Trees with Altitude

Tom Bowser, Head Ranger of Argaty Red Kites, explores the value of montane woodland and discovers an exciting new restoration plan to return small trees to the mountain environment. “Trees don’t grow at altitudes of over 500 metres.” It’s a comment that we frequently hear. Have we become so used to barren hillsides, devoid of …

Woodland Burials – an option for Arran?

Recently on the Arran Community Forum webpages there has been mention of woodland burials as an option for the island, so here is some information from an organisation in Wales, The Eternal Forest Trust, who provide funeral, burial and dedication services in a peaceful woodland setting. From the Eternal Forest Trust website “Woodland burial means …

Preventing Suicide

Local MSP Kenneth Gibson writes here about a new panel that the Scottish government has set up to help people affected by suicide.  On World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September 2019, the SNP Government announced a new panel to inform and educate on ways to prevent suicide. The Lived Experiences Panel will be made up …

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

A highly successful Macmillan Coffee Morning took place at the end of September, at the Trust Housing, McKelvie Road in Lamlash, organised by Julia Le Masurier. Words by Alice Maxwell, photos by Mairi Simpson. Julia was inspired to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support after seeing the invaluable help the Macmillan nurses gave her sister …

Arran Ferry Action Group meeting with Cal Mac

Summary of Committee Meeting with CalMac at the Auchrannie Resort, Brodick Tuesday 10th September 2019 Present: Sally Campbell, Robert Cumming, John Ford, Sam Bourne, Chris Attkins (Secretary), Robbie Drummond, Managing Director of CalMac Ferries Ltd and Stuart Wilson, Group Communications Director at David MacBrayne Ltd. Apologies: Gavin Fulton, Bob Haddow, Sharon Shenhav Introduction Sally Campbell …

Marine News

BY JOHN KINSMAN, Coastwatch St Monans, East Fife Nessie Believers Nessie believers will need more than an expert study to be persuaded the monster is not real. The legendary beast has split opinion for decades and will for decades more. But what is not up for debate is the fact she attracts visitors to the …