Summer Events

1) Heritage Skills: Charcoal Making

30th July 2016, 10 – 12.30pm Barrhill Woods, Kircudbright The Galloway Glens Scheme is aiming to support and develop heritage skills in the area. An activity recently highlighted on a number of TV programmes and with interest increasing nationwide, is the production of homemade charcoal. Tom Henry, a Dumfries & Galloway Council Ranger, will be… Read more »

2) Tour of Carsphairn Lead mines

06th August, 10am – 2pm Meet at Holm of Daltallochan, Carsphairn. Bring walking boots, weather suitable clothing and packed lunch. The lead mines near Carsphairn are a remnant of a once thriving industry, providing significant employment and at its peak yielding over 900 tonnes of lead a year. This circular walk will be led by… Read more »

3) Heritage Skills: Green Wood Working

20 August 2016, 10:00 – 13:00 Carlingwark Park The attraction of working with green (unseasoned) wood has increased recently as nationwide initiatives to support heritage skills have hit the headlines. At this open session, using traditional woodworking tools including a draw knife, shave horse and hand chisels to shape items on a pole lathe, you’ll… Read more »

4) A Sense of Place

23rd August, 2-4pm The Gallery at Laurieston An event hosted by Phil McMenemy at The Gallery at Laurieston. Over coffee and biscuits, Phil, a celebrated local artist and photographer, discusses the uniqueness of the Ken/Dee valley, focussing on the balance between the natural and man-made landscape in the area, and the linkages provided by the… Read more »

5) How deep is your bog?

27th August, 10am – 4pm Meet at Clatteringshaws, Galloway Forest Park. Bring Wellies, weather appropriate clothing and gloves. Lunch provided. Bogs are now understood to be important to us all, both in terms of the unique and fascinating habitats they provide for wildlife and the huge amounts of carbon they store and their role in… Read more »

6) Wellbeing and Mindfulness in the Natural Landscape

28th August, 2-4pm Meet at Tolbooth Museum, Kirkcudbright. Bring walking boots and weather appropriate clothing An introduction to mindfulness and how it can help you appreciate your present moment experience while walking around Kirkcudbright Bay. Hosted by Gordon and Lili Culbert from ia2ps, a local charity that provides support and training on this topic, this… Read more »

7) Electrofishing – There’s something in the water

02 September, 2:00pm – 4:00pm Venue: Meet at Clatteringshaws Visitor Car Park This is an opportunity to learn how fish populations are assessed and an introduction to the electrofishing process. Working with Galloway Fisheries Trust, in association with the Galloway Glens Scheme, attendees will learn the background to the science of electrofishing and then be… Read more »

8) Archaeology of the Ken Valley

18th September, 7.00-8.30pm Venue: Gordon Memorial Hall, St Ninians’ Castle Douglas. Andrew Nicholson, Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Archaeologist and local history enthusiast, has been packing out venues across the region with his easily accessible and informative introductions to archaeology. In association with the Galloway Glens Scheme, Andrew will be giving an overview of the Archaeology… Read more »