In Lamlash, the wee polytunnel is also functional and now has tomato plants, peppers and french beans, while the no dig beds are looking good with onions, brassicas, root veg and loads of tatties. A fourth chicken called Hen Solo has been added to the flock and valiant efforts continue to stop the four hens eating all the veg we are growing. Volunteer days in Lamlash are on Sundays and Thursdays from 10am to about 12 noon and we are actively encouraging new Lamlash based volunteers to get involved here.

The tattie beds at Cordon

 

The no-dig beds at Cordon

• The Cladach Community Garden volunteers are hard at work continuing to finesse this beautiful historic garden, and as well as tomatoes are trying chillies and aubergines in the polytunnel, and even a little Avocado tree and a grapevine for fun.

• The fruit trees at the Kilpatrick site are doing well as are the tattie beds (can you see a familiar theme running through our sites) as occasional volunteer parties attempt to stop the place becoming a jungle, (although that wouldn’t be so bad if it was a food jungle).

Damson tree at Kilpatrick
Walnut tree at Kilpatrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• In Pirnmill, work is well underway with the pig fence, and three little piggies will hopefully soon be making the journey north to their new home.

Corrie will have it’s first volunteer day this Saturday 3rd of July – all are welcome to come along at 12 noon. No gardening at the moment as we begin to build the infrastructure for this site. The site is at the Donkey Field at the far south of Corrie village.

We are planning to make our produce available through honesty boxes so please keep an eye out at our sites. Volunteers are always welcome: please contact us if you are interested in getting involved in any of our projects.

Our next big expense will be water infrastructure for our sites, a deer fence at Corrie and a pig house at Pirnmill, along with ongoing gardening expenses so please do donate to our crowdfunder

We continue to be in awe at all of the support we have received – the people in our communities make us so optimistic that Arran will one day grow all of its own food.

Lots of Love, and Arainn gu brath

The Directors – The Arran Pioneer Project CIC