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New nature trail unveiled in Assynt

A new nature trail has been opened at Glencanisp Lodge in Assynt to formally launch one of Europe’s largest landscape scale conservation projects. The trail is part of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership Scheme and has been created by the Assynt Foundation with funding from players of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Scottish Rural Development Programme. The short trail passes through mixed woodland that surrounds Glencanisp Lodge and provides stunning elevated views of Suilven. It also links with the longer walks through the surrounding estate. It was officially opened on Saturday 3 June by Bella MacAskill, the youngest school pupil in the parish, and Jonny Hughes, Chief Executive of the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Jonny Hughes, Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust said: “This new nature trail is just part of a huge range of projects that are benefiting people and wildlife in Coigach and Assynt with the support of players of the National Lottery and many other funders. By working together the partners in this Living Landscape project are showing how to deliver conservation

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Little Assynt Tree Nursery Visitors

So far, 2016 at Little Assynt Tree Nursery has been a hive of activity. Back in February we were out with volunteers collecting Juniper seeds and Aspen root, the last to be collected before seed sowing. Volunteers have been helping out on a weekly or fortnightly basis, for an hour or two, or all day. Even some visitors to the area come for the day. All help is most gratefully received! We have had visits from preschool, primary and secondary school pupils. They have all had hands on experience of nursery jobs and tackled them all with enthusiasm! The users of the Assynt Centre have also had a visit from the nursery and sowed some Scots Pine seed for us. It will soon be time for them to visit to see how the seedlings are doing. We had our Spring open day at the beginning of April. A wet day couldn’t dampen our spirits thanks to the music provided by our fantastic local musicians, ‘Jorine and Friends’ and the stacks of home baking that were demolished. A willow bird feeder

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Brownies and Rainbows Visit the Tree Nursery

Last weeks visit by the the local Brownies and Rainbows to Little Assynt Tree Nursery saw them rise to the challenge. They transplanted seedlings, made cress heads AND solved the clues to a tricky treasure hunt ALL in an afternoon!

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