Safeguarding Scotland’s remote rural communities
A proposal for a Bill to enhance the consideration given to remote rural mainland communities by public bodies in Scotland
Consultation by Gail Ross MSP,
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross October 2019
This page will provide information about and links to other Transition and Community groups, mainly those closest to the Black Isle, but also some further afield.
August 2019 Arran Eco Savvy
Arran is an island roughly the same size as the Black Isle, and Arran Eco Savvy is an organisation with very similar aims and activities to those of TBI and other Transition groups. TBI was contacted recently by Arran Eco Savvy on account of their interest in our Million Miles project of a few years ago, in relation to a similar 'Arran in Ten Years' sustainable transport project currently under way on the island. This includes an 'eBike Challenge' in conjunction with Home Energy Scotland, aimed at getting employers to persuade their employees to travel by bike rather than by car, a Liftshare scheme and production of an Active Travel Map.
In addition to this, AES
- has an Energy Challenge Team, providing energy-saving advice and practical help to islanders under the Sustainable Island Life Project, funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund
- is about to start a circular economy modelling study, in conjunction with Strathclude University, looking into food waste in the island's hospitality industry
- as part of its aim to become a Plastic Free Community, has a network of over 50 businesses signed up to a water bottle refill scheme
- runs a Food Share operation in conjunction with the island's Co-op supermarket, under which food at its sell-by is collected and distributed free via a food bank and other pick-up points around the island
- runs a Community Hub and shop in Whiting Bay, staffed by volunteers, which largely functions as an exchange and re-use centre to prevent unwanted items going to landfill, and generally reduce waste and encourage co-operation and sharing.
'Arran in 10 Years' sustainable transport event, Brodick 1 October
Arran Eco Savvy website http://arranecosavvy.org.uk/ . Lots of information about all the above activities, but the News page is not quite up to date.
Arran Eco Savvy hub and shop at Whiting Bay
June 2019 Scottish Environment Link
Who we are
Scottish Environment LINK is the forum for Scotland’s voluntary environment organisations, with over 35 member bodies representing a range of environmental interests with the common goal of contributing to a more environmentally sustainable society.
What we do
LINK provides a forum for its member bodies facilitating and enabling informed debate, information-sharing, discussion and joint action. LINK assists communication between member bodies, government and its agencies and other sectors within civic society. Acting at local, national and international levels, LINK aims to ensure that the environment is fully recognised in the development of policy and legislation affecting Scotland.
February 2019 The Sheiling project Strathfarrar
Do you want to milk a cow, build a bothy, or plant a forest? Be an archaeologist, a poet, a weaver? Come outdoors and get stuck in to shieling life with us.
The Shieling Project is an off-grid learning centre based in Glen Strathfarrar, near Beauly in the Highlands of Scotland. The project is all about outdoor living – from looking after our livestock to making real buildings, from weaving baskets to making burgers from the meat we have raised here. The tradition of the shieling where folk lived outdoors all summer herding the cattle, gives us a window onto the past, but also helps us look forward to a sustainable future.
February 2019 Wild Things at Findhorn
Wild things! is an award winning environmental education charity based in Findhorn, on the magnificent Moray Firth, in Scotland. We provide inspiring wilderness, nature based, and outdoor learning experiences for all ages and abilities. We have courses and activities suitable for all, regardless of learning challenges, physical difficulties, financial constraints…or even a fear of spiders!
January 2019 Events at Logie Steading
Logie steading has emailed with colourful information about various events and classes over the next few months.
Forth Environment Link
Forth Environment Link is not a Transition group, but apparently one with very similar objectives. Of particular interest to TBI (not only because of the similarity of the name) is their Food and Growing project Grow Forth. This includes Stirling Food Hub - "We want to see local food linked to every aspect of community life" - and the Stirling Food Assembly online market. There is more about Grow Forth on our Food & Growing / Other Growing Groups and Courses page.
Other FEL groups and projects include Forth Valley Orchards, Stirling Cycle Hub, Cycle Stirling - "Creating cycle friendly communities across Stirling" - and Forth Upcycling Network - "Working with communities to reduce waste".
You can find out more about all of these on at http://www.forthenvironmentlink.org/
but note that the website is currently being updated (November 2018) and the information is therefore incomplete.
Highland Environment Forum
The Highland Environmental Forum (HEF) was established to provide an arena for discussion, networking and action on environmental subjects.
To do this we:
- Foster and coordinate activity on environmental matters
- Take forward relevant actions identified in the Highland Outcome Improvement Plan and be a valuable source of practical advice
- Identify, and respond to, emerging environmental agendas
- Provide a link between local groups and national strategies, action plans and reporting
- Raise awareness and promote good practice on environmental issues
We hold two full Forum meetings a year, organise annual biodiversity and invasive species conferences, and set up working groups as required.
Visit the HEF website at http://www.highlandenvironmentforum.info/
Culbokie Community Trust
See separate page on the menu
MOO Food, Muir of Ord
October 2019 update from Rachel Butterworth, Project Officer, 'Growing Your Future'
"MOO Food is an environmentally conscious community food company based in Muir of Ord. It was established in March 2017 and runs several groups and activities throughout the village, helping people to reconnect with their food and environment. MOO Food leads an education programme with Tarradale Primary pupils and teachers. They also run a Back To Work scheme for job seekers, and the Flourish Group - a green care programme for people with mental health problems. MOO Food's gardener runs weekely Give It A Grow volunteering sessions, and there are regular picnics, festivals, movie nights and community lunches throughout the year too. To keep up to date with the latest activities and events, follow MOO Food on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MOOFood and for more information, and to get involved, check out MOO Food's website:"
(information from Facebook, October 2017)
MOO Food is a social enterprise based in Muir of Ord with a vision to create an inclusive hub for producing environmentally conscious food that sustains a healthy, empowered, low carbon community.
