Following work on the moor at Druim a’ Channaich, an area of ground has had to be fenced off due to the depth of peat found, and the unstable nature of the disturbed peat surface. This is in order to keep people and livestock safe.
This area is approximately 200m to the north east of the moor cattle grid.
In addition to the fencing, warning signs have been put in place, and we would ask that everyone does keep away while the ground dries out.
A bench and memorial plaque, in memory of the late John MacDonald, 11 Keose Glebe, was sited on Druim A’ Channaich, Keose Glebe. John is the eldest son of Colin and Sandra and brother of Alister and Stuart.
The bench is placed at a scenic spot by the family peat banks where John spent many happy days and provides a panoramic view of the village of Keose Glebe and Loch Keose.
When people now come to visit the renovated Castle in Stornoway, and admire both it and the extensive woodland that surrounds it, they will no doubt not be aware of where Sir James Matheson really wanted to build his Lewis home and base. Obviously he was struck by the superior views he found elsewhere!
Estate Volunteers have been busy going over the Glebe, checking buildings, equipment, trees and boats so that they are made safe and ready for whatever the weather and forthcoming season throws at them.
These are all parts of the activities and responsibilities that come with community land ownership, and just some of skills that we are developing as a community.
Thank you to all the participants who have assisted with this, and especially to Finlay Morrison who tied down our storage container and picnic bench.
Estate Membership payments for 2017 are now due. This is still only £1 for the year, and if you are a Keose Glebe Resident or Crofter, it gives you full voting rights on Estate business (as well as preferential rates on services and activities).
Associate Memberships are also available, if you live out-with the village, but have a family connection here, or just an interest in what is going on. Again this is only £1 for the year, and it too provides discounts on estate services and activities).
Please get in touch with Cathy Morrison or an Estate Director today!
Taking advantage of the good weather, and the fall in the water level of the loch, which exposed more of the loch floor than is usual, a number of volunteers (and dog) went about collecting the rubbish that had been thrown in, and that was now visible.