‘North West Regenerate’: another exciting opportunity for the North West Highlands

  An exciting local project is being developed called North West Regenerate: Supporting communities to drive – and thrive from – ecological restoration. The project area stretches from Coigach in the south, north to Durness and east to Bettyhill: the same as the NorthWest2045 work (see northwest2045.scot for details). The diverse partners include community groups, local development trusts, and community,

Partnership scheme comes to an end

  Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership Scheme (CALLP),  has come to the end of the current phase of funding. Over the past five years, the scheme has delivered a programme of over 30 projects, supported though the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a range of other funders. As this phase draws to a close CALLP said goodbye on 30

OWL project will live on through new resources

  The CALLP Outdoor and Woodland Learning (OWL) project came to a close on 28 September, with CALLP Education Managers Kat Martin and Fiona Saywell presenting local schools with copies of the Outdoor Learning Guides which they have produced to help support teachers to deliver outdoor learning themselves in the future. It was a fitting end to the project that

New books available!

There has been a flurry of publishing activity among CALLP partners, with three hitting the shelves this month. North West Highlands Geopark has published a Walker’s Guide to Coigach & Assynt. Written by Dougie Cunningham, the book details 26 walks, and is beautifully illustrated with over 110 photographs, and maps for each route. This is the ideal guide to help

MSP opens new community deer larder

    MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Maree Todd, officially opened the new community deer larder on the Glencanisp Estate on 19 September as part of an afternoon of family activities and a barbeque to celebrate the new facility. The new deer larder was funded by the wild places charity the John Muir Trust, and CALLP through the National

A Volunteering Thank You

Volunteering has been an integral part of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership, right from the very beginning. What makes us unique from other partnerships was the amount of volunteer community groups who signed up to support projects over the 5 years.   When I started my role in year 2 of the scheme there had already been a

Woodland Activity Leader Training (WALT) August 2021

It has been just over 1 month since I returned from my woodland activity leader-training course. Otherwise known as WALT.  The training took place at Wild-Things! An environmental education charity based in Findhorn on the Moray coast. My colleague, Lucy, came with me for the 7- day course and we had a fantastic week. There were 10 participants on the

Our Living Landscape: Communities Leading Change Conference

On 18 August 2021 we held our free, virtual conference, Our Living Landscape: Communities Leading Change, to celebrate the end of our five years of National Heritage Lottery Funding. There were 24 presentations from partners and funders, sharing their learnings and the outcomes of their projects. Over 200 people from all over the UK and beyond registered for the event,

The Making of a Children’s Book

Celebrating the landscape and nature of Coigach and Assynt By Jenny Grant, local author and artist of ‘Between Mountain and Sea – A Dog’s Adventure in Coigach & Assynt’ Quite a lot of my book making process involves procrastination, but much of this procrastination is in the form of walking, and this turned into substance for my new book, ‘Between

CALLP conference programme announced

With less than a month to go to our conference, we are delighted to announce a packed programme of expert speakers for the event, which will demonstrate how rural communities have been working together to achieve positive change for our landscape and its people. The free online conference, on 18 August 2021, will be opened by Jo Pike, CEO of

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