Small improvements

A mixture of elbow grease and persistence from Dunmore Village Association has resulted in some small improvements to village amenities.

DVA’s Colin sanded and repainted the flaky bench at the well and villagers have been keeping the beds planted earlier this year weed free while the plants get established – it needs more work than you’d think!

The Association has also compiled a list of of issues with public spaces and have been contacting Falkirk Council. The bus shelter has finally been cleaned for the first time in several years and the swings at the play park are in the process of being treated for painting. Hopefully they’ll be finished in time for Tea on the Green next week!

A soggy hoedown!

The heavens opened just as the hoedown began last night, but we made good progress – check out the before and after path pic below.

Still more to do, so helping hands are much appreciated. If you’ve five mins to spare, pull some weeds!

Huge thanks to those who braved the elements.

Sam Scissorhands to the rescue!

We’re thrilled to welcome Sam Scissorhands garden maintenance to Dunmore.

The Village Association has engaged Sam to cut the grass in village public spaces between Falkirk Council’s infrequent visits. Sam is also picking up cuttings, which means playing and sitting on the village green is a much more pleasant experience!

Say hello! and cheer her on if you see her hard at work.

Visit Sam’s Facebook page

Focus group on coastal management

Residents have been invited to a study about green/nature-based solutions in coastal management.

CoOpt is an interdisciplinary project exploring how to support the transition from hard “grey” defences to softer “green” solutions in coastal flood protection management. They also look at the acceptability of flood protection schemes in the UK.

Airth is one of four case study sites where CoOpt recently conducted a postal survey. There will now be focus group discussions to hear the opinion of local residents about:

  • green/nature-based solutions in coastal management
  • preferred solutions for the coastline near Airth
  • related issues such as climate change and long-term planning for coastal management.

There are two focus group sessions on Monday, 12 June 2023 at Airth Community Centre.

  • Session 1 – 16:00-17:00
  • Session 2 – 18:30-19:30

Registration is welcome, but not mandatory – you can drop in for one of these sessions.

‘Co-Opt’ is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This study has been approved by the Ethical Review Committee in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews.

Dunmore diary

Tea on the Green: Sun Aug 20

Tea on the Green is back for 2023! Join us on the village green on Sunday 20th August from 2pm-4pm for tea, cake, games and live music from Harvest Moon.

Tea on the Green is a great way to get to know your neighbours, while raising funds for the upkeep of the green. Donations are very welcome, bring your spare change for the games!

Christmas Carols: Sun Dec 10

After cancelling in 2022 due to the very cold weather, we’re looking forward to getting back together and singing in the season. We’ll be joined once again by the Clackmannan District Brass Band and will be collecting for charity.

New flower beds

Falkirk Council have redesigned and provided plants for the two flower beds that flank the water pump on the village green. They have worked with charity Repollinate to select plants that will help and protect bees and other pollinators.

The first batch of plants have arrived and been put in place by members of our Gardening Club, who also worked hard to prepare the soil by weeding and laying new compost.

Until the plants are established we will need to keep on top of hoeing and watering these beds. More plants are to come in the next few weeks.

If you’d like to help the gardening club, email us at dunmorevillage@gmail.com. Gardening club isn’t just about the public Dunmore green spaces, we also share photos and discuss what we’re up to in our own gardens.

Newly planted flower beds