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FLS Community consultation on Black Isle Land Management Plan

24 November 2022

Starts: 19:00
Ends: 21:00

Thursday 24 November  7.00 - 9,00  Findon Hall  Culbokie

Eelco de Jong, Planning Forester with Forestry and Land Scotland for Easter Ross, has emailed

We are currently carrying out a Land Management Plan (LMP) revision to help us determine future management proposals for the Black Isle. An LMP details how we intend to manage our land over the coming 10 years and indicates our vision for the next decades and beyond. This revision covers all forest and land managed by Forestry and Land Scotland on the Black Isle, an area of approximately 5,111 hectares.

Through the new plan we intend to address issues around resilience to climate change, tree health and age diversity. We furthermore want to make sure that the forests provide future economic and social benefits to the residents and visitors and that ecological value is retained and enhanced.

To consult on the draft plan we are organizing the following community events:

24 November from 7pm to 9pm in Findon Hall, Culbokie
  1 December from 7pm to 9pm in Munlochy Hall

We’re welcoming everyone to come along to these events to have a look at the draft plans, ask questions and share ideas. In the weeks ahead of the event the draft maps will be published on our website page for the Black Isle  to allow people to have a look at the plans prior to the community consultation.


Forestry and Land Scotland, The Links, Golspie Business Park, Golspie, KW10 6UB  
07776 172088     eelco.dejong@forestryandland.gov.scot






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Talking about Food - Skye Climate Action

24 November 2022

Starts: 10:00
Ends: 12:00

Thursday 24 November  10.00 - 12.00   online 
and at the Hebridean Inn, Broadford

From the Skye Climate Action November newsletter

Talking about food
We had another lively meeting at The Hebridean Inn, Broadford on October 27th to talk about the food system in general and as it applies to Skye.  These conversations were started by Skye Climate Action and the Highland Community Waste Partnership.  They are open to anyone with an interest in food from its production to waste management – including, of course, the eating. 

We know that the food system is an important contributor to climate change and in turn, is threatened by changes in the climate. More than this, the current industrialised food system has caused great damage to the environment and biodiversity AND is often bad for our health.

We talked about how eating convenient, ultra-processed (and often ultra-packaged) foods affects physical and mental health, the challenges of switching from an unhealthy diet to a healthy one, and the struggle to afford good food. 

These conversations are useful for learning and sharing ideas, and the aim is start doing things to improve the quality, availability and affordability of food in our area.   Participants talked about how to encourage healthier eating, grow more food locally, tackle food poverty and manage food waste.  Ideas are developing for education and support to prepare food (adults and children), community cooking and sharing, and making healthy ingredients more readily available. 

Many of the recent scientific reports on the climate crisis highlight the role of the food system and make recommendations for radical change for planetary health.  Happily, what’s best for our bodies is often good for the planet – and often, for the pocket.  We need a food revolution! 

The next meeting will be on Thursday November 24th, 10-12 a.m. at The Hebridean Inn.  Come along, or join by Zoom.

Contact Fiona Gallie at the Highland Community Waste Partnership for more information and the zoom link.



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SSEN Distribution Stakeholder Surgeries - Powering on together this winter

24 November 2022

Starts: 11:30
Ends: 13:00
Thursday 24 November  11.30 - 1.00  online  Microsoft Teams

You may have seen widespread media coverage in recent weeks regarding a 'last resort' scenario of planned emergency power cuts to manage potentially reduced energy supplies from Europe this winter. As we head into the winter months, we are engaging with our stakeholders and communicating with our customers to ensure they are aware of our role in this industry-wide response. 

The electricity system operator, National Grid ESO, constantly monitors the required amount of electricity needed to be able to power homes and businesses across Great Britain while simultaneously monitoring the amount of electricity being generated. In rare instances, scenarios can occur when the demand for electricity is higher than the amount of electricity being generated. As one of the six DNOs in Great Britain, it is our role to operate under instruction from National Grid ESO, should it decide that the only way to balance the system and prevent a more serious failure is to ‘shed load’ through planned customer disconnections. The triggering of this decision and sequence of events is detailed in the Electricity Supply Emergency Code (ESEC), which is a managed emergency process between industry and the UK Government.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), would like to invite you to attend our Stakeholder Surgery aimed at building resilience this winter. At the session, you will hear from our in-house experts on the processes involved, the importance of winter preparedness, and how we can work together to support homes and businesses this winter.

Participants will also have the opportunity to speak to our Head of Distribution Control and our Director of Corporate Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement who will talk you through our communications strategy and mapping system. 

Please use the link below to register for the event in your area. 
We do hope you are able to attend and look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please contact us at stakeholder.engagement@sse.com


Many thanks, 
Graeme Keddie
Director of Corporate Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement
SSEN Distribution

North of Scotland
Event Details     Powering On Together this Winter
Date   Thursday 24th November from 11.30 to 1.00
Location   Microsoft Teams

Click here to register

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Skye Climate Action - Kelp crofting online talk

24 November 2022

Starts: 19:30

Thursday 24 November     7.30      online

Skye Climate Action says

Offshore rope grown seaweed farming has the potential to be a sustainable way to produce food and other products whilst creating habitats for marine life and acting as a carbon sink. 

Dr Kyla Orr says, "KelpCrofting was founded in 2020 by three locals from the Skye and Lochalsh area, who saw a need to diversify rural employment opportunities amid economic struggles of COVID and Brexit.  After many months of careful site selection, consultation and licensing, Kyla, Martin and Alex worked together to setup a kelp farm just off Pabay, opposite Broadford, which was installed in 2021. 

The first few years have been about learning how to seed, grow and harvest kelp, and now they are starting to work on processing and product development.  As with any new industry, there are many challenges and opportunities, so join us in this talk to find out about KelpCroftings journey so far, and what exactly kelp farming involves."

Contact environment@sleat.org.uk for the zoom link.


We are part of the rapidly expanding worldwide Transition Towns movement. The Black Isle is a peninsula of about 100 sq miles ENE of Inverness in Scotland, UK.