Given the number of people and visitors using the moor road, and taking walks on the moor, we have been regularly asked if there is a way to make donations to the Estate for upkeep, maintenance and other purposes.
To that end, we have purchased and installed a donation box at the beginning of the moor road |(left hand side)
Please point all donors in that direction! All donations are now welcome!
We are again looking to award a prize for the village croft and village garden of the year. Both categories will be decided on by an independent referee towards the end of August. 11 Keose Glebe were worthy and double winners last year…Who will be victorious this time around????
Below: The Keose Glebe Moor Road before the recent improvement works.
Over recent months, we have seen an increased amount of vehicle traffic using the moor road. Some of these visitors are using the road at all hours of the day or night, and are not always following the speed restrictions that we have put in place. Continue reading “Moor Road Management”
The North Harris Trust along with Scottish Natural Heritage are embarking on a project to quantify the extent of Gunnera (Gunnera tinctoria) across the Western Isles. They will then work to produce a plan towards its management and eradication.
Gunnera, commonly known as ‘Giant Rhubarb’ is native to South America and was introduced as an ornamental garden plant. However, it has become an invasive species, taking over gardens and spreading into neighbouring crofts, along roadsides and onto hill land.
Growing to a height of 2m, the large Gunnera leaves shade and out-compete native plants. It can also cause problems by blocking drainage ditches and access tacks. Seeds are spread along water courses and by birds, but also through road building, movement of soil and clearing ditches. Gunnera thrives in our mild, wet climate and is now a major problem in Western Ireland where the climate and landscape is similar to that found in the Outer Hebrides.
Today with North Lochs Historical Society walked Keose Glebe, a #LandReform estate where the community have set up picnic tables. Rusty stands on Leac na Gillean from where, c. 1802, the landlord press-ganged 32 young men onto a warship, 20 never to return https://t.co/7FtGsh0rnHpic.twitter.com/cMZjIdpykh
Running a (Community) estate takes some effort – administrative and practical; and each time we take on a new project, a little more of each is required. In addition, periodic maintenance is then necessary to ensure that everything is kept at the desired level and quality.
This means that, here in Keose Glebe, voluntary effort is required to, for example, cut grass, clean and bail boats, check moorings, paint walls, dig and replant flowerbeds, check trees, kill weeds, mend roads, clean offices; service vehicles and equipment, and more.