WORKPARTIES

 

Workparties are held c. monthly throughout the year and welcome new faces and skills.

 

All potential attendees should check with the Coordinator at the start of the lead-up week, to confirm timings, notify their attendance, book accommodation & collaborate on catering.

 

 

Current Ongoing Works

 

On going clearing of fallen debris on S end routes

 

Development of clear stable routes to the Viewpoints (Pine Ridge & The Knoll) & vista opening

 

Timber clearance behind New Hut

 

Strimming & cutting invasive species (bramble & woody seedlings)

 

Commencement of clearance across the burn for N side streamside route

 

 

Accommodation Bookings

 

All requests to use the accommodation must be registered with the Coordinator (email to a.bennell@rbge.org.uk)

 

WE ask all overnight residents to make a contribution to costs (inc. hut maintenance, tool & equipment purchase, gaz & elsan supplies etc); £6 per adult per bothy night

 

Until the deficit on the new hut build is paid off, we also ask all visitors to make an additional minimum donation of the price of a bottle of wine (£5) per visit to boost funds

 

 

NOTES FOR VISITORS

 

The Facilities:

 

The Consortium maintains and uses as its base three premises in the heart of the Garden :

 

The Cedar Hut : a 1960’s timber chalet, with a small similarly equipped cooking area, a vernacular  wood stove and three pax bench bed area. (sleeps 3-5); recently upgraded, re-roofed, with a new Verandah, and fresh internal décor. Fully equipped with cooking equipment etc.

 

The Garage : a large storage shed for materials and equipment, rebuilt in 2004, with an extension at the S end housing an Elsan unit for essential sanitation.

 

Brennan’s Jubilee Hut : the home of the former Gardener, until his decease in the 1950’s, This idyllic traditional two room bothy burnt down in Sept 2007 but has been rebuilt as the main accommodation for workparty teams, with cooking bench, woodburning stove and sleeping space for up to 10.

 

Access & Parking : is via a gated drive that leaves the A830 just east of  Arisaig village,at the limit of the village street lighting and stone walling. This leads immediately to the gate and drive (rough in parts) down into the Garden. The gate is opened by a Yale Padlock key. [RBG Suite : A36]. Please ensure that this is kept closed during your stay (just on the bolt; but with the padlock closed, so it cannot be lost!), and finally re-padlocked on departure. Vehicles may be parked adjacent to Cedar hut / Garage., or just opposite the nearby avenue of Hemlocks. Please do not block the main driveway.

 

The Accommodation : Full catering and dining equipment is supplied; a wood burning stove provides heat, when necessary.

 

Please be very careful of all naked flames. One hut has already burnedown in the past decade.

 

Water is collected in containers from the stream : boiling advised . Cooking by Gaz (supplied).

 

Guests will need sleeping bags & airbeds/ mattresses/food supplies;

 

Please bring stocks of  candles/firelighters/kitchen rool & toilet paper and other kitchen supplies, and replenish as used.

 

Both bothies are opened by a Yale padlock key [A36] and a Mortise key is also needed for Cedar Hut.

 

The Garage is also secured via the Yale padlock [A.36] key. The Elsan hut is a slip bolt only.

 

Fires : there is a woodshed and chopping area beside both Huts. We recommend that you gather kindling and deadwood replenishments from the abundant fallen material. Please replenish the dry stocks in the hut as you consume them; and refill the woodshed with newly gathered/cut logs, if possible. Ashes and a basal sand bed MUST be left in the base of the woodburner (Cedar); ensure all fires are fully out when leaving.

 

Outdoor Fires : there is a designated burning area opposite Cedar & Brennans Huts. Please restrict all bonfires to these locations. (The Garden clearance work parties may occasionally burn debris in other areas by agreement).

 

Fire Safety ; The Garden and its buildings are potentially very vulnerable: please monitor all fires at all times; ensure they are safely extinguished every time you leave the site.

 

* Similar care is advised with candles/lamps etc.  Avoid naked flames wherever possible & never on the rafters or beams; * Ensure Gaz cylinders are turned OFF.