To inspire healthy, environmentally friendly living and give the Muir of Ord community opportunity to reduce carbon footprint and contribute to the production of affordable, chemical free food. Whilst providing hands-on learning opportunities and increasing social capital.
MOO Food Aims
- to improve access to affordable, local, seasonal, chemical free fruit and vegetables.
- to inspire healthy, sustainable, green living
- to provide opportunities for the community to be active
- to empower the community by increasing knowledge and confidence through delivering a suite of courses on growing fruit and veg, food preparation, nutrition, waste reduction and composting, and ongoing support
- to increase social capital by bringing people together and facilitating sharing of knowledge and skills within the community and to prepare the younger generation for the future
- to facilitate an organic waste collection service and community composting
- to be inclusive
For information about MOO Food contact Emma Whitham at MOOFood@mail.com
Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum (GALE)
See separate page on the menu
SeeTravel & Tourisn / Historical on the menu
Transition Town Forres
This is an article contributed by TTF's Treasurer and Company Secretary Carin Schwartz. Transition Town Forres .
You can of course find out more about the activities of Transition Town Forres by visiting their website at https://ttforres.scot/
Soirbheas is a community development organisation for Glen Urquhart and Strathglass, receiving income from a part share in the locally-owned Corrimony wind farm to re-invest in the community through a variety of projects, in conjunction with other community groups. One of these is a year-long 'Tattie Project' - one of several offshoots from our own potato days - and another is a High Speed Broadband project in conjunction with Community Broadband Scotland, with the aim of extending fast broadband coverage to all households and businesses in the area.
Find out more about Soirbheas by visiting their website at http://www.soirbheas.org.
Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust
Based in Bonar Bridge, the Trust aims to ensure that long-term, sustainable benefits are achieved throughout the Kyle of Sutherland area, by focussing on how best to utilise funding from local wind farms and renewable energy projects and identifying match funding opportunities.
A priority of the Trust is to oversee the implementation of a local development plan, with the aim of strengthening and uniting the local community through a range of projects. These include increasing leisure and outdoor activities available to residents and visitors, supporting local businesses and industries including tourism, fishing and food production and increasing education and training opportunities.
Find out more at www.kyleofsutherland.co.uk.
Lochaber Environmental Group
LEG is a registered Scottish Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. Its aim is to encourage the development and the desire to take action on the environment locally and to help local communities and people to realise this. The company runs various projects throughout Lochaber - more information can be found in the current projects section of thir website.
Highland Biodiversity Partnership
The Highland Biodiversity Partnership comprises around 30 representatives of local groups and key organisations committed to understanding, safeguarding, restoring and celebrating biodiversity within the Highland Council area.
Its purpose is to provide guidance and support to the existing network of local biodiversity groups, and to make progress on the key strategic biodiversity issues in the Highlands.
Since the Highland Biodiversity Project was started in 2002, over £700,000 of new funding has been spent on biodiversity action and planning in Highland. Over two thirds of this money was targeted towards local biodiversity projects. Seven Local Biodiversity Action Plans have been produced, over 130 projects delivered and over 250 awareness-raising events held across the seven LBAP areas.
Highland Biodiversity Officers
Janet Bromham and Jonathan Willet (job share)
The Highland Council, Planning & Development Service
Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX
Ross-Shire Voluntary Action
Ross-shire Voluntary Action exists to support voluntary groups across Ross-Shire, working to build communities which are safe, strong and sustainable for the future.
As one of the partners of the Highland Interface, The Highland Third Sector Interface, we work collaboratively across the area to ensure that the voice of the voluntary sector right across Highland is heard.
Valerie Cameron, Chief Executive Officer
Ross-Shire Voluntary Action, Thorfin House
Bridgend Business Park, Dingwall IV15 9SL
Scottish Charity No. SC006582 Registered in Scotland No. 234092
The Dùthchas Project - Our Place in the Future
The Dùthchas Project was a demonstration project funded by the EU Life Environment Programme from 1998-2001. Focused on the Scottish Highlands and Islands, the Project worked with 3 communities and 22 public agencies to explore ways of sustaining fragile rural areas – the natural heritage, the people and the economy. North Sutherland, North Uist and Skye’s Trotternish peninsula were chosen as the 3 Pilot Areas.
The Duthchas website www.duthchas.org.uk is packed with still really ground breaking and useful information for the kind of things that TBI are seeking to achieve.
Transition University of St Andrews
Transition St Andrews came to our attention in October 2014 when Anne Thomas went to their two-day Transition Roadshow, which included a talk by Transition co-founder Rob Hopkins. A quick look at their website shows them to be engaged in activities similar to some of TBI's, with bike maintenance classes in May, a report on one member's first experience of an electric car, and a whole section of the site devoted to re-using and re-economy, including training in repair skills.
For the main Transition Network website go to www.transitionnetwork.org/
- Wednesday 22 January
- 13:00 MOO Food - Burns lunch for over 65s
- Saturday 25 January
- 10:00 North Kessock Community Market
- Thursday 30 January
- 19:00 'Our Common Home' Inverness Study for Action Session Part 2
- Saturday 1 February
- 10:00 Fortrose Community Market
- Sunday 2 February
- 11:30 Culbokie Community Orienteering Event - Volunteers needed
- Tuesday 4 February
- 19:00 This Changes Everything film Muir Hub 7.00
- Saturday 8 February
- 12:00 Greenpeace Protect the Oceans event North Kessock
- Sunday 9 February
- NA Amy La Vere and Will Sexton at Resolis
Events to add to calendar? Contact Us.
Add Your Business
Do you run a sustainable business on or near the Black Isle? Add it to the TBI business directory