Prac­ti­cal plants were stars of the show

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

AL­MOST 100 peo­ple took part in the re­cent Ross of Mull’s in­no­va­tive and cre­ative ‘Prac­ti­cal Plants’ Day held at Cre­ich Hall.

The event was or­gan­ised by Emily Wilkins, Coun­try­side Ranger with Mull and Iona Com­mu­nity Trust and a small group of helpers.

And set-up costs were cov­ered by a do­na­tion from Mull Ea­gle Watch. Lo­cal res­i­dents ran work­shops on fab­ric dye­ing, bas­ket mak­ing, wild food cook­ing, sea­weed iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and for­ag­ing, cordage mak­ing, plant for­ag­ing, heal­ing plants folk­lore and peat cut­ting, and home made lunches and cakes were pro­vided by an inspired pop-up cafe. There were also green wood­work­ing demon­stra­tions, a talk on the sym­bol­ism of heather and a dis­play high­light­ing the plants in Mull’s Gaelic place names. The in­spi­ra­tional and in­for­ma­tive event show­cased new skills based on old tra­di­tions and new ways of us­ing nat­u­ral re­sources. It also demon­strated the enor­mous tal­ent and com­mu­nity spirit of res­i­dents on the Ross. In re­sponse to ap­pre­ci­a­tion and re­quests for fur­ther events of this kind, it is hoped to re­peat this ven­ture next

year.

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