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The Isle of Rum Regeneration Project

Tesco has teamed up with Greenspace Scotland to launch its Bags of Help initiative in Scotland. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.

For more details of the scheme, follow this link: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

We are proud to announce that our Isle of Rum Regeneration Project is one of the community group projects picked for this region’s scheme

Read more about the Rum project here


Bring & Share Food Night: Takeaway Food! Friday 20 May, 2016

15-05-2016

7pm onwards in the Village Hall

Takeaway Night with a twist. The twist being you bring it here rather than take it away! 

Bring and share your favourite takeaway food - pizza, Chinese or Indian cuisine, kebabs, fish and chips... if you usually queue up and take your food away in a carrier bag, then make it at home and bring it along to the village hall instead!


Cost £2 if bringing food, £5 if not

Anniversary Celidh, Friday 13th May

11-05-2016

Come along to a Celidh this Friday to celebrate the anniversary of the community handover to Isle of Rum Community Trust.

Village Hall, 7pm till late, £15 on the door. There will be a bar too.

That's our Jed playing in the photo, but the main band will be 'Ghetto Tractor' with Sandra MacBeth singing.

Childhood Favourites Bring & Share Meal, Friday 22nd April 2016

17-04-2016

Childhood Favourites Bring & Share -

What was your favourite food as a child? Bring it (or a selection) along to the Village Hall on Friday 22nd April, 6.30-7.00pm start.

All residents and visitors welcome. Come and join in for a small donation, even if you have nothing to bring. 

See you there!


Croft 3 in the Shed!

13-04-2016

Croft 3 In The Shed - selling a range of produce including free range eggs, jams and preserves, arts, crafts, gifts, midges in resin, photography and more all grown, made and produced on Croft 3. 

Follow the signs leading from the village to Croft 3 on the north side nature trail. 

Find us online here or our facebook page here.

Quiz & Cheese Night, Friday 18th March 2016

11-03-2016

EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH CHEESE!!

Friday 18th March: 7pm onwards: Quiz and Cheese night in the village hall! We will be doing a quiz, team numbers to be decided. Prize to be announced! Please bring something cheese-based for the bring-and-share meal - it can be hot, cold, cooked, raw, elaborate or simple - but must be cheesy!

Entry will be £1 per person, hope to see you there!

The Isle of Rum Regeneration Project

26-02-2016

The Isle of Rum Regeneration Project

Our project will host volunteers to deliver rural regeneration and access enhancement to Kinloch Village on the Isle of Rum, including wheelchair access and visitor facilities.

In addition to enhancing Community Trust land, this project will provide a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to volunteer in a beautiful setting.

1. Community Polytunnel & Orchard

The plastic covering of the Community polytunnel was destroyed in a storm last year (see photo below). We will relocate it to a more sheltered position in the village, where it will be more accessible to residents and visitors. We will plant a new orchard to create an 'edible landscape'.

An increased supply of homegrown fruits and vegetables from the orchard and polytunnel will benefit both visitors and residents. We will clear the new site, then rebuild the polytunnel in its new position ready for our first overwinter crops.

2. Bluebell Wood: This lovely woodland is full of colour every spring when the flowers bloom. The pathways have degraded into bogs after last year’s storms, and new saplings have overgrown parts of the bluebell areas. We will create a circular pathway of sufficient quality for use by wheelchairs and less able people, bridge the wettest area and install two new benches so that people can enjoy this wonderful natural space.

3. Wildlife Garden: The priority is to clean out and delineate the pond, dig a new ditch for pond run-off and build a small sleeper bridge over the ditch by mid-summer.We will then take down the damaged fencing, reinstate the stepping stones in the river, create gravel paths, remove the gorse from the riverbank, build 3 new benches and a yoga/meditation platform and install them by the beginning of autumn.

We want the Garden to be a 'mindfulness' natural space with outdoor sculptures by local residents, where people can sit and enjoy peace and tranquility.

