Take part in Climate Fringe Week

Climate Fringe Week is Scotland’s biggest call for action on climate change ahead of COP26, and will take place from 18-26 September 2021. With COP26 coming to Glasgow this November, this is a key time to bring about climate action amongst communities and the Scottish voice should be louder than ever. WHAT IS CLIMATE FRINGE …

The Pioneer Project – part of a wider alternative food movement

We bring recent news from two of the Pioneer Project sites in Arran, which alongside other organic growers on Arran such as Woodside Farm and Robin Gray’s Island Gourmet, is part of a developing movement of small scale food producers around Scotland.  As disruptions to our food chains due to Covid and Brexit continue, the …

Poem for September

The Wishing Tree I stand neither in the wilderness nor fairyland but in the fold of a green hill the tilt from one parish into another. To look at me through a smirr of rain is to taste the iron in your own blood because I hoard the common currency of longing: each wish each …

McLellan Poetry Competition 2021. The Results are in!

The McLellan Poetry Competition Winners Presentation Evening took place at the end of last month. Here is a review from the McLellan Poetry Competition committee and a list of this years winners and commended poems. The winning poem is reprinted below. Due to the continuing Covid uncertainty this year, the McLellan Arts Festival Committee sadly …

Treading the Boards Again

The welcome return of Whiting Bay Music and Drama group by Alice Maxwell. Featured image shows the actors in A Night of Nonsense. Tuesday evenings in August were a joyful experience in Whiting Bay, as the Music and Drama group reunited to perform six playlets, written by Chris and Jan Attkins. Billed as A Night of …

Farmer’s Market at Bellvue Farm 5th September

Arran Eco Savvy share news of the upcoming Farmer’s Market – We are excited to be working with Bellevue Farm – Holiday Cottages & Farm Tours in Blackwaterfoot, and Arran’s Food Journey to hold a farmers market at Bellevue Farm on Sunday 5th September! Come along to meet local producers, take a farm tour, see the …

Caley On Tour

Malcolm Kerr reports on The Caley Saltire’s upcoming visit to Arran and from where this Saltire has come. Featured image shows the Caley at Stirling Brig. The Caley Saltire will visit Arran on the weekend of 4th/5th September. Saturday 4th at the Ormidale Park, Brodick from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, then Brodick Beach. And North Sannox …

Polluters banned from COP26 public venues

By Brendan Montague writing in The Ecologist 20th August 2021 Glasgow City Council to ban big polluters from public venues during COP26 Corporations that “contribute towards catastrophic climate change” have been banned from public buildings during the COP26 conference this November by Glasgow City Council. A motion passed unanimously at a full council meeting is …

The Legacy of Rachel Carson

The Legacy of Rachel Carson by Sally Campbell The following quotations are at the front of Silent Spring: “Modern man no longer knows how to foresee or to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth from which he and other living creatures draw their food”. Albert Schweitzer (1956) Bulletin of International Union for the …

What does Silent Spring tell us about our marine environment in Scotland?

Following on her article about the life and work of Rachel Carson in this issue, Sally Campbell looks at the lessons we can learn from Silent Spring in order to address the damage that is being doing to marine ecosystems today. Featured image shows a Kelp forest. Credit: George Stoyle SNH. Out of sight and …