Planet Sutherland

We had great fun with the many online events that we wouldn’t have been able to attend if we’d had to travel.

The frame for the Gledfield Polytunnel was erected during the October holidays. © Planet Sutherland

Some key events this quarter have been:

  • The Highland Council Climate Change Working Group’s mammoth conference. Topics included everything from Nature Based Solutions to the Flow Country, Energy and Small Business Green Recovery.
  • Highland Environmental Forum conference in September entitled: Climate Change in the Highlands – Opportunities for Large Scale Change.
  • And the Community Resource Network Scotland (CRNS) created the most realistic on line conference using some great technology. It included a market place, networking, a main arena, and break out workshops. Specifically worth watching is the keynote talk from Wildlife Cameraman Doug Allan.

The links to recordings of all these events are on the “Resources” link on our web site.

Closer to home, food has been the key ingredient over the past couple of months.

  • The Gledfield Polytunnel was partially built during the school holidays. We need to wait until the spring to finish as we need warm weather to fix the polythene.
  • Our Sutherland Orchard Survey attracted over 70 respondents with Lairg showing significant interest in a community orchard. The extra feed back provided much appreciated advice and thoughts that we are taking on board.
  • Community Growing is attracting significant interest and being bolstered by the Highland Council Growing Our Future project and the Sutherland Community Partnership. You can see the THC draft report on our resources page.
  • The Highland Good Food Conversation has been growing interest too. This is an initiative looking at how we can improve upon all the great food that we have in the Highlands. There are regular podcasts and an exciting conference organised in January and February.

Recycling Initiatives

Keep an eye out for new pink collection bins from ILM to take your small electricals for onward recycling. But before you pop that old laptop in the bin, please do get in touch to see if we can give it a reboot.

And finally, For Teachers in the Highlands, we have teamed up with Highland One World to extend their Google Classroom space to include a specific place for teachers to discuss ideas on broadening the scope of the climate agenda in the classroom.

To keep right up to date with all our news, projects and events you can join our newsletter distribution or have some fun on our Facebook group. Joining details are on our web site, or please contact Anna directly by email.

by Anna Patfield

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