Member Jane Coward is a dedicated and energetic carer and garden creator in Kinloch Rannoch.

Back in May she was recommended by appreciative local residents to join The Eden Project Community in Cornwall for a weekend. This promised to be an intense and exhausting experience as well as informative and inspirational. Most importantly, Jane says, it reminded her of the power to transform creatively.

“It was fascinating to meet volunteers from different projects all over the UK doing just that within their local communities. Sharing experiences, learning sessions with the experts and simply exploring Eden – not to mention being billeted in a converted shipping container, dining in a Mediterranean Biome and performing with Ghostbusters in a gigantic polytunnel – made the time unforgettable. If you can put all your inhibitions to one side in order to sing and dance with strangers in a polytunnel full of courgettes, you realise that anything is possible!”

Jane and her supporters are just at the very beginning of developing the Rannoch Community Garden but, “already we have struck up conversation with the resident toads in the greenhouse and declared war on the bean and broccoli brunching voles in our newly dug veggie patch”.

Locals have generously donated tools and plants and votes in funding bids.

“We potted up 100 beans for distribution at The Dawn to Dusk event in Carie Wood to encourage folk in growing Rannoch’s sustainable future and have been dropping off our first crops – cucumber, lettuce, Swiss chard, beetroot, spring onions, blackcurrants, gooseberries, rhubarb etc., all around the Loch.”

Kinloch Rannoch may be remote, but it’s most certainly not sleepy. This is what happens when future-minded Community comes together for the common good.

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