Corona Virus CALLP Update

The situation with the coronavirus has caused various discussion within the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership (CALLP) team and the Scottish Wildlife Trust with regards to local and national response, and immediately required, responsible action.  This has taken into consideration the wellbeing of the partners, the CALLP team and the wider community, as well as the commitment and ambition to implement the CALLP Scheme.   Most importantly the message from the government is that we all now need to minimise non-essential contact.  Therefore, as the employer, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has instructed all the CALLP team to implement the following measures:   where feasible all team staff to work from home the CALLP office will be closed to non-essential visitors no activities, events or meetings will be held or planned, unless held online or by phone   The CALLP team will continue to help partners to coordinate the implementation of the more than 28 projects within the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape through telephone and electronic communication.  Where projects are not able to achieve their objectives, due to unforeseen


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.


Tree-mendous Volunteers

Today (20th May) we held a volunteer day at Little Assynt Tree Nursery. For those of you unfamiliar with the nursery, they grow all locally sourced seeds collected by Nick and Susan (our amazing nursery team) and volunteers to produce thousands of trees for local planting projects including our Woodland Planting Project. Tasks for the volunteers today included pricking out seedling Bird Cherries (Prunus padus) and putting them into cells to allow room for further growth and weeding those already in cells to start them on the journey to being ready for planting out on project sites. This included Alder (Alnus glutinosa), Birch (Betula pubescens) and Rowan (Sorbus acuparia). Thanks you to those that came along and battled the midges! Our next volunteer day is the 23rd may at Glencanisp Lodge, carrying out some path maintenance and species recording along the Glencanisp Nature Trail. For more details on our tree nursery please follow the link: https://coigach-assynt.org/little-assynt-tree-nursery/


CALL at the Assynt Games

After a pretty grey start, what a fantastic day we had for the games! The organisers did an amazing job of putting on a wide range of entertainment alongside the more traditional highland game events such as the hammer throw and caber toss. We had a great time meeting so many people from the local community and far beyond. Alongside our information on the area and projects we are currently running, we set up an activities corner for kids. This included animal origami, the return of the fish shoal tree and creating our own woodland throughout the day. Many wonderful creatures were created! We also had local native trees and beautiful Honeysuckle from the Little Assynt Tree Nursery for sale. We had a great time at the games and hope to see you all again next year!


CALL at the Coigach Gathering

On Saturday the annual Coigach Gathering kicked off with a performance from the Achiltibuie and Ullapool Pipers and were followed by many other events throughout the day such as the kids and adult hill races, welly wanging and guess the weight of the salmon. Another scorcher of a day brought crowds of locals and tourists to come and enjoy the sunshine, stalls and BBQ. It was great to speak to so many of you about the area and send some more of the Little Assynt Tree Nursery’s trees and wild flowers to new homes. Alongside our project information and advice we had some activities for kids including origami animals and creating a shoal of hanging fish over the day. A bare branch at the start turned into a colourful rainbow of hanging fish throughout the event. Don’t they look amazing! Thank you to all the kids who did an amazing job of colouring and covering the branch. The next event CALL will have a stall at will be the Assynt Games held in Lochinver on the 10th August. Hope to


Tree Planting on Isle martin

Last week we held a tree planting session on Isle Martin. 1000 trees were taken by boat to our beautiful community island and planted by volunteers from John Muir Trust and the local community. It was a fantastic day with brilliant weather, all be it too hot! A mixture of native trees from locally sourced seed at Little Assynt Tree Nursery including Eared Willow, Hazel, Birch, Scot’s pine, Dog Rose, Oak, Juniper and Aspen were planted to create a new woodland. the terrain was hard work and the weather didn’t make it any easier, but all the trees were planted at their new home and the experience was enjoyed by all. Especially when ice creams were bought out at lunchtime by an Isle Martin volunteer to cool everyone off! A big thank you goes out to all those who helped on the day, the John Muir Trust volunteers and the Isle Martin Trust and volunteers. Trees were provided through the Woodland Project managed by the Woodland Trust Scotland.   Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it this time, there will


Volunteers, We Need You!

Volunteer week is coming! From the 1st to the 7th June we are joining organisations across Scotland in recognising and celebrating the time and dedication of volunteers. Whether it is an hour here and there or long-term volunteers we appreciate all the help and support that people give us. Volunteers are incredibly important to organisations such as ourselves. Skills and experiences that you can share with us are just as important as what we can show you. There are 28 projects running at the moment in CALL with many opportunities are coming up throughout the year across from path building to surveying wildlife; tree planting to removal of invasive species. We are looking for more volunteers to help us carry out these plans. More information about our projects can be found here. People volunteer for several reasons: whether it is to meet new people, learn new skills, be outside or be part of the community and its natural surroundings. It can also help with future employment or give you a change to find a new career path. We encourage everyone


Vacancy at Little Assynt Tree Nursery

We are delighted to announce that we have a new work opportunity at our Little Assynt Tree Nursery. The post will be employed by The Scottish Wildlife Trust, our lead partner. Application forms and further details can be found on the Scottish Wildlife Trust website. Closing date for applications is 12 noon, Thursday 15th March 2018. Tree Nursery Assistant


CJS Support Part Time Position at the Tree Nursery

Community Jobs Scotland has awarded a supported position, open to unemployed, vulnerable young (16-29 years old) people, to work at Little Assynt Tree Nursery.  The Community Tree Nursery Assistant is a 25 hrs a week position, for a 26 week period. To apply for the position contact Jobcentre Plus or a Skills Development Scotland advisor to access a CJS application form, quoting Job Number 4378. Details of the vacancy can be viewed at: http://jobs.scvo.org.uk/JobSearch/JobDetail?fid=a1Xb00000069kTGEAY&p=p19v


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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