The Big Plastic Count

Plastic waste: what can we do? By Hilary Patrick Voice for Arran readers will, I am sure, share my concern about the amount of plastic waste we generate. Many like me will try to buy loose fruit and vegetables, or you might now be visiting the Ecosavvy Zero Waste Cafes. Arran Think About Plastic group is …

What sort of leaders do we need in 2022?

An article by Sally Campbell. Featured image depicts a cartoon from the 1940s of Sir William Beveridge battling his five giants of poverty. “Strategies for survival in a World of Permanent White Water” Peter Vaill 1996 The crisis with leadership in the UK is concerning many of us at the present time. Just as our …

Poetry in the mountains

The Arran Mountain Festival is taking place in May and there are still spaces on all coached mountain running sessions. There are also some spaces left on poetry mountain walk, which you can read more about it below. Over the next couple of weeks, the organisers will be posting on their Facebook page about any …

Poems for May

My Birthday Present Seventy-nine, seventy-nine, I say it over, and every time it sounds peculiar. Is it a prime? It’s a queer number, seventy-nine. I will enter my eightieth year tomorrow evening somewhere near six o’clock, around dinnertime, my mother told me. That’s a queer hour to be born, or to enter an eightieth year. …

Mountains of the Heart

By Sue Brooks, published on Caught by the River on 8th April 2022 In the company of Robert Macfarlane and W.H. Murray, Sue Brooks traverses icy terrains of the heart and mind. In the deep midwinter of 2022, Robert Macfarlane returned to Rannoch Moor to commemorate the 75th year of the publication of a book …

Sannox and the Macmillans

By David Pott In a secluded spot on the Isle of Arran stands an attractive church which has a strong Macmillan association and which this year celebrates its 200th anniversary. Sannox Congregational Church was built in 1822, but its history prior to the building of the church itself is a particularly fascinating one… In 1800 …

The Arran GeoPark Ecology Reading Group

An update from John Page on the the Arran GeoPark reading group: The first enjoyable short meeting took place by Zoom on 19th April. It is hoped that further monthly meetings might be able to take place in person and possible venues were discussed. Malcolm Wilkinson set the context for the group and gave background …

News from the Arran Community Land Initiative

Tree Planting During the winter months we held monthly volunteer tree planting sessions. Around 10 people came along each time and we estimate we planted around 600 native deciduous trees. These include Willow, Hazel, Rowan, Bird Cherry, Oak, Aspen and Birch. ACLI has further areas suitable for tree planting in future years. We hope to …

Why UK’s ‘treasured free-market economy’ will not achieve net zero

By Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey, writing in The Conversation 13th April 2022. Featured image shows Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng talking about the new energy security strategy. Credit: Skynews As luck would have it, the UK government launched its …

The Eco Savvy Zero Waste Cafe

Eco Savvy runs a Zero Waste Cafe every Wednesday alternating between Lochranza and Catacol Village Hall and St Molios Hall in Shiskine. Article by Ruth McLaren, Eco Savvy project coordinator. What is a “Zero Waste Cafe”? Each week there will be a small “cafe” with tea, coffee, baking and soup available. There is also a …