Chil­dren go­ing green at Whit­ing Bay eco event

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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.

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