There was been a steady decline in the usage of the ‘Ning’ Balfron website over the past couple of years, and it was no longer worthwhile maintaining it as an ever increasing number of people make use of Facebook.

This site functions in a different way, and does not have the user interface that allows members to post their own articles, photographs, etc.  However, existing articles have a comment option, and you are invited to make use of that.

The majority of the content from the Ning site has been transferred here, but there are still some photographs to caption, and some still to be added. Some articles are still stubs – they await further content. You can help!

The search function is a good way to find articles, but so too is the Site Map.

Saving the Balfron Oak

First published: May 2013

Clachan Oak, the ancient sessile oak at the entrance to Balfron. Known locally as the Hanging Tree, it originally stood on the central green of the hamlet known as The Clachan, which later grew to become the village of Balfron. It was recorded in 1867 as being in a “flourishing condition”, and at that time was thought to be 330 years old and to have been struck by lightning 40 years before. Its short, squat trunk is now completely hollow, and held together by three iron hoops. But the hoops were not originally intended as an early form of tree surgery – they had a much more sinister purpose. Until the end of the 18th century it was common practice to chain petty criminals to the tree where they were subjected to merciless public ridicule. An iron collar was attached around the neck and connected by a length of chain to the iron hoop encircling the tree. This was known locally as “the jougs”. The practice apparently ended after one unfortunate woman was left forgotten, presumably while the husband visited the local pub, and died after falling and being strangled by the iron collar.” Source: Heritage Trees of Scotland, by Donald Rodger


The tree has shown a marked decline in vigour over the past few years and live shoot growth is now very sparse. The treatment carried out on Wednesday 24th May 2013 involved the injection of compressed air to a depth of 1m, which lifts the soil and opens it up to allow better penetration of oxygen and moisture into the rootzone. At the same time, a seaweed compound is injected through the probe, which spreads throughout the soil and this expands when it wets, helping to maintain the soil porosity. The video shows the soil lifting as each blast of air is released, and you can see the operator adding the seaweed from the orange bucket. This treatment should help to encourage new feeding roots to develop and will hopefully create a marked improvement in the overall health and vigour. As a further treatment, it is planned to remove the grass over a large part of the rootzone and replace this with a woodchip mulch. This has the effect of reducing moisture and nutrient competition from the grass, and also encourages the development of beneficial fungi which help the tree to absorb nutrients. Hopefully, the combination of treatments will allow the tree to survive for a good few years yet.

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We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

The Balfron website may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 6th May 2017.

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We may collect the following information:

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House sales in 2007

December 2007 – Average £282,320

• 17, Spinner Street, G63 0TP – Sold for £275,000 on 27-12-2007
• 17, Burns Begg Crescent, G63 0NR – Sold for £395,000 on 19-12-2007
• 44, Endrick Gardens, G63 0RD – Sold for £250,000 on 18-12-2007
• 15, Spokers Loan, G63 0PA – Sold for £123,000 on 17-12-2007
• 3, Lomond Terrace, G63 0PQ – Sold for £124,995 on 06-12-2007

November 2007 – Average £250,711

• 22, Burns Begg Crescent, G63 0NR – Sold for £276,000 on 21-11-2007
• 8, Buchanan Court, G63 0TZ – Sold for £185,217 on 16-11-2007
• The Moorlands, Strathview Terrace, G63 0PT – Sold for £525,000 on 14-11-2007
• 15, Burnsbegg Crescent, G63 0NB – Sold for £360,000 on 09-11-2007

October 2007 – Average £214,028

• 2, Greek Thomson Road, G63 0RE – Sold for £402,000 on 29-10-2007
• 1, Moor Road, G63 0PB – Sold for £131,000 on 21-10-2007
• 3, Roman Road, G63 0PW – Sold for £284,000 on 18-10-2007
• 19, South Lomond Terrace, G63 0PN – Sold for £26,880 on 17-10-2007
• 9, Spokers Loan, G63 0PA – Sold for £130,000 on 11-10-2007

Spetember 2007 – Average £161,575

• 8, Greek Thomson Road, G63 0RE – Sold for £189,500 on 27-09-2007
• 54, Endrick Gardens, G63 0RD – Sold for £405,000 on 25-09-2007
• 3, Hillhead Brae, G63 0TH – Sold for £37,000 on 23-09-2007
• 13, Cattermills, G63 0BB – Sold for £125,000 on 21-09-2007
• 8, Spinner Street, G63 0TP – Sold for £80,000 on 19-09-2007
• 40, Kirkmill Road, G63 0TJ – Sold for £145,000 on 18-09-2007

August 2007 – Average £248,533

• East Barn, Drumtian Steading, G63 0NP – Sold for £500,000 on 24-08-2007
• 4, Buchanan Court, G63 0TZ – Sold for £125,000 on 09-08-2007
• 50, Kirkmill Road, G63 0TJ – Sold for £375,000 on 03-08-2007
• 8, Cotton Street, G63 0TD – Sold for £185,000 on 02-08-2007
• 3, George Terrace, G63 0PJ – Sold for £206,595 on 01-08-2007

Average house sale price, August – December 2007 – £230,203

A duplicate entry may mean that:
• the purchase was shared between nore than one buyer
• more than one lot was sold for a combined price

