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 …

The Critical Path to Global Ocean Protection

“The Critical Path to Global Ocean Protection” Greenpeace’s strategy for Protecting 30% of our oceans by 2030 A report from Sally Campbell With all the focus on the sustainability of salmon fish farming off Arran’s spectacular coastline and questioning over its environmental impacts there is some encouraging news about our seas. After decades of industrial …

Utopianism inspires change

By Heather Alberro Climate breakdown, mass extinctions, and extreme inequality threaten the earth’s rich tapestry of life and leave our own fate increasingly uncertain. At a time of such social, political and ecological upheaval, it’s natural to dream of a utopian world in which these problems are no more – in fact, people have been …

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 …

The History of Earth Day

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Setting the stage for the first earth day The height of counterculture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” War raged in …

Extinction Rebellion ‘Begins at Home’

By Catherine Early Climate change campaigners are gearing up for action on an international day of protest on 15th April by encouraging activists to hold talks in their homes. Small venues are just as good as big for educating and enlisting new members, according to Extinction Rebellion (XR). Ahead of a planned international day of …

Arran, the Solar Island

A Report from Eco Savvy Sunlight is free, and many Arran households are implementing solar PV to capture this free resource, cut electricity costs and minimise fossil fuel dependence to benefit our environment. Eco Savvy is excited to report that out of the 25 households we are helping along in Solar PV projects, 4 installs …

Tonic of the Wilderness

Psychoterratica is the trauma caused by distance from nature By Ephrat Livni, published on the news website Quartz.com on February 24, 2019 You’ve got problems. Perhaps more than you know. Apart from all the usual woes—work, relationships, money, time—the civilized life may also be causing you psychological trauma. Disconnection from nature can be bad for …