Category Archives: Culture

Woodland skills: helping rural enterprise

A group of us in Kintyre are in the process of setting up a social enterprise offering skills to create sustainable livelihoods in remote rural settings like the western seaboard of Scotland. Our first training is on the removal of

Woodland skills: helping rural enterprise

A group of us in Kintyre are in the process of setting up a social enterprise offering skills to create sustainable livelihoods in remote rural settings like the western seaboard of Scotland. Our first training is on the removal of

Ardpatrick: snapshot of rural depopulation

Ferry Wood is located on the Ardpatrick Estate, part of Ardpatrick township. In former days it was connected by sea: the name “Ferry Wood” is given to it by dint of it being at one end of a ferry route

Ardpatrick: snapshot of rural depopulation

Ferry Wood is located on the Ardpatrick Estate, part of Ardpatrick township. In former days it was connected by sea: the name “Ferry Wood” is given to it by dint of it being at one end of a ferry route

Ferry Wood – Celtic rainforest fragment

Thanks to Ben Mitchell (seen here in a sea of garlic) for taking amazing images of the flora, fungi and slime moulds to be found in Ferry Wood. Also thanks to Stan, Ndurie and Carl for compiling plant lists for

Ferry Wood – Celtic rainforest fragment

Thanks to Ben Mitchell (seen here in a sea of garlic) for taking amazing images of the flora, fungi and slime moulds to be found in Ferry Wood. Also thanks to Stan, Ndurie and Carl for compiling plant lists for

Ferry Wood – December sunset and fallen leaves

Yesterday Carina, Capucine and I were in the wood pulling rhododendron seedlings. It was barely 4pm and the sun was down, but we could still see. Nearly all the oak leaves are now lying on the woodland floor, making an

Ferry Wood – December sunset and fallen leaves

Yesterday Carina, Capucine and I were in the wood pulling rhododendron seedlings. It was barely 4pm and the sun was down, but we could still see. Nearly all the oak leaves are now lying on the woodland floor, making an

Sound of Gigha

Visual artists (Julia Love Griffiths and Ann Thomas) and myself as a writer have come together to create a coastal meditation on a tiny area of West Scotland’s seaboard. We have used a variety of media including paintings and line

Sound of Gigha

Visual artists (Julia Love Griffiths and Ann Thomas) and myself as a writer have come together to create a coastal meditation on a tiny area of West Scotland’s seaboard. We have used a variety of media including paintings and line

Laying a hedge

I’ve just finished laying a hedge in the garden of Daisy Cottage, Tarbert. I think it may have been around 30 years old. Over the years it had received some pruning but in a haphazard way, largely to keep it

Laying a hedge

I’ve just finished laying a hedge in the garden of Daisy Cottage, Tarbert. I think it may have been around 30 years old. Over the years it had received some pruning but in a haphazard way, largely to keep it

Gardening, reasoning and feeling compassion

I recently read something by the great science fiction writer Ursula K Le Guin, writing in the Guardian review. She said: “The idea, so powerful in 2oth Century literature, that the slow processes of creation are less interesting, less real,

Gardening, reasoning and feeling compassion

I recently read something by the great science fiction writer Ursula K Le Guin, writing in the Guardian review. She said: “The idea, so powerful in 2oth Century literature, that the slow processes of creation are less interesting, less real,