District news – Week 40, 2019

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Appin SWI had the ‘most enjoyable and informative evening’ at the lifeboat station, followed by a ‘delicious’ meal in the Lochnell Arms Hotel.

On September 19, Marlyn Turbitt and David Croucher from Taynuilt took the group through the stages in their respective  projects; from clearing the rubble and rubbish to the amazing sites today.

Marlyn and her group have six polytunnels, giving growing plots to more and more enthusiastic gardeners.

An abundance of healthy vegetables is testament to the Lorn Organic Growers. David`s enthusiastic persistence is resulting in many young plants being nurtured in the Old Garden Nursery.

This month’s competition winners were: Photographic design in nature:  Gold – Janet Fairbairn; silver – Doreen Evans. Sewing a Farmyard Character: Gold – Brenda MacLeod.


Three sections of the A82 between Tarbet and Crianlarich are set to benefit from £370,000 of upgrading work.

The project, which will see more than two kilometres of the route resurfaced, was scheduled to start on Sunday September 29 and is expected to take two weeks to complete.

The improvements will take place between 7pm and 7am each night with the project scheduled to be completed by 7am on Friday October 11. No works are programmed to take place tomorrow night (Friday October 4) or Saturday October 5.

Due to the narrow widths throughout the three locations, the A82 will be closed in both directions during working hours to ensure the safety of both road workers and motorists. A signed diversion route will be in place via the A82, A85, A819 and A83 during working hours.

The A82 will remain open during the daytime to keep disruption to a minimum, however to ensure the safety of motorists a speed restriction of 30mph will remain in place as traffic will be running on a temporary surface.

Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times, with local access for residents, businesses and scheduled bus services maintained when it is safe to pass through the work area. Motorists heading southbound from Crianlairch will still be able to reach all hotels and businesses before Pulpit Rock without any impact.


The Lorn Natural History Group (LNHG) is hosting a Wildfire and Muirburn talk on October 8.

The ‘manage the fuel, reduce the risk’ event will be conducted by Simon Thorp, a chartered surveyor specialising in rural management.

It will take place in Seil Island Hall from 7.30pm. Entry will be free for LNHG members and £2 for non-members.

The event poster reads: ‘Wildfire is a major environmental threat to the natural environment and human settlements alike. The spate of incidents that took place during 2018 and 2019 makes clear the nature and extent of the threat it poses in the UK, and highlights the need to improve our planning for wildfire control, and how effective measures can be integrated into the management of our open land.’

LNHG promotes enjoyment and understanding of the environment.

Pupils at Dervaig Primary School planted their own tree saplings and seeds in recycled cartons. NO_T40_Dervaig01
Pupils at Dervaig Primary School planted their own tree saplings and seeds in recycled cartons. 

Global Climate Strike was a day of positive action for the children of Dervaig
Primary School.

They were inspired after listening to the story about The Man who Planted Trees to become The Children Who Planted Trees.

During the afternoon they learned about Mull native trees and their seeds from Caroline Wood, Kirsty and Mike Shilson from Dervaig Community Orchard.

They planted their own tree saplings and seeds in recycled cartons and took them home to be ready to plant next year.

Stuart Findlay from Forest and Land Scotland is keen to help the children establish a tree nursery and is very supportive of their action.

The message from the pupils is clear: Every positive climate control action counts, however seemingly small.

In a video featuring George Monbiot with Greta Thunberg, it was said: ‘There is a magic machine that sucks carbon out of the air, costs very little and builds itself. It’s called a tree.’