Category Archives: Economy

“local” social enterprise

Social Enterprises are a great way of helping remote rural communities get stronger and more resilient, stemming the tide of depopulation. Through the UnLtd social entrepreneur scheme I obtained a Do It Award, which is enabling me to set up

“local” social enterprise

Social Enterprises are a great way of helping remote rural communities get stronger and more resilient, stemming the tide of depopulation. Through the UnLtd social entrepreneur scheme I obtained a Do It Award, which is enabling me to set up

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

Rhododendron clearance and biochar production

Carina and I are developing a concept for a social enterprise: combining clearance of Rhododendron ponticum (using the lever and mulch method) with biochar production. To this end we are buying a kin-tiki kiln from a smith in Northumberland. The

Rhododendron clearance and biochar production

Carina and I are developing a concept for a social enterprise: combining clearance of Rhododendron ponticum (using the lever and mulch method) with biochar production. To this end we are buying a kin-tiki kiln from a smith in Northumberland. The

The circular economy

Standing as the Scottish Green Party candidate for a ward in Argyll and Bute, I have heard -and seen – a lot about our litter problem. Especially marine litter washing up constantly on our coast. I think it’s time that

The circular economy

Standing as the Scottish Green Party candidate for a ward in Argyll and Bute, I have heard -and seen – a lot about our litter problem. Especially marine litter washing up constantly on our coast. I think it’s time that

Exploitation: an Elephant in the Room

A lot has been said about the Climate Change being “the elephant in the room.” It’s the topic that lies behind everything spoken, but is invisible; not talked about despite being so important. Well, hopefully the Paris Agreement has changed

Exploitation: an Elephant in the Room

A lot has been said about the Climate Change being “the elephant in the room.” It’s the topic that lies behind everything spoken, but is invisible; not talked about despite being so important. Well, hopefully the Paris Agreement has changed

Joining the solar revolution

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are going up on our house in mid-Kintyre. We are right by the coast despite being at a high latitude: this helps our solar gain as coastal areas get more sunshine hours than inland areas. We

Joining the solar revolution

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are going up on our house in mid-Kintyre. We are right by the coast despite being at a high latitude: this helps our solar gain as coastal areas get more sunshine hours than inland areas. We