Root and Branch

Writer and rewilding campaigner, Gordon Eaglesham, explores the astonishing natural history of the magical oak tree. First published in the November issue of Think Like A Mountain. For more information see Scotland: The Big Picture Few species demonstrate the inter-connectedness of nature better than the oak. A single tree can create and support an entire …

Glen Rosa Woodland Revival

The National Trust for Scotland are hosting a volunteer tree planting day next week on Thursday 5th December, to help with our landscape scale woodland revival project in Glen Rosa. Their aim for the week – to plant 1,000 trees in one of Scotland’s most dramatic landscapes; Glen Rosa on the Isle of Arran. Generously …

A Global Ocean Treaty ties in with the Climate Emergency

Sally Campbell, Arran resident and marine scientist, reports on the progress of the work of Greenpeace in developing a Global Ocean Treaty with countries across the world. My privilege this last two years has been to represent a major funding donor by participating in progress reporting and discussion within the Greenpeace team in one of …

Join the Eco Savvy sustainable food programme

Sustainable Food Coordinator at Eco Savvy, Jess tells us about their sustainable food programme and encourages readers to sign up. It is definitely high up on my list of eco things to do. And further on below, see their call for recipe contributions, as they are compiling a fantastic Eco Savvy cookbook! At Eco Savvy …

A statement on Brexit from the Scottish Creel Fisherman’s Federation

Brexit Situation Statement ‘Seas Of Opportunity’. Only for the few. Those who stand to gain most from exiting the EU are wringing their hands in delight at the prospect. But let us consider those within Coastal Communities who stand to lose most; many with the real prospect of losing their markets and livelihoods. Scotland’s inshore …

Glasgow event to show solidarity with Chilean protestors

Putting people and planet first, from Chile to Glasgow An event organised by Friends of the Earth, Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) and Glasgow Supports Chile Sunday 1st December, 2-9pm STUC, 333 Woodlands Rd, Glasgow While political unrest and mass protests continue in Chile, the Chilean community in Glasgow is teaming up with trade unions …

The Climate Emergency

Environmental campaigner, marine ecologist and Arran resident, Sally Campbell, assesses here the lack of funding currently being invested in tackling the climate emergency and suggests that after the election next month, whoever is in government will need to start making extensive but in no way unimaginable changes in public expenditure and to the country’s tax …

Draught proof your home with secondary glazing

Glaze & Save are magnetic secondary glazing and draught proofing specialists – “Our award-winning flagship bespoke magnetic secondary glazing InvisiTherm® is an innovative polycarbonate secondary glazing that turns single glazing into double glazing, eliminating the need to replace windows.” On 15th November, Dr Tanya Ewing, inventor and businesswoman, came to talk about her company’s secondary …

Growing Scotland’s Circular Economy – the Cumbernauld Tool Library

TOOL libraries function on a membership basis, but allow access to a range of tools (and sports equipment, games, and craft equipment) to be borrowed and shared. With Eco Savvy currently planning exciting future projects, including development of circular economies on Arran, a tool library could definitely be an option to increase recycling, and the …

Arts Coordinator back in post at the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust

Eileen Kerr, project coordinator of the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust, is back in post and here she tells us about the organisation’s plans for the coming year and shares her vision for arts on Arran. She would love to hear from readers with ideas they have for the arts on the island, her contact …