20 October 2020Tickets now available for the Highland Good Food Conference

Would you like to be part of a movement that is taking action to improve access to local sustainable food here in the Highlands? If so, the Highland Good Food Conference is definitely for you. It will take place online over five Monday afternoons in Jan & Feb 2021. This online conference is the important second phase of the Highland Good Food Conversation, where people across the region are reimagining what good food looks like, and what a truly sustainable Highland diet means.

The aim of the event is to create deliverable actions that will contribute to achieving a Highland food system that is better for all. This event is for anyone who is interested in any area of the food sector, who want to be part of the solution. Farmers, cooks, bakers, third sector workers, food poverty campaigners and anyone who eats!

Book your tickets online and find out more from their Facebook page and website.

22 September 202026 pocket orchards planted in Wester Ross

Congratulations to Wester Ross Pocket Orchards for their hugely impressive and apple treeinspiring project. Since receiving Pebble Trust funding in early 2019,  local volunteers have planted 202 fruit trees, including apples, plums and cherries. There are now in 26 pocket orchards  in 13 villages, from Ullapool to Plockton.

Covid-19 unfortunately postponed the planned practical skills training workshop but everything is in place to run this as soon as conditions allow. The rootstocks are safely planted, money is set aside, and the organisers will provide training in caring for and propagating fruit trees. The aim is to complete 200 grafted trees as a result. With the addition of donations of non-orchard, native trees such as wild cherry, crab apple and hawthorn, this committed team of volunteers, including local school children, will have planted an amazing total of 900 trees by project end in early 2021.

plockton apple treeAs well as the prospect for a good harvest from 2020 onwards to sustain the local community,  the project will benefit local biodiversity in this depleted landscape.

Our congratulations to John Wood and the committed team of volunteers. You can find out more about this project on their Facebook page.

17 September 2020Join the Highland Good Food Conversation

How do we get more local, sustainable food on dinner plates in the Highlands? This is the question the Highland Good Food Conversation plans to answer, with your help!

You are invited to join the conversation and be part of the food movement! The Highland Good Food Conversation launched a couple of weeks ago, with a series of podcast episodes and blogs, exploring the exciting, innovative work that is going on in the food sector in the Highlands.

They will be looking for answers to that pretty huge question, and helping people take action to build a better, fairer food system on our doorstep.

LIKE them on Facebook
LISTEN and SUBSCRIBE to the podcasts, there are two episodes so far.
Get in touch!

Highland Good Food Conversation is jointly funded by The Pebble Trust and Transition Black Isle.

15 September 2020Shetland children nudged into nature

Congratulations to the Shetland Nature Nudge team for completing their inspiring and highly successful project. This educational project produced ten short nature learning videos with accompanying activity sheets, supporting and inspiring curriculum linked outdoor learning for pupils, parents and teachers during the lockdown period.

All outcomes were a great success:

  • Connecting children and families with Shetland nature
  • Providing a sense of community for learners in lockdown. 
  • Boosting physical activity and health and wellbeing. 
  • Improveing skills like food growing and identification of plants and animals 
  • Supporingt existing curriculum learning outcomes

By the end of the series, Nature Nudge videos were being viewed right across Shetland and beyond and had become a wholly collaborative experience – with children presenting their own video clips.

Nature Nudge's Karen McKelvie explains:
"Nature Nudge has been a truly successful project, adults were inspired by the young ones getting involved and young ones were inspired by the adults...One of the most lovely things that happened while we were making Nature Nudges, was the relationship that the young presenters had with the programme and with the audience. There was a clear and present connection with the viewers and a desire to show them what they had discovered in the natural world."

And all this was achieved by outdoor educator Karen McKelvie and teacher Caroline Simpson filming on their mobile phones, not to mention the many children and families who so enthusiastically took up the challenge.
Nature Nudge videos and pages continue to remain available on the Shetland school website and talks are underway as to how to use Nature Nudge as a vehicle to promote more outdoor learning and sustainable living in Shetland into the future.

Karen sums up the legacy:
"We know that strong connections with nature and warm feelings towards wildlife leads to more care for nature and pro-nature behaviours, in the future.  Continuation of the Nature Nudge project will undoubtably include how to look after our living environment and how to live more sustainable lives in our unique island community."

The Pebble Trust was delighted to support this inspiring and empowering project.

10 August 2020Bike Revolution moves up a gear in Moray

Outfit Moray's Bike Revolution project has done a fantastic job of getting people on their bikes during lockdown. When they reopened in May, they serviced 80 bikes (compared to their usual average of 30 per month) - 35 of which were for key workers,  plus 20 walk-in repairs. On top of that, they sold 50+ bikes and completely wiped out their stock.

CEO Tony Brown commented "Despite the obvious challenges and uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, this uptake of cycling from the local community has been fantastic and something that we are keen to sustain."

We had no hesitation in providing further funding to to Outfit Moray to improve working conditions and energy efficiency in their Bike Revolution workshop - making the space more fit-for-purpose, creating a nicer experience for customers and, hopefully further increasing cycling in Moray.

Find out more about Bike Revolution on their Facebook page.


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