Children going green at Whiting Bay eco event
A celebration of all eco action on Arran was combined into The Big Arran Green Show last week, writes Colin Smeeton.
Eco Savvy and the Arran Community Land Initiative joined forces for the event in Whiting Bay hall with the assistance of the Climate Change Fund. The day, which was also supported by Greener Scotland, provided school children and visitors with fun activities and useful information.
Providing a healthy amount of excitement, almost 150 pupils from primary schools on Arran received a tub of ice-cream on arrival which they enjoyed while watching an education film on food miles. The tubs were then washed out, filled with soil and rocket seeds were carefully planted before being individually marked for each pupil to take home with them.
Among the host of volunteers providing sound ecological, environmental and recycling advice were members of COAST (Community of Arran Seabed Trust), Arran Community Land Initiative, Home Energy Scotland, the Arran Bee Group and Woodside, an organic Arran farm that promotes environmental awareness and healthy eating.
John Cruickshank of the Arran Bee Group delighted children with his bee hive demonstration with an actual bee hive enhanced with photographic images of bees and examples of frames filled with bees wax. Children also enjoyed the activities provided by volunteers from the Arran Community Land Initiative which included a pledge bunting with children’s pledges and a hand sewed banner with children’s contributions which will be proudly displayed in the hub building at the community land in Whiting Bay.
Arran Eco Savvy project manager Judith King said: ‘The Big Green Arran Show was purposed to celebrate and promote eco activity on Arran and we strongly feel that this was achieved.
‘Thank you to all who participated and supported. We thoroughly enjoyed the day with all of you and look forward to the next event.’
John Cruickshank from the Arran Bee Group shows pupils a bee hive and explains the role that bees play in nature.
Rebecca Lacey assists pupils with planting their rocket seeds.
Corrie Primary School pupils contribute to the pledge bunting by pledging to reduce waste.