Britain needs a National Nature Service to power a green recovery

By Ben Goldsmith, originally published in Reaction, 7th July 2020 The most effective back-to-work peacetime programme ever conceived was America’s 1930’s Civilian Conservation Corps which put three million young people back in employment. They planted three billion trees, established seven hundred new national parks, installed flood protection across a continent, and more. The Corps was …

Research shows public support for putting nature at the heart of recovery plans

New research by the RSPB shows there is huge public support for putting nature at the heart of Coronavirus recovery plans. In this post, Emma Marsh, director of RSPB, reports that increasing access to nature and natural greenspace is essential to building a more equitable and environmentally resilient society. Published first at Wildlife and Countryside …

A tourism recovery taskforce for Scotland

New Tourism Taskforce Established Local MSP Kenneth Gibson reports on a new taskforce that has been set up by the Scottish government to help businesses affected by the pandemic. As we slowly ease out of lockdown, a new taskforce has been created by the SNP Government to consider and drive forward the recovery of Scotland’s …

We’re All In This Together

We’re All In This Together – by Alice Maxwell In recent months the term “isolation” has become synonymous with the grim reality of living with Covid 19. The word has come to evoke people dying alone, without the support of their loved ones, families separated, and an increase in mental illness caused by intense loneliness. …

Lockdown on Holy Isle

Lockdown on Holy Isle – by Niamh Margaret Dillon Niamh is a parishioner of St Augustine’s Church, Milton, and has spent lockdown on Holy Isle during her gap year. Niamh will soon go to study law at Edinburgh University. First published here. The featured images shows volunteers on a pilgrimage (pre-Lockdown) to St Molaise’ cave …

Protection

By Alison Page, first published in the Lamlash Church Newsletter, Spring 2020. It’s Thursday at 8pm. I’m standing clapping in recognition of the NHS, the care workers and all of those putting their own lives at risk during this pandemic when I spot the Trident submarine lurking in the waters around Holy Isle. It sends …

Free school meals extended over summer

A report by Kenneth Gibson MSP. Ahead of the official school holidays, the SNP Government has announced an additional £27.6 million to help feed pupils and other vulnerable people over the summer. Children eligible for free school meals are among those who will continue to be supported through funding that ensures councils are able to …