East Ayrshire Council

Understanding Social Investment

This workshop is for anyone looking for a greater understanding of social investment, and time to explore the opportunities and challenges in relation their own particular scenario. Come and find out:

Futureproof your Farm

Come and find out what’s out there to help you make the most of your farm business, at a time when the future seems uncertain.

Hear from farmers and others involved in:

The Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS)

RISS provides you with a facilitator to get your practical, sustainable business idea off the ground

LEADER

The LEADER programme funds local projects including farm diversification.

Discuss your ideas with other farmers and RISS facilitators over lunch.

Field Lab: All Over Clover

At the first Field Lab meeting in February challenges of establishing herbal leys without carrying out a full reseed were discussed with some options highlighted. 

Since then farmer Bryce Cunningham has developed a Field Lab plan, informed by Holistic Management training that he’s been on. This plan will focus on the root causes of issues that he’s having, like soil compaction.

Wet Weather Resilience Planning – Craigie

The prolonged wet weather that we have experienced since Autumn 2017 has had a massive impact on farm businesses across South West Scotland. 

Forage shortages, slurry spreading issues, field damage and animal health issues such as fluke and pneumonia have all taken their toll on farmers, stock and businesses. Unfortunately this probably wasn’t a one off and The Farm Advisory Service are running a series of meetings across the region to help businesses recover through the spring and use lessons learnt to make plans for the future to make farms more resilient to bad weather.

Skerryvore and Tide Lines

The Darvel Music Company presents 'Skerryvore' with special guests 'Tide Lines' live on 8 December 2017. 

The Darvel Music Company was formed to promote music culture, music development and live musical performance within Darvel and other communities within East Ayrshire.

Stevie Nimmo and The Rising Souls

The Darvel Music Company presents 'Stevie Nimmo' and 'The Rising Souls' live on 2 September 2017. 

The Darvel Music Company was formed to promote music culture, music development and live musical performance within Darvel and other communities within East Ayrshire.

Woodland: making it work for you. Management, woodland creation and woodfuel

A practical on-farm afternoon looking at benefits of managing farm woodlands, new plantings, business opportunities and agri environment schemes. The event will include discussion on woodland creation, how to manage existing woodland, opportunities for wood fuel production and biomass boilers. Speakers include Simon MacGillivray, Chartered Forester; Joe Fergusson, Energy Agency,  Richard Huston, Farm Business Services and Forestry Commission Scotland.

Darvel Music Festival

Past and present band members of Texas, The Silencers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Average White Band will be represented at this year’s 15th Darvel Music Festival.

Red Sky July feature the honey tinged vocals of Shelley McErlaine and Charity Hair, ably backed by Texas guitarist Ally McErlaine. They will kick off the festival on 23 September and will be supported on the night by the excellent Roddy Hart and The Lonesome Fire and Ayrshire’s finest Sean C Kennedy.

Darvel Music Festival

Past and present band members of Texas, The Silencers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Average White Band will be represented at this year’s 15th Darvel Music Festival.

Red Sky July feature the honey tinged vocals of Shelley McErlaine and Charity Hair, ably backed by Texas guitarist Ally McErlaine. They will kick off the festival on 23 September and will be supported on the night by the excellent Roddy Hart and The Lonesome Fire and Ayrshire’s finest Sean C Kennedy.

Irvine Valley Walking Festival

Variety of walks and events in the Irvine Valley Area of East Ayrshire - around the towns of Darvel, Galston and Newmilns.

Starting Friday evening - 13 May with choice of walk including Bat Walk and Electric Bike Rides Continuing on Saturday, 14 May and Sunday 15 May with choice of walks - varying distances and catergories.

All events are free.

See details on Irvine Valley Walking Festival Facebook page.

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