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Willow Cord: Woodland Artisan Course

Guest blog by Chris Goodman, Course Leader I use timber from trees all the time, whether it’s for building and diy jobs, making spoons or as firewood – it’s an incredible material which lends itself to all sorts of uses. But recently I’m becoming more and more interested in how we can use some of

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Wildlife to spot in June

In this, our second joint blog with Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape, we hope to give you an idea of some of our amazing wildlife to look out for in June. June can be a ‘quiet’ month for birds, from a human perspective at least, as the singing often stops for a while this month

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The Amazing Things About Trees

Guest blog by Chris Goodman, Course Leader Trees never cease to amaze me, the other week a friend told me that one of the drugs used for fighting cancer comes from Yew trees. I also recently read that patients in hospital recover faster from surgery or illness if they’re surrounded by plants and have trees

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We’ve ‘Done’ Suilven

Guest blog by Chris Goodman, Path Project Officer for the John Muir Trust I look at my watch, it’s 5.30pm and it’s still a long walk back to Glencanisp from the steep slope on the north side of Suilven. It’s the last day on site of the path repair project and it’s been all hands

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The Final Push

Guest blog by commissioned photographer, Chris Puddephatt Only a few days left now; the whole project is nearing completion. Time has flown. Scary. At the beginning of this season I met Chris Goodman to identify a few sites as likely candidates for “before and after” shots and got the first set in the bag. Now

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Groundhog Day

Guest blog by commissioned photographer, Chris Puddephatt After several attempts to contact Alec the team leader by phone (mine was playing up, and his had no signal at all…. modern technology!!!), I drove up to Glencanisp one evening to have a proper old fashioned conversation about my next visit. It was good to meet again

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Sometimes things just don’t work out

Guest blog by commissioned photographer, Chris Puddephatt Mid-July and I hear that work has resumed in the gully up to the summit ridge, whilst the path across the peat must be almost finished. I’m keen to meet up with the “upper team” that I first saw on that cold foggy day; well over a year

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Rant

Guest blog by Chris Goodman, Path Project Officer for the John Muir Trust I’ve been looking over the work on the steep north side of Suilven that was completed last year. The team worked on two sections, one halfway up the slope where the path had become a steep loose scree shoot and at the

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Working on the Path

Guest Blog by path worker, Mark O’Brien To have the privilege to be able to work in such an amazing place really is the best thing about building the Suilven path. I’ve always had an attachment to Glencanisp since I first arrived that spring in 2014. Now I’m getting the chance to watch it change

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Volunteers

Guest blog by commissioned photographer, Chris Puddephatt Apparently they were! Nine o’clock meet at Glencanisp for the familiar walk up to the renovation site; this time I know everyone except Jacob, who had come all the way from the Netherlands. I’ve never seen it so dry; our boots are dusty from the desiccated track; the

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 6:21pm

This Thursday come and learn about soil fertility legacies in Coigach and Assynt with a talk from Louisa Habermann, who is currently working on a PhD looking at how current and past land management may be affecting the historical record of the soils, its structure,...

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 5:25pm

Day 18 of #30DaysWild with the Wildlife Trusts. A wild, windy walk at Raffin today whilst carrying out a site visit for our Beach Clean next week (27th). 9 months since our previous beach clean here and although there is a lot less...

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeFriday, May 17th, 2019 at 1:55pm
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeFriday, May 17th, 2019 at 11:45am

A wealth of knowledge in a layby. Take a break and have a read! https://t.co/hxks8QOiLB

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