Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Badger Trail and Hide

Badger Trail and Hide

A woodland walk round the estate (forming a loop off the fife coastal path), taking about 45 minutes to complete, is a popular walk with visitors and locals.

Cambo Institute has created a badger trail and disabled access to the woodlands by making new paths that will allow wheelchairs and access to a badger watching area where benches will be provided. This has been possible thanks to support and funding from Fife Environment Trust, Leader in Fife and Awards for All.

The estate has several badger setts but one in particular is especially suited for badger watching. It is large and quite close to the main driveway but at a distance from the main road which is an advantage as it is unlikely to become the target for unscrupulous people who may dig out the badgers for baiting.

The badger hide is now complete and operational. If you are interested in using the badger hide simply get in touch with us or Scottish Badgers.

Monday, 27 January 2014

A Midwinter Night's Dream

A  uniquely refreshingly way to enjoy Shakespeare is on offer this February with a Promenade performance of a Midwinter Nights Dream amidst the beautiful snowdrops of Cambo Estate Fife on the 11th and Fingask Castle Perthshire on the 22 & 23.
Lady Catherine Erskine says ‘we are delighted to host the Highland Shakespeare Company’s exciting production at snowdrop time, we have over 350 varieties of snowdrops at Cambo, and several named after Shakespeare’s ladies, and so are particularly looking forward to having Titania and Hippolyta here amongst their Courts, Puck, Oberon and all the players.
Audiences are asked to dress for an hour and a half’s walk outside and wear a tartan or similar blanket, to blend into the environment. The CafĂ© at Cambo will be open before and after the performance serving hot drinks, soup, mulled wine ext. 
The Highland Shakespeare Company was formed after the terrific success of The Tempest at last years Edinburgh Festival Fringe and subsequent tour to Fingask Castle Perthshire and Belladrum Estate in the Highlands. Inspired by the audiences response and encouraged by Patron and Executive Producer Richard Demarco's instruction to follow their hearts.
 ‘The vision of the Highland Shakespeare Company is to enchant audiences by bringing the bard's work to life in stunning outdoor locations. To invite the audience into a magical world where these epic yet touching stories can be found under the stars & amidst the trees of our very own Arden Forests. It seams very apt to launch Shakespeare’s birthday year amidst the first flowers of the year’ explains HSC Artistic Director Sunny Moodie.
‘Work on the production has drawn together fresh and talented young people who share a love of Shakespeare & performance; new music is being composed, dance sequences choreographed, costumes made, lines learned and characters developed. We have drawn from the powerful, elemental and evocative quarrel of Oberon & Titania for the theme of Midwinter:  'through this distemperature we see the seasons alter, hoary headed frost in the fresh lap of a crimson rose'. There is a truly timeless quality to Shakespeare.’
Performances last about 1, 1.2 hrs and begin at 5.15, audiences book by emailing: or book online
HSC are grateful to the many in the Highlands who have given much inkind support to the venture: The Gerald Laing Art Foundation for Studio Space, The Greenhouse Community Initiative, Belladrum, Fingask and Cambo for much expert advice, to Moving Arts for Costumes and Lighting, and Justin Scobie Photography for his stunning images. 
Conon Brae Farm Conon Bridge Rossshire IV7 8AG
Artistic Director: Sunny Moodie TEL 07759087320
Production Assistant: Lizzie McDougall TEL  01349 63726

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

The Sawmill

The Sawmill (originally referred to as The Dairy), a 2-storey, 3-bay building with an advanced and pedimented centre bay, built of red sandstone with a piended roof. was converted by Cambo Institute’s ‘Cambo Green Team’ to form their base and funding has been acquired for solar panels and a composting toilet.

It is now being transformed to become one of the few ‘Men’s Sheds’ in Scotland as wood-turning machinery and tools are installed. Men’s Sheds have a similar ethos to a Green Gym.

A Volunteer Support Grant of £7,500 has been awarded for therapeutic woodwork groups which will take place in the sawmill and £1750 has been awared for the supply of equipment for helpers and hire of workshop.

The Cambo Green Team, under the guidance of Woodland Educator, Jon Warnes, meet every Wednesday at Cambo Sawmill and a lift is available from St. Andrews.

Tea /coffee are provided and people are advised to wear outdoor working clothes. Get in touch if you want to join in!