 

 

 

HYGIENE

 

WATER : Collect fresh water from the stream; it should always be boiled before drinking. Washing may be undertaken at the stream – downwater from the water collection point.

 

TOILET : Use the Elsan for all toilet purposes. At the start of a “new can” add a couple of capfuls of Elsan Blue fluid (provided in the toilet); add a  SMALL scoop of streamwater to cover after each use (minimise) and top up the Elsan with additional capfuls daily.

 

DISPOSAL : the Elsan contents are decanted into holes dug on the west side of the Burn just over the bridge (Pooh Corner), about 20 metres downstream. Do not dig where crossed sticks mark a previous deposit!

 

RUBBISH : Please bag up and remove all rubbish from the site. Bags can be held in the new Flip bins at the side of either Hut, and then removed to the disposal bins outside the shop in Arisaig, and the Bottle Bank nearby. Ensure Bins are empty when you leave, please.

 

 

Local Services

 

The Arisaig Stores is open 7 days (shorter hours in Winter). They supply all foodstuffs, misc hardware, papers, booze, and refill gaz cylinders (keep receipt to reclaim).

 

The Mallaig Coop is open 8am to 10pm daily and has a wide range of foods. There are other specialist shops in Mallaig, hardware, boat & fishing tackle, electricals, pharmacy and a Cashline machine.

 

* Excellent fresh local seafood in Mallaig (*Andrew Race M-F 9.30-3) / (Jaffys Station Shop M-Sat 10-5);

 

Garages in Morar and in Mallaig; the nearest 24hr fuel is at Fort William (BP beside the Road to the Isles junction).

 

 

Local Visitor Services

 

Drinks and bar meals at the Arisaig Hotel; at Cnoc na Faire and in Morar; a wide choice of hostelries and restaurants in Mallaig, where the fish suppers are ripe. Sky TV for sport in the Arisaig Hotel / at Kinloid and at the Marine Bar in Mallaig.

 

For visits and outings see the Information Files in the Huts.

 

 

 

HELPING THE GARDEN GROW

 

Please leave the Accommodation as you would wish to find it.

 

Report any problems / maintenance issues / suggestions to the Coordinator asap (APB).

 

Please cut and restock as much wood as you burn.

 

 

Costs : all funds for the Garden are raised by subscription from Consortium members and from other users/visitors. Materials for hut maintenance and improvement alone have cost over £ 8000 in the past 3 years.  We ask all adult guests to contribute (at least) £ 6 per adult per night to funds. This pays for the fabric, the Gaz & Elsan and maintenance materials.  * Please make payment (Cash/Cheque) to Larachmhor Garden Association, on returning keys.

And for the foreseeable future we are seeking an additional donation of £ 5 per visit (the price of a bottle of wine) to help us pay off the costs of the new Bothy.

 

 

Garden Work

 

All visitors can help, by walking the paths and clearing encroaching brambles etc; by weeding around the base of any young shrub plantings; by gathering and dragging, and per

haps vigorously chopping timber debris. Specific ongoing projects with which all visitors can help will be specified on the Hut Noticeboards.

 

We welcome participants on any of our regular work parties, no special skills required, just an enthusiasm for hard work, wild scenery and convivial company – although cooks, musicians, builders, diggers, will always be welcome …

 

 

Contacts

 

Alan P Bennell  (Chairman)

 

To whom Hut Bookings, Maintenance Reports, Accommodation payments & DONATIONS should be referred.

 

 

Sally Rae (Treasurer)

 

Wk: RBGE, as above; 0131 248 2867; s.rae@rbge.org.uk

 

 

Ian W J Sinclair (Curator)

 

Ho : Balquharrie Cottage, Muthill, Perthshire; PH5 2BP;  Mo. 07768 002288; ianwjsinclair@me.com

 

 

James Colston (Estate Factor)

 

Glen House, Arisaig;  01687 450609  [IN EMERGENCIES]; arisaig.farms@u.genie.co.uk