News from the Arran Pioneer Project

A recent update from the Pioneer Project –

Well, it looks like we have all but arrived at the end of the 2021 season.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has helped to grow food on Arran over the last 18 months. The level of passion and commitment towards making Arran a more self-sufficient island is a constant inspiration. We have received many touching comments and words of encouragement, and believe more firmly than ever that what can be grown on Arran, will be grown on Arran.

Of course, this is just the beginning. At each of the six community gardens that we are helping and have helped to set up, the work for next year is just getting started. If you’d like to help out, please see the website here for more information, or write to us by email on

We can also reveal that there will soon be developments to the governance and constitution of The Arran Pioneer Project CIC. Over the next few weeks we are planning to announce details about how you can get involved in the board, which we plan to expand, and also options for membership. We will also be consulting with volunteer groups and the wider public about what they want to see from the Pioneer Project. Please keep an eye out on social media, or write to us on if you are interested, and would like to be added to our mailing list.

Many thanks again, and Arainn Gu Brath x

Pumpkin harvest at the Cordon site, Lamlash

Volunteer Days over the autumn and winter

Cordon, Lamlash – Sundays, 11am – 1pm

Lochranza, Pirnmill, Cladach, Corrie and Kilpatrick – Volunteer days and work parties will be organised locally over autumn and winter, please contact us on the email address above if you would like to get involved. Tasks will vary from weeding to clearing to grafting depending on the site.

Honesty Box at Cordon – The honesty box that has been added to daily over the summer will be less regular now but there is cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts still growing and harvesting will continue over the next few weeks. All are welcome to come along on Sundays at the volunteer time to pick your own or collect from the Honesty Box.

Chickens at the field in Lamlash

Featured image: Red autumn leaves on a blueberry bush at the Cladach Community Garden, October 2021. Credit: Pioneer Project