environment


Free event – 29th May 2018: Peat-free gardening

Are you thinking about going PEAT-FREE in your garden? The CEI invites you to a FREE talk and sampling session at Cumnock Town Hall on Tuesday 29th May, 14:15 – 15:45. We’ll be exploring all there is to know about the benefits of going PEAT-FREE at home, work or in a community space. There will […]


CEI on film – Peat, people and partnerships

We are excited to bring you ‘Peat, people and partnerships’ a film about the East Ayrshire Coalfield Nature Network project! The film highlights achievements of the project and also unveils plans for the future, including a new ‘Nature Network Legacy’ project which will run between 2018 and 2020 and deliver […]


Celebration event marks successful Nature Network project

Forty people gathered in New Cumnock Town Hall on the evening of Thursday 19th April to celebrate the successes of Nature Network, a large-scale environmental project delivered by the East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI). Nature Network ran between 2013 and 2018 and was part of EcoCo LIFE, a Central Scotland-wide […]


Celebrating East Ayrshire’s restored peat bogs for World Water Day

The East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment celebrated the United Nations World Water Day with a guided walk at a restored peat bog on Saturday 24th March. People enjoyed a sunny Saturday morning exploring Low Moss near Lugar in an event aimed at raising awareness of the importance of healthy peatlands. The guided […]


Volunteer Day: Thursday 22nd February, Hydrology Survey at Common Farm

Peatland enhancement works were carried out at Common Farm (near Shiel Farm) during November and December 2017 and a series of dipwells were installed to allow us to monitor changes in water levels across the site. On February 22nd we’ll be taking the first dipwell readings since the work was […]


Practical People Power

SNH’s Phil Baarda discusses the contribution that volunteers are making to conservation of bogs across Central Scotland in his latest blog entry for Scotland’s Nature, ‘Practical People Power’. Take a look, you might spot a few familiar faces! If you’re interested in becoming a CEI volunteer please contact CEI Project Officer […]


Latest peatland enhancement – update!

The East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI) is delighted to have rounded off 2017 with the completion of a new phase of peatland enhancement at Common Farm, near Cumnock, East Ayrshire. This brings the area of peatland enhanced by the CEI within the East Ayrshire coalfields to 450 hectares! Common Farm was […]


Winter walks in New Cumnock

Looking for a little winter walk inspiration in East Ayrshire? Then why not check out the lovely series of walks provided by the New Cumnock Access Network Routes? This network of paths was developed by the CEI in 2012 to improve access to the envrionment around New Cumnock. The routes […]


International Volunteers Day

Today is #InternationalVolunteersDay so we’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who have helped over the years and continue to make a massive contribution to our work across the East Ayrshire Coalfield! If you’d like to find out what they’ve been up to lately, […]


Funding secured to renew industrialised heartland of East Ayrshire

The Coalfield Environment Initiative has worked with partners of the Coalfield Communities Landscape Partnership to secure a £2.56m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund* The Coalfield Communities Landscape Partnership will work with communities to deliver interlinked projects that address environmental issues, enhance and intepret historic structures, facilitate access to the landscape […]