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Coalfield To Wildwoods  – C2W – Spring Events

Eadha have just released their latest list of volunteering opportunities that you can get involved in during the Spring months. Peter and the team are inviting you to take part in Rewilding Activities, Nursery Workshops and all manners of tree planting across the CCLP area.  With lots of opportunities on offer there is surely a session to suit everyone, no matter what your level of ability or time commitment. We look forward to seeing you at one the sessions.

For more info on dates and times please contact Peter Livingstone:

or visit

Lost Villages – Exhibition

15th February – 4th May 2024

Opening on Thursday 15th February at The Baird Institute, Cumnock is The Lost Villages Exhibition. The exhibition is a culmination of a 4 year oral history project delivered by the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde and is in partnership with East Ayrshire Leisure Trust. The history of East Ayrshire’s Lost Villages has been recovered by collecting the stories of the families who lived in the miners’ rows in the villages of Benquhat, Commondyke, Burnfoothill, Glenbuck, Lethanhill and Darnconner.

The memories and experiences of the miners and their families are told through photographs, quotes, documents, maps, oral history, film and objects.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an engagement programme of in-gallery activity, a family fun day and a series of talks.

Lost Villages | East Ayrshire Leisure Trust

The Lost Villages | An Oral History of Miners’ Rows and Deindustrialisation in East Ayrshire, Scotland.

Past Events


Thursday 5th October – Sunday 8th October 2023

Members of the community who have been involved with the project from the start, will join other local people to perform A Musical Celebration of the Coalfields. The music will bring their story to life using everything that has been created along the way, from the music created to images submitted from the online workshops. This will be a unique opportunity for them to work alongside a professional team and professional musicians in public performances during The Cumnock Tryst Festival 2023.


A Musical Celebration of the Coalfields — The Cumnock Tryst

Sunday 1st October 2023

Sunday 1st October 11am – 3pm

Hannahston Community Woodland, Drongan

Free To Attend

Nature hunt for all the family, nature recording for adults with SWSEIC, bushcraft, tree planting, arts and crafts for all the family, face painting, Owl Magic, Drift Coffee Van and much more!

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Saturday 30th September 2023

The Lost Villages & CCLP invite you to our end of project celebration at the Dalmellington Community Centre on Saturday 30th September 2-4pm. We have stories, archive film footage, poetry and live music plus light refreshments.

Sunday 20th August 2023

Enjoy a guided walk with Ayrshire Rivers Trust , a delicious free lunch at Ochiltree Community Hub followed by a live musical performance by The Cumnock Tryst , what’s not to love???



Tuesday 15th August 2023

Pounce or scurry your way along to Tower Street Pocket Park on Tuesday 15th August from  10am for some Mammal Madness fun with East Ayrshire Leisure

Thursday 10th August 2023

Netherthird Community Gardens Family Fun Day (+ Hedgerows Habitat Celebration event)


Netherthird Community Gardens

The Netherthird Community Garden – Netherthird Community Centre (

Tuesday 8th August 2023

Pop along to either activity for some guaranteed fun this August! These rather lovely people will be there!! 👇🏻
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Unesco Biosphere

East Ayrshire Leisure

Cumnock Action Plan 2022 and beyond

Past Events


Monday 7th March 2022

‘Stories from the Raws’

The Lugar Heritage Centre and the Lost Villages of East Ayrshire project are recording stories of life in the miner’s rows in the Lugar area. 

We invite you to drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm on Monday 7th March 2022 to the Logan Church Hall to share your story, or your family’s story, about life in the mining communities.  

With many of the rows now gone, we want to record these important stories to preserve them for future generations so these histories are not lost. 

Refreshments are available. 

We are following Scottish Government guidelines on covid safety for this event. We encourage all participants to take a Lateral flow test before attending. 


More info on the Lost Villages website: 

Past Events


Sunday 12th September 2021

Eadha Enterprises is delivering the Coalfields to Wildwoods Project which seeks to engage local communities in East Ayrshire to grow native trees for planting on former opencast coal mines to help regenerate the land and communities.

We will be leading a guided walk through beautiful Glen Afton to explore the native hazel woodlands to be found there.Local historian Stuart Douglas will also be presenting some of the ancient and modern history of the area.

We will be collecting tree seeds including hazel, cherry and blackthorn for future propagation. There will be demonstration of seed preparation.

The walk will take in the Burn Cairn and there is the possibility of a visit to the mining memorial too (an extra 0.5km).

Meet at New Cumnock old cemetery at 10am.
Parking along Afton Road.

Please note that this is a 3.5km round walk so a degree of fitness is required.

Bring a packed lunch if you wish.

Please register your interest.

Contact: Peter Livingstone, CEO, Eadha Enterprises

07968 745196 – Twitter Facebook

Saturday 28th August 2021

Eadha Enterprises is delivering the Coalfields to Wildwoods Project which seeks to engage local communities in East Ayrshire to grow native trees for planting on former opencast coal mines to help regenerate the land and communities.

We will be leading a guided walk around the fascinating Knockshinnoch Lagoons wildlife reserve managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. This is one of the best examples of a rewilding coal mine. We will be presenting the history and ecology of the site, investigating
the amazing wildlife to be found at the site and collecting tree seeds from these mine adapted trees for propagation.

At the end of the walk participants will have the chance to make seed bombs.

The event should take around 2-3 hours.

Meet at the reserve carpark on the B741 at 10am.
The reserve can also be accessed via a lane off the A76 through the town: take the first right after the bridge over the river when approaching from the north.

Bring a drink and snack if you wish.

Please register your interest.

Contact: Peter Livingstone, CEO, Eadha Enterprises

07968 745196 – Twitter Facebook

Sunday 25th July 2021

Cumnock History Group invites the local farming community to the launch of the Ploughing Up Our Past farms project with a visit to the Cumnock Heritage Centre on the 25th of July 2021.

Butter making workshops for children. Make and eat some real butter!

See the amazing collection of farm vehicles and equipment in the Cumnock Heritage Centre. There’s also Cumnock Pottery and Mauchline Ware, an old police station and lots more.

Timed and ticketed entry: Book here

Entry is limited by number and in timed sessions, and you must have a free ticket from the link below. Children under 12 do not need a ticket as long as they are with a ticket holder. Children can try their hand at butter making, and eating it!

CHG members will be on hand to chat and you can bring along any photos, old maps and tacks and other memorabilia such as medals and we can scan or photograph for inclusion in the project.

The Centre houses an amazing array of farm vehicles and equipment. There is also a replica police station and the Bill Reid Collection of photos of lorries. Jimmy McGhee has some of his Cumnock Pottery and Mauchline Ware there too.

Please observe Covid regulations as per the government guidelines at the time.

Refreshments will be available. It is a free event, but you may, if you wish, leave a donation in Jim’s box for the upkeep of the Heritage Centre.

Any enquiries about the project or the event email or phone project leader Kay McMeekin, chair of Cumnock History Group on 07949 781 287

Coalfield Communities
Landscape Partnership
The Opera House
8 John Finnie St
East Ayrshire

Telephone: (not available – working from home at the moment)
01563 503 276


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