House sales in 2008
House sales in 2009

House sales in 2009

December 2009

• Buchanan Arms Hotel, Main Street, Drymen, G63 0BG – Sold for £2,275,000 on 30-11-2009
• 31, Endrick Gardens, Balfron, G63 0RD – Sold for £250,000 on 25-11-2009
• 12, Dunkeld Court, Balfron, G63 0TN – Sold for £150,000 on 23-11-2009
• 147, Buchanan Street, Balfron, G63 0TE – Sold for £125,000 on 19-11-2009
• Mains Of Glinns, Balfron, G63 0LS – Sold for £621,000 on 13-11-2009
• 1, Donaldson Way, Balfron, G63 0RF – Sold for £250,000 on 11-11-2009
• 13, Strathview Terrace, Balfron, G63 0PU – Sold for £152,000 on 09-11-2009

November 2009

• 20, Kiltrochan Drive, Balfron, G63 0QJ – Sold for £350,000 on 30-10-2009
• 5, Roman Road, Balfron, G63 0PW – Sold for £249,995 on 27-10-2009
• 14, South Lomond Terrace, Balfron, G63 0PN – Sold for £87,000 on 20-10-2009
• Mid Shandon, Coldrach Farm Road, Drymen, G63 0EA – Sold for £600,000 on 11-10-2009
• Glenelg, G63 0EU – Sold for £550,000 on 11-10-2009
• Indians Farm, Balfron, G63 0QN – Sold for £100,000 on 07-10-2009

October 2009

• The Old School, Balfron Station, G63 0SQ – Sold for £407,250 on 27-09-2009
• Upper Balwill, Balfron Station, G63 0QY – Sold for £1,600,000 on 16-09-2009
• Upper Balwill, Balfron Station, G63 0QY – Sold for £1,600,000 on 16-09-2009
• 38, Endrick Gardens, Balfron, G63 0RD – Sold for £57,500 on 09-09-2009
• Indians Cottage, Balfron Stati0n, G63 0QN – Sold for £399,999 on 03-09-2009

September 2009

• Gaisland Cottage, Balfron, G63 0SG – Sold for £960,000 on 13-08-2009
• Gaisland House, Balfron, G63 0SG – Sold for £960,000 on 13-08-2009
August 2009

• 12, Spinner Street, Balfron, G63 0TP – Sold for £75,000 on 08-07-2009
• 11, Shepherds Court, Balfron, G63 0TN – Sold for £81,000 on 03-07-2009

July 2009

• 2, Dominie Park, Balfron, G63 0NA – Sold for £227,500 on 22-06-2009
• Plot 28 Rowardennan Lodges, Rowardennan, G63 0AW – Sold for £163,000 on 17-06-2009
• 15, Roman Road, Balfron, G63 0PW – Sold for £36,800 on 11-06-2009
• 1 The Old Manse, Station Road, Balfron, G63 0SX – Sold for £165,000 on 01-06-2009

April, May and June 2009 – no reports

March 2009

• 70, Buchanan Street, Balfron, G63 0TW – Sold for £65,500 on 24-02-2009
• 66, Buchanan Street, Balfron, G63 0TW – Sold for £65,500 on 24-02-2009
• 12, Greek Thomson Road, Balfron, G63 0RE – Sold for £175,000 on 03-02-2009

February 2009  – no reports

January 2009

• 11, Printers Row, Balfron, G63 0RH – Sold for £157,522 on 23-12-2008
• The Lodge House, North Lodge, Ballindalloch, G63 0SX – Sold for £4,000 on 22-12-2008
• The Lodge House, North Lodge, Ballindalloch, G63 0SX – Sold for £20,566 on 22-12-2008

A duplicate entry may mean that:
• the purchase was shared between nore than one buyer
• more than one lot was sold for a combined price

House sales in 2008
House sales in 2007

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Recycling and waste disposal

BALFRON’S former civic amenity site has been converted into a more accessible Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) which can accept a wider range of materials for recycling.The number of recycling skip containers has been doubled and access to these has been improved via wider fixed walkways.

And the site now has skips to recycle garden waste, wood and chipboard, and mixed metals. A skip for mixed household waste also is available.

New signage around the HWRC will direct users to the designated areas or bring banks for electrical items, TVs and monitors, computers, fridges/freezers, bicycles, car batteries, engine oil, gas bottles, cardboard (with tape and staples removed), Tetrapak food and drink cartons, textiles, shoes, handbags, cans, glass bottles and jars, paper of all kinds, CDs, books, DVDs and VHS tapes.

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Stirling bins

Environment portfolio holder Councillor Jim Thomson said: “We can all do our bit to recycle more of our household waste and this improved recycling centre in Balfron makes it easier for residents who live in our rural areas.

“The upgrading of the recycling centre in Callander, in addition to our Lower Polmaise facility completed last year, will provide residents with improved facilities to recycle a wide range of materials.”

Stirling Council currently recycles 39% of all waste collected, one of the highest recycling rates in the country.

The Balfron HWRC is located in Dunkeld Court beside the fire station and behind the Co-operative.

Opening hours are Monday-Friday 5-8pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm. An attendant will be on site to provide assistance to residents on the new layout and operating procedures.

Information on your bin collection days and coloured bins can be found in the ‘My Pages’ section of the Stirling website.

Note: This article was written in 2009.