Let’s grow a Woodland Nation

A new report published at the end of last month proposes a radical pathway for Scotland to become a Woodland Nation. In the following article, Rob Edwards from The Ferret takes a closer look at what this means. There seems to be consensus that the country needs to dramatically increase the number of trees. However there’s …

Guided walk with Arran Geopark and Arran Arts Heritage Trail

Join the Arran Geopark and Arran Arts Heritage Trail to explore some of the new Arran Arts Heritage Trail artists and locations. They will be guiding a walk around the Kingscross point on Thursday 15th July 2021 from 10am – 1pm A stroll from Whiting Bay to Kingscross point to discover how artist’s have been influenced …

Pioneer Project – June 2021 Update

In this article, The Pioneer Project reports on the progress being made at the different sites around the island and invites local readers to come along and get involved. The Corrie site is having its first volunteer day this coming Saturday 3rd July. All are welcome! The 2021 season is in full swing and work …

Community Landowners and the Climate Emergency

A report commissioned earlier this year by Community Land Scotland reveals the leading role played by community landowners in tackling the Climate Emergency. Community Landowners and the Climate Emergency shows how community landowners are punching above their weight in the fight to save the planet from climate change. It finds their contribution far outweighs the …

So, what is marine plankton bloom?

In this article Sally Campbell explains the why we have been experiencing the bright blue seas around Arran over the last month. Featured image shows Lamlash Bay waters 24th June 2021. Photo credit: Sally Campbell. Plankton are a diverse collection of microscopic plants and animals that live in the sea. Plankton blooms sometimes termed algal …

Reclaiming our Land book review

A book review of Rob Gibson’s ‘Reclaiming our Land’ *, by Malcolm Kerr. Scotland is recognised as having one of the most concentrated patterns of land ownership in the developed world. Less than 500 individuals own half of our privately-owned rural land, and 750,000 acres of this may be owned by companies registered in offshore …

McLellan Poetry Competition 2021

With the disappointing news that the McLellan Arts Festival will be postponed for another year, we are happy to report that the McLellan Poetry Competition is going ahead and open for submissions until 11th July. The McLellan Poetry Prize is awarded by the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust as part of the annual McLellan Arts …

Local author reaches £10,000 milestone for charity

The Voice caught up with local author Alison Page last month to find out how things have been going over the last year while life has slowed during the pandemic. Before retiring to live on the Isle of Arran, Alison worked in the civil service for many years, and it was during her days of …

SSC continue with North Arran Salmon Farm appeal

In their Summer newsletter COAST report that The Scottish Salmon Company have officially launched an appeal against the rejection of the planning application by North Ayrshire Planning Committee. Featured image credit James Appleton. North Arran Salmon Farm We are sad to report that the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) are persisting with their plans for an …