Observing Scotland’s Climate Assembly

Observing Scotland’s Climate Assembly How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way? A report by Pauline Robinson On the Weekend of 12th and 13th December I had the opportunity to be an observer at the second weekend of Scotland’s Climate Assembly. The assembly process has brought together a …

Peace Maps of Edinburgh and Scotland

Project in Progress: Peace Maps of Edinburgh and Scotland By Elena (Lane) Deamant For many of us, the pandemic has made us pause in our daily lives and pay closer attention to what uplifts us, strengthens us, and inspires us. Community spaces – both virtual and physical – are even more important in the midst …

No such thing as bad weather…

By Kenneth Gibson MSP  As you may have heard from hillwalker Alfred Wainwright, or – depending on your circle – from Billy Connolly, there’s no such thing as bad weather. There is simply the wrong clothing! When many of us think of the great outdoors, our minds go straight to summer. Sheltering from unexpected showers, …

Arran Arboretum, let the trees continue the clapping!

In this article Mhairi Aileen Smeir, tells us about plans for an Arran Arboretum and ways you can get involved. Many of you may remember the launch of The Isle of Arran’s first U3A group on January the 28th 2020 in Brodick Church hall which was so busy folk had to sit in the balcony. …

Eco Savvy events and ARG news

Eco Savvy Events in September and an update on the ARG recovery draft plan On Tuesday 8th September from 6 – 8 pm there is a Black Lives & Climate Justice Workshop – The Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) are holding this interactive workshop and therefore we will be taking a break from our …

The 52 Stitched Stories exhibition opens in September

The 52 Stitched Stories exhibition is opening at the Barony Art Centre in West Kilbride on 3rd September Fiona Doubleday, Arran resident and creator of the 52 Stitched Stories project, tells us more about the exhibition below. For information on this very vibrant and international project see their Facebook page and website We are looking …

Arran NTS jobs are safe and Brodick Castle reopens

Over the past couple of months we have reported on the campaign #Fortheloveofnature https://www.facebook.com/SaveNTSrangers which was set up to help secure the jobs of the NTS Rangers across Scotland which were put at risk of redundancy recently. The great news last month has been that many of the posts around Scotland have been saved and …

The Octopus Centre reopens

….and COAST re-instate the Lamlash Putting Green! After a decade of being closed due to poor drainage, COAST have worked hard to re-instate the Lamlash Putting Green. It is a far cry from your traditional putting green – the course is very rough and ready – but all participation money will be reinvested to allow …

Eco learning with Eco Savvy

Eco Savvy are in the process of expanding access to eco learning by developing short modules and worksheets http://arranecosavvy.org.uk/eco-learning/  for children and young people to do at home. The aim is to provide a tool for learning about issues that affect the environment and to help start conversations on a range of topics around climate …

Eco Savvy’s Growing on Arran podcast

Eco Savvy have recorded their first podcast answering the questions residents had about growing on Arran! Jess at Eco Savvy writes, “Since the lockdown began we have been running a series on growing your own food on Arran and sharing content about how to get started in the garden. We also asked whether people in …