Park Talk

Park Talk

Everywhere you turn in the new cavernous museum store at the Highland Folk Park in Newtonmore an interesting item catches your eye. Those of a certain age can still remember using some of them at home in the kitchen, garden or down on the farm. Others are just downright odd, their purpose unclear to the modern eye. I was pleased to see a collection of blanket boxes with examples very similar to a couple I own. Public tours can be arranged I believe. With free site entry, this has to be a...

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Apple Bytes

Apple Bytes

The Cairngorms 10th Anniversary Orchards were all planted earlier in the year and are really taking root in their communities.    Andrew Lear – The Appletreeman –  provided the trees for the orchards and assisted with the plantings, here he gives some seasonal tips on looking after fruit trees in the National  Park.   A recent radio gardening programme suggested that growing fruit on higher ground is very difficult! Of course we know different! We had a...

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Bug life in the Cairngorms

Bug life in the Cairngorms

From bees to beetles, and spiders to snails, invertebrates make up an incredible 98% of our animal life and these creatures without backbones enable life on earth, as we experience it, to continue. The Cairngorms National Park is arguably the best place in the UK for invertebrates, especially for species associated with mountains, woodlands and cooler climates. Increasingly the National Park is the last stronghold for many invertebrate species that are becoming rare or extinct elsewhere in...

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In the Park

In the Park

My weekly summertime chore of cutting the grass was disturbed by a loud whoop from over the front fence.  When I looked up, here was my neighbour racing past on his bike.  Not so remarkable you might think but I don’t ever recall this happening before.  John is not someone you would mistake for an athlete.  In fact the only times I’d ever seen him race past my fence he was behind the wheel of his 4x4!  Nonetheless here he was cycling up and down the street at some...

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Slipping through the cracks

Slipping through the cracks

What does Aviemore have in common with Kintore, Oldmeldrum, Gretna, Innerleithen