Consultations on Circular Economy launched in Scotland

Proposals to help tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis by supporting Scotland’s transition to a zero waste and circular economy have been launched. By Tony Corbin, 30th May, published in Packaging News The measures, designed to significantly increase reuse and recycling rates, and modernise and improve waste and recycling services, are set out in two …

The Big Plastic Count 2022

By Sally Campbell We are all using too much plastic in buying food, and plastic wrapping with just about everything else. The UK produces more plastic packaging per person than almost any other country in the world – only the US is worse. And if things carry on as they are, the amount of single …

A summer of storytelling with Marty Ross

Arran is set to gain its own outdoor storytelling theatre this Summer as locals and visitors are treated to a series of free traditional storytelling walks from June to September, delivered by professional storyteller and Arran-resident Marty Ross. As part of Scotland’s Year of Stories and under the auspices of Roots of Arran – the …

The Arran Mountain Festival poetry walk

By Alice Maxwell On Friday 13th May the Scottish poet Stuart B Campbell led a trek up the Goatfell valley from Corrie, with a group of would-be poets, myself included. Stuart was born in Lanark and was commissioned to write the poetry for the book The Great Mountain Crags of Scotland and for the award-winning …

Language in the Landscape walks with Arran Geopark

Arran Geopark are running a series of “Language in the Landscape” walks throughout the season. The walks explore the influence of Gaelic culture and language on the island. Language and the natural environment are very closely intertwined, and place names includes can provide unique glimpses into what Arran looked in previous centuries. No prior knowledge …

Yew know me so well

By Anita Roy Published on 3rd May 2022 on The Ecologist. website. The article first appeared in the current issue of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine.  Visiting a 3,000-year-old neighbour Tree time is slow time. Stand by an old tree for a while and watch how your fast, animal body responds. Your breath lengthens, your heart …

Epigrams for June

Three Epigrams from Chang Ch’ao (17th century)   Flowers must have butterflies, mountains must have streams, rocks must have moss, the ocean must have seaweed, old trees must have creepers, and people must have obsessions. * Only when you can take leisurely what the world is busy about, can you be busy about what the …

Merkland Wood part of the Jubilee Ancient Canopy

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), has unveiled a nationwide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees to be dedicated to Her Majesty in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. The Arran Ranger Service report:  The National Trust for Scotland is delighted that Merkland Wood at …

Two Hydro Schemes on Arran

By Helen Ross – Chair, Arran Eco Savv, April 2022 • The two Hydro Schemes illustrated here, each generate 500kW electricity when at full power. This is enough to power approximately 400 homes per year or boil approximately 160 electric kettles constantly (one electric kettle uses a maximum 3kW of electricity whilst boiling). • There …

Scottish Government’s plans will “squeeze the life” from inshore fisheries

Scottish Government’s plans will “sacrifice cod stocks” and “squeeze the life” from inshore fisheries, say campaigners. A press release from the Our Seas Coalition. Featured image credit: Thinkstock. Campaigners have slammed new Scottish Government plans that will allow trawlers to throw away fish at sea, further depleting fish stocks such as west coast cod. The Scottish …