A gathering to commemorate ArCas’ 30th anniversary

There was a short but meaningful gathering at Pirnmill on 16th May to commemorate the 30th anniversary of ArCas and in particular the contribution which founder, the late Frances Harwood, made in setting up the organisation. Douglas Johnston from ArCaS gratefully received a beautiful, hand crafted mahogany and wrought iron bench presented to the charity …

The sanctity of growth is blocking our future

Richard Lane from Extinction Rebellion Glasgow says that if the economic bottom line continues to be growth, climate action will not get close to tackling the extent of the ecological crisis we face. There can’t be anyone now who doesn’t appreciate that we’re living in a period of ecological emergency. Extinction Rebellion and the Youth …

Saving the lives of mothers and babies

In this article North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson, reports on a debate she led at Westminster on an issue very close to her, concerning the dangerous condition in pregnancy known as pre-eclampsia. Every year, around 40,000 women globally die from complications in pregnancy because of a devastating condition called pre-eclampsia, a condition characterized …

20p for a Clean Planet – Scotland Leads the way with the Circular Economy

Published in online paper Bella Caledonia 09.05.19 The environmental movement is racking up victories as consciousness breaks through and policy catches up. Environmental campaigners today welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of the scope of Scotland’s deposit return system, which will be the first country in the UK to introduce such a scheme. Ministers have confirmed …

Action on Littering and Packaging

Kenneth Gibson, Arran’s local MSP, discusses the problem of litter and sets out some of the actions being taken by the Scottish government under the National Litter Strategy. The recent announcement of the introduction of a deposit return scheme (see also the article in this issue ’20 p for a clean climate’), will also reduce …

The Tree That Danced

An essay by Margaret Elphinstone, published in Bella Caledonia on 10th May 2019 I watched you grow through the seasons and the years. You reached your full height, but you were still slim and unscarred, your bark a faintly-striped grey-white. Bare branches bent before the winter winds, giving way with grace and never breaking. But …

‘Wilding’, a Review

A review of Isabella Tree’s book Wilding, by Alice Maxwell Isabella Tree’s wonderful book Wilding gives hope and inspiration in the face of looming environmental crisis. It is a superbly written account of how Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell abandon their unprofitable, intensive farm on their Knepp estate in Sussex and instead allow nature …

25th Arran Folk Festival 7th – 9th June 2019

Here is some news from Arran Events about the upcoming Folk Festival, with details on the exciting evening concerts. There are still tickets left, including the 2-day passes, but they are selling fast! Tickets are available to buy online from www.arranevents.com or in person from Brodick Post office. Friday 7th June Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth …