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Thanks to You for 25 Years

The 19th November 2019 saw the 25th Birthday of the National Lottery and its funding of community projects such as us. The quiz this year was slightly different to the last. Instead of a December Christmas theme we had a Birthday party! Plenty of snacks and, of course, birthday cake, where shared amongst the 31 attendees as well as laughs and frustrations! Questions were based on the wildlife, landscape and people of CALL with added knowledge needed of 1994 to win this quiz. The scores were tight all night and the winners won by a quarter of a point! Congratulations to the winning team, The Indecicives and to the randomly picked team, The Developmentalists, we hope you enjoy your prizes. The baskets had a mix of local produce including the limited-edition Isle Martin Gin from the Highland Liquor Company in partnership with the Isle Martin Trust. CALLP has received £1.4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to the end of September 2019, with a further £1.5 million due over the next 2 years. This funding has, so far, helped us

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Scottish Wildlife Trust Staff Conference 2019

This month we went to join colleagues at the Scottish Wildlife Trust Staff conference in Seamill, Ayrshire. It was a great two days where we got to catch up with other Living Landscape teams, head office staff and learn about other projects going on at the Trust. On day 1 Fiona and Laura held a workshop, a chance to slow down and show us your favourite wild space and experiment with artist supplies. Alongside the CALL workshop other colleagues had organised a range of other activities, allowing us to be a little childlike and learn tips and skills to take back to Coigach and Assynt. I myself joined the Wild Ways Well Team from Cumbernauld Living Landscape, enjoying a walk in nature and learning how to experience woodland and beaches in a more sensory way than just our eyes. For more information on Cumbernauld Living Landscape click here. Day 1 finished off with a quiz. Not to say we are competitive, but we came second! A great quiz set up by Cumbernauld and Trust Staff where each category was related

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Assynt Games 2019

As always, this year’s Assynt games was fantastic, all be it a little damp! But many of you didn’t let the rain stop the fun. It was fantastic to meet so many of you, local or visitor, and hear your experiences of Coigach and/or Assynt. This year on our stall saw the return of Fiona’s woodland creature workshop, making new friends for our office’s cuddly animals. Along side this we had a picture tree quiz and other worksheets. Thank you to those who gave our tree quiz a try! We were also proud to have community grant recipients leaflets for the new Assynt & Coigach Creative Trail and Griogair Macallein’s Low level Guided Story Walks. Thank you again to the Assynt Highland Games staff and volunteers for another fantastic event. We thoroughly look forward to next year!

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Orographic Performance comes to Little Assynt All Abilities Path

Last Tuesday we had some visitors to Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape by the name of Oceanallover. Currently they are on a tour of Scotland, performing their amazing Orographic piece. When we were first contacted about hosting a performance, we were intrigued and a look at their website and past events just made us want them to perform in the amazing landscape Coigach and Assynt have to offer event more! Myself and Laura spent days brainstorming on a place that would be perfect for their performance which is inspired by mountains, emotion and ecology. One site visit to Little Assynt and we knew it had to be there. We sent pictures of our walk and the views over to Oceanallover and Feral Arts, who are the producers for the show, and they all agreed this would be the place! After months of planning, the time came for us to meet Oceanallover on the Monday before the performance and show them around the site. The weather had other ideas and thick cloud and heavy drizzle obscured the mountains and most of

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Orographic outdoor performance comes to CALL

Heard about our exciting performance coming up? Intrigued by the man on the banner on Culag Playing Field in his fantastic costume and face paint? Wondered what it’s all about? Wonder no more! Find out more about Orographic below, a wonderful performance being brought to Little Assynt All Abilities Path on July 23rd, 2pm. Not to be missed!   Oceanallover in association with Feral presents Orographic Spectacular outdoor performance fusing street theatre, live music and sculptural costume design inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s landscape paintings and humankind’s relationship to mountains. Orographic is a new outdoor performance by leading physical theatre performance troupe Oceanallover inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s landscape paintings and humankind’s relationship to mountains. During July the company will be thrilling audiences across Scotland with FREE performances at unique outdoor locations showcasing their unique brand of street theatre combing carnival costume design and live music. Oceanallover’s Artistic Director, Alex Rigg, has a long time interest in the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and in particular his lesser known landscape paintings.  By the early 1920s, Mackintosh had abandoned his architectural practice entirely

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Coigach Gathering 2019

Saturday saw Laura and Vickii return to the Coigach Gathering for another year. A fun filled day packed with lots of scheduled activities and amazing food. One of our stalls activities was our community survey in a map and sticker form allowing us to hear your views on how we are doing as a partnership as we go into year 3 of our 5 year project. If you would like to let us know your views, please let us know by the 8th July using the form found here: https://coigach-assynt.org/2019/06/callp-community-survey-we-need-your-input/ Thank you to the amazing organisers that make the Gathering such a great day and to everyone that came along.

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CALLP Community Survey – we need your input!

As we’re now at the half way stage of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership Scheme it’s time to reflect on what we’ve achieved so far and what we still have to achieve by the end of the project late in 2021. This review includes an assessment of our activities and how we can best communicate with the local communities. As part of this work we are inviting the community to complete an online survey and we would really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete our short questionnaire, which can be found on the following web page: Complete survey on Survey Monkey (opens new tab) The survey will remain open until 9th July 2019. Paper copies of the survey are also available in the CALL office and at our stall at the Coigach Gathering on Saturday 29th June. Please help us to identify what we’ve done well and what we could do better. Your response is greatly valued.

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At the halfway point

We’re now halfway through our Landscape Partnership Scheme (where has the time gone???) so it’s time for our mid-scheme evaluation. This work, conducted on our behalf by Simon Lees of Countryside Training Partnership, will identify where we’ve been successful, what challenges there have been, and opportunities for us to make the most of the next two and a half years until the end of the projects in September 2021. We invited people involved with the scheme to an afternoon workshop in the middle of May, which just happened to coincide with the first warm and sunny weather since Easter. So we made the most of it and took our discussion groups outside. All the groups reflected on the successes of the scheme so far, the challenges encountered, and what we could do to make the most of the time remaining. This information will be compiled along with our project funding reports and claims from the first half of the scheme plus the Community Consultation Survey to produce a mid-scheme review report with recommendations for the remainder of delivery. It was a

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Spring Clean Take 2: April Volunteer Day

As I arrived on site the heavens opened, ‘another wet beach clean’ I thought. I was wrong. By 11am the sun pushed through as volunteers started to arrive. We were all soon removing all the waterproof layers as it turned into a glorious day. We concentrated on the sandy straight of the Bay of Stoer shoreline between the rocky outcrops; Clachtoll Broch to the left and Stac Fada to the right. The beach started off quite colourful with small pieces of rope, plastic, twine and fishing line. By the end of the event we had removed 18.5 Kilos of rubbish from the beach! A fantastic amount. We all retired to the bench for well-deserved rest and biscuits when a few divers caught our eye. We scurried to get binoculars and scopes out and found that the bay was in fact full of diving birds of all types. To top it off a pair of White-Tailed Eagles flew over, being mobbed by a Raven and a Hooded Crow. A list of all the species seen in the bay are listed below.

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Postponement of Festival

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to unexpectantly postpone our Food of the Sea Festival, scheduled to be held at Culag Park, Lochinver on the 14th April until further notice. The organisers apologise for any inconvenience and following coordination with our partner organisations we will announce a new date. Vickii and the CALL team would like to thank those who were joining us on the day, volunteering or hoping to visit and hope we can arrange this new date soon. In the meantime, please look out for upcoming announcements on our Community Grant Scheme recipients, our Suilven Path Management Handover Celebration and April Volunteer Beach Clean events. If you would like to be kept up to date with what’s going on at CALL please join our mailing list by emailing Vickii vcampen@coigach-assynt.org

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Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeMonday, December 2nd, 2019 at 5:06pm

🎍❄️This year has flown past and we have made it to our December What to Spot from Assynt Field Club. Click on the link below to see what species to look out for this month!❄️🎍

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Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeSaturday, November 30th, 2019 at 10:26am

Today! Find us at Little Assynt Tree Nursery with the Woodland Trust for their Big Climate Fightback campaign, planting trees! Can you spare 15 minutes? Why not also head into Lochinver and enjoy the Made in Assynt Christmas Market, Lochinver Village Hall, 10am - 4pm

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Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeSaturday, November 30th, 2019 at 11:18am

Holly looking very proud of her newly planted oak tree. Being a very well behaved helper at our @WoodlandTrust #Bigclimatefightback event. 13/10 for helpfulness #EveryTreeHelps https://t.co/u35r9AaQ9B

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