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Messing around with industrial salvage and milling heritage in Juniper Green 

Can you guess what it is?

We have Mark Metcalf, neighbour of the river and friend of the Trust, to thank for his unique piece of the rivers history. We plan eventually to have it on display outside the Visitor Centre. It is very heavy so we needed help from another of our neighbours and supporters Domenic Tedesco, and his truck to help us move it to a more accessible place. Originally it came from snuff mill in Juniper Green, rescued by Mrs Veitch of Veithes Nursery, and then passed on to Mark, who is also an antiques valuer. So any ideas?

Its a snuff grinder - on a huge scale. This is an idea of how it would have looked inside a mill.

While I was out and about Domenic showed me the work he has done recently to open up the sluice and lade of Woodhall Board Mill. Once he had cleared decades of rubbish and branches he was surprised to hear the water rumble through an underground lade and pop back out into the river. Maybe in the future a turbine could see power once more generated from this weir.



Wonderful Sighting of an mother and cub along the river

Peekaboo - look who is hiding in a pipe which its mother feed near by. The clean-up volunteers who spotted this fellow moved away rapidly and left them in peace. We also tweeted this image and it received the most likes we have ever had for a tweet - 113 plus 46 retweets - not quite viral but certainly infectious


Christmas Raffle Tickets available from the Visitor Centre and interesting range of books for sale

As Christmas approaches why not pop into the Centre for a warming cuppa and browse our great range of books. We also have a great hamper and wide selection of other prizes in our Christmas raffle. Tickets are £1 and available until 19th December. The Centre will close for Christmas at 4pm on 21st September to re-open on 4th January


The Trust is disheartened to learn we will no longer have support from Scottish Natural Heritage after March

We have been the very grateful recipient of funding from Scottish Natural Heritage since we opened the Visitor Centre in 2000. We have annually received between £12-15,000 for the last 6/7 years so the withdrawal of support will leave us with a BIG financial hole to fill in 2018/19.

SNH funding comes from the Scottish Government and they have seen their funding slashed over the past few years, so it is inevitable that grant funding would be hit. The staff and trustees are actively seeking new supporters for our work. Perhaps you have a fundraising idea? Or a contact who may be able to help. Are you thinking of a fresh challenge for 2018? Perhaps we could be organisation who benefits from your sponsorship efforts. We have a just giving page where it is easy to support our work. Thank you. 


Final Task of the year is next Thursday - extreme clean-up of the Longstone bend

The last task of 2018 on Thursday 14th December. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 10.30 and we will head up to the Longtone bend where the Murray burn joins the river. The areas is a mess but access is tricky so we will need some experienced waders.

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers for all you hard work this year. The river would be a very mess place without you.