Join us on Friday 27th September in Kippford Village Hall for Tea, Coffee, and Cake. Entry £5, with the full amount going to the Macmillan Cancer Charity.

Tickets available from Colvend Shop; Gowans of Dalbeatie; emailing

Antiques Valuation

02 Sep 2019

Friday 4th October 2019.  1-4pm in Kippford Village Hall

£5.00 per item (max two items).  Professionally valued by Thomson Roddick Valuers, Dumfries

For those of you who have yet to check out what we’ve been doing in the bottom field of the nature reserve, here’s a bird’s eye view.

The 17th August 2019 saw our popular annual Fun Dog Show in the Village.  We were delighted to welcome dogs from the village, and visitors and their four-legged friends from around the region, and beyond.

Thanks to everyone who came along and made it a huge success.  We raised £912 for the Dumfries & Galloway Canine Rescue Centre.

It’s been a 5 month wait, but finally the Forestry Commission has approved our native woodland planting and confirmed that the grant payment will be in our bank account by the end of this month. By doing the planting ourselves we have minimised the costs and will have a few hundred pounds surplus to add to the community funds. Many thanks to everyone who volunteered.

The full lengths of the 1.8m and 1.2m paths have been excavated and laid with sub-base. Several culverts have been dug to direct the run-off of surface water and have been severely tested during the downpours of the past few days.

You may have noticed the road closure sign on the entrance to Kippford from the A710 Dalbeattie Road.

Merse Way AGM 2019

01 Aug 2019

The Merse Way AGM for 2019 is on 12 August 2019, in the village hall.  From 7pm


Work is pushing on with the first paths in the Kippford Community Nature Reserve.

Recent rain has made working conditions a little more difficult, but Dempster’s are still making very good progress.

The tray (trench) for the 1.8m path has been fully excavated and the sub-base material should be finished in the next couple of days. There are then 6 culverts to be installed.

Work on the footpaths commenced this morning.

The team from Dempster Plant Ltd arrived at 7.30 am and were soon cutting the route of the path out into the lower field. The project will take a few weeks to complete, during which time you are likely to see deliveries of hardcore and timber arriving at the lower gate.

We will post some photos as soon as the first section of path is laid.

We are continuing to refine the plans for the arboretum. The latest list of birch (betula) species is given below. For those interested, you can see what they look like on Google Images.

Mid-summer and the trees are doing very well. It’s surprising to see so many having reached the top of their tubes in less than 4 months - testimony to the skills of the planting team!

After an extensive consultation, and tendering process, we have appointed a contractor to construct the initial pathways within the Kippford Community Nature Reserve.

This is the initial proposal for the arboretum. It will be revised in light of feedback we receive from the Kippford groups and advice we receive from the various plant and landscaping experts we consult.

Please note that Kevin Gibson (developer)  has advised that he will be closing the lower access from Merse Way through his new development and that this closure will take place with immediate effect.

UPDATE:  Pedestrian access is now available, however please be aware this is a working site and this may change.  Take care when walking.

This decision has been made for health and safety reasons and, whilst no timescale has been given, the closure is expected to be temporary. For the time being, there will therefore be no pedestrian or vehicular access.


24 Apr 2019

If you go down to the woods today.... Hog House Hill has a stunning display of spring bluebells carpeting the floor

Sowing the seeds

23 Apr 2019

Following the survey of the Nature Reserve, instigated by Val Bradbury conducted by David Hawker( Botanical Recorder for Kirkcudbrightshire), David advised on the ideal mix of wild flower seeds for our reserve.