How our project meets the outcomes required by the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ initiative:

Protecting or improving biodiversity: removing sapling clumps in the Bluebell Wood will prevent overshadowing of the flowers. Clearing the grasses and rushes overgrowing the pond will restore it for newts and dragonflies. Clearing vegetation from the rocks in the Wildlife Garden will allow sunlight through for lizards to bask. Cutting back bramble infestations will allow more wild flowers through for butterflies.

Promoting physical activity: this will be achieved not only through the physical work needed by the volunteers to restore the natural spaces, but also by promoting the use of them when the work is finished, and running Ranger walks and wildlife events within them.

Improving wellbeing: new pathways and new benches will allow people, especially those older and less able, to explore more of Rum's natural heritage and to spend time enjoying it. Volunteers will gain valuable experience in nature conservation and countryside management, something that will help them find future employment. An increased supply of homegrown fruits and vegetables from the orchard and polytunnel will benefit the health of visitors and residents.

Skills will be developed, for volunteers and residents, in teamwork and communication, scientific monitoring and recording of data, practical nature conservation and gardening, all of which will help them find employment and/or give them the confidence to start their own businesses.

An improved environment and enhanced economy will promote greater social cohesion and wellbeing for the community of Rum.

Improving access to open spaces by under-represented groups: wheelchair users in particular, are a very under-represented group on Rum, however, we now have disabled facilities in the new Bunkhouse. By upgrading the footpaths to give viable access beyond the main roads, Rum will become a wheelchair-friendly destination.

Now that the Small Isles has the 'Road equivalent tariff' in place, ferry fares are much reduced, making the Isle of Rum an attractive and affordable destination for family outings from Fort William and the surrounding area.

For more details, and if you would like to become a volunteer for this project, contact the Ranger at ranger@isleofrum.com

Photo Galleries Now Here!

26-02-2016

Photo Galleries Now Here!

We are making a gallery of Rum pictures - please email us any good photos of the island you have: photos@isleofrum.com.

We'll have separate galleries for wildlife, landscapes, Kinloch Castle, people and ponies. Maximum file size is 200kb.

New Volunteers in the Wild....

19-02-2016

Croft 3 on the Isle of Rum will be hosting 4 volunteer events during 2016.

Spaces are limited so get in touch with nic@isleofrum.com to register your interest and get further details.

Projects include path building, working in the fruit and veg patch and polytunnel, feeding and working with the Croft 3 pigs and poultry, green building, wood chopping and more.

Come and spend time with the Goddard family (as seen on Ben Fogle's New Lives in the Wild last year) on their permaculture inspired, off grid 8 acre croft here on Rum.

The dates are: Wednesday 1st - Friday 10th June; Monday 4th - Wednesday 13th July; Monday 1st - Wednesday 10th August; Wednesday 31st August - Friday 9th September

Wonderful Burns Night here on Rum, 25th January 2016

28-01-2016

A fabulous Burns Supper on Rum this 25th of January. 

A communal three course feast with haggis made with venison from the Rum red deer, plenty of poems, singing and a toast or two.

Later in the evening there was singing and music from Rum residents and the whisky-filled quaich did the rounds once or twice!

Why not check out the events page for more information about what's on on Rum and plan your next visit?

Meet the Locals: We are running another Deer Walk this summer...

26-01-2016

Meet the Locals! Saturday 25th June 2016
We are running another walk out to Kilmory this summer, to see the deer (and hopefully some of this year’s calves) and learn more about the

Rum Deer Project

Meet outside the Village Hall at 1pm, returning by around 8pm
Wear good boots – it’s a 16km (10 mile) round trip, on mostly dry but uneven surfaces. Bring a picnic supper, cameras, binoculars and midge repellent/jackets

There will also be a short talk about the work of the Rum Deer Project and a chance to see the vast collection of skulls and antlers built up over the last 40+ years

£10 Visitors / £5 Children *Booking essential*
For booking and more details speak to Trudi the Ranger or contact her on ranger@isleofrum.com
**NO DOGS PLEASE**

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