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Suilven: A baptism of fog


Alarm at 6am; sandwiches already in fridge; cameras in rucksack. Tea-to-go; drive to meet the workers at Glencanisp. So this is what Real Men look like: Scott, Alec and Donald. They walk the 11k in two hours; half way up Suilven to where they left their tools. I think its half way up; we’ve walked into cold, wet cloud and can’t see much; we could be anywhere. Flasks and snacks now. And more layers; after overheating during the walk, its […]

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The Long and Winding Path to Suilven


After a 2½ hour walk carrying tools, Wednesday saw work start on repairing the path to Suilven. Contract team Arran Footpaths stuck the first spade in the ground as they began efforts to consolidate the steep path on the North side of the iconic community owned mountain. Next week will see a second contract team, A.C.T Heritage, start work on the approach path to Suilven from Glencanisp which crosses some very wet and boggy ground. Over the next 3 months […]

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Community grants available through the CALLP scheme


Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership is now open to expressions of interest for project funding from its Community Grants Scheme. Funding of up to £1000 for individuals, and £5000 for groups and businesses is available to assist projects that complement the work of the wider Landscape Partnership Scheme. If you have a great idea to enhance our cultural and natural heritage, CALLP could help finance it. Find out more and how to apply at the Community Grants Scheme page. […]

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National Tree Week at Little Assynt Tree Nursery


Last week we celebrated National Tree Week at Little Assynt Tree Nursery with the reopening of our Gaelic Alphabet Tree Trail. Pupils from Lochinver Primary School prepared tags with the Gaelic names for each of the trees and the letter they represent in the Gaelic Alphabet. Pupils then took us on a tour of the trail. Well done to all involved! Visitors are always welcome, so come along and have a wander along our new trail!

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An Apple a Day….


Apple loving primary 1 to 4 pupils from Lochinver Primary School visited Little Assynt Tree Nursery to learn about the year in a life of an orchard apple tree. They spent the morning finding out what happens to the trees throughout all the seasons from blossom and pollination, to thinning, harvesting and pruning. Our Fruit growers of the future!

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Woodland Expansion Project Update


The ground preparation works for planting trees are well underway at Druim Suardalain The fencing works are being carried out by local contractor and good progress is being made with the dismantling of old fences. Volunteers had made a good start on the Gorse clearance (which is a thankless job!) but now they will be glad to hear we are trialling a ground clearance machine over the next week or so that should make short work of it! Anyone interested […]

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Achlochan Coastal Heritage Project Update


  The Achlochan Peninsula in Achiltibuie has seen lots of activity over the past two months, with more to come. In late October a week long archaeological survey took place. The main focus was the ruined broch on the south-east of the peninsula, but the entire peninsula was considered and surveyed with many interesting new sites identified – the full report will be available by the end of this year. The survey work provided an opportunity for local residents to […]

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Calling for Fruity Information!


As part of the Woodland Expansion project, CALL are hoping to develop a couple of community orchards. We are looking for information from anyone who grows fruit in Coigach, Assynt and the surrounding area about what varieties grow well, where you grow it, what you use the fruit for, what tastes good and what problems you have encountered! We are also looking for suggestions for where we could potentially plant orchards in Coigach and Assynt and who would like to […]

Tree Nursery Summer Open Day


Little Assynt tree nursery hosted a summer open day full of great local crafts, home-baking and of course plenty of trees! It was well attended and we even had some little helpers with rowan berry crushing! The building of bug hotels to house our pollinators over winter was accompanied by live music from our amazing local musicians. 

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Tenders out for Woodland Project


The main aim of our woodland expansion project is to protect, connect and expand native woodland in Coigach and Assynt. Tenders are out now for ground preparation and fencing work at Druim Suardalain. If you would like to be contacted about future tree planting work, are interested in your own woodland scheme or would like to be involved in a woodland project, please contact our Woodland Manager, Elaine MacAskill at emacaskill@coigach-assynt.org or 01571 844638. For more information about our woodland […]

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