Farewell to a loyal colleague

We wish David well in his new posting. He will be missed at Flanders Moss.

2 bogs, a swamp and some islands

Stirling NNRs

Well, this working week marks the last on the reserves for an outstanding member of our team – reliable, hard-working (mostly), always got time for people, full of energy and loves the bogs. He’s made heaps of friends over the years working on the NNRs who will all miss his wild enthusiasm, caring nature, furry face, soft ears and cuddles…

Before you start thinking “crikey, he must need one heck of a shave”, I’m talking about Finn!

We’re saying goodbye to the bog dog…. That majestic face will be heading down to Dumfries & Galloway to help conserve some different wetlands.

We’re not joking when we say he was hard-working. He’s known to have removed a birch tree or few from the bog and Bethia has been grateful for this, giving her arms a break during scrub clearance.

Both Bethia and hard-working bog dog taking a break…

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Funding opportunities

Good Food For All Fund

A new Good Food For All Fund has been launched by Stirling Council.  Grants of up to £10,000 are available to third sector/community groups across Stirling to tackle food inequalities and insecurities and ensure that everyone has access to nutritious healthy food in line with Stirling’s Food Framework.  It is also open to internal Stirling Council Services and community planning partner public agencies.

The deadline for applications is 11 am on Monday 8 November 2021. Projects must start before the end of March 2022 and be completed by end of August 2022.  Guidance Notes, Application Form and Monitoring & Evaluation Form are all available on this link:

Good Food For All Fund 2021/22 – Stirling Council

Funding for Dementia Friendly Inclusivity

Community groups and organisations are now able to apply for grant funding of up to £10,000 to promote dementia friendly inclusivity in their area.

As part of an ongoing commitment from Stirling Council to make Stirling a dementia friendly city, the funding administered by Our Connected Neighbourhoods (OCN), is open to applications today (11 October) for groups who are already operating with a focus on dementia accessibility.

Organisations who express a willingness to strengthen dementia awareness and promote inclusion in their area are also eligible to apply. Applications for expressions of interest remain open until 7 November.

Successful applicants will be supported through a series of workshops and tailored dementia-inclusive training, including guidance on using the OCN tools and experiential audit walks.

Stirling Council earlier this year made a commitment to invest £102,000 in dementia friendly infrastructure to underline its ongoing commitment to accessibility for residents and visitors who are living with dementia.

An open session is scheduled to be held for potential applicants on Tuesday 19October and drop in surgeries via phone and online will be held from 27 – 29 October.

Paths Group Progress

The Thornhill Paths Group have been holding monthly to work parties over the summer.
Those of you who walk the paths regularly may have noticed that the volunteers have improved the stiles and strimmed areas of the Muir Dam Path, cleared ditches on the North Common and attempted to stop the Hedges Path disappearing under the overgrown verges and soil dumped by the rabbits from their holes.

Much of the work on the North Common seems to have involved being in a ditch.

We also have regular meetings to discuss progress and next steps. If you would like to join us the next meeting is on 21 October. Contact paths@thornhillstirling for more information.

Stirling Science Festival 14-16 October

Stirling Science Festival is returning for a second year to offer a wide range of fun family activities during the October school holidays.

Sponsored by CityFibre and the Scottish Government, it will take place between 14-16 October. Stirling Science Festival will host a variety of free interactive activities and exhibitions aimed at inspiring an interest in science in young people where they can either watch in wonder at the scientific displays or conduct their own experiments at home.

The festival will offer a hybrid programme of online and live events at the Albert Halls and Tolbooth through partnership between Stirling Council, Forth Valley College, University of Stirling, Codebase and Historic Environment Scotland.

Among the exhibitions to take place, Forth Valley College will present a workshop on clean water where kids can become chemists, testing pH levels to see if samples of water can support life. They’ll also be shown how a full cup of water can be turned upside down without spilling a drop.

Stirling Council Libraries will also be involved with books on science, technology, engineering and maths available along with fantastic story books to inspire children to explore ways of helping to save the planet and tackle real-world environmental issues, from plastic pollution to wildlife decline.

Interactive writing and poetry workshops for all ages will also be held online with sessions from award winning children’s author Emily Illett and Stirling Makar, Laura Fyfe.

Numbers may be subject to social distancing restrictions and all in-person activities will be held in accordance with current Scottish Government health guidelines.

The full programme of events can be seen at www.stirlingsciencefestival.org.

Picnic Bench on South Common

Now that we’re heading for autumn and winter it may not seem the weather for a picnic, but if you should feel the need for a seat outdoors for a natter with friends or just to have a rest there is a new picnic bench on the South Common outside the Community Hall.

Money for the bench was donated by Thornhill & Blairdrummond Community Council, Thornhill Community Hall and Thornhill Community Trust. Thanks to Jim and his helpers who installed the bench. We hope you enjoy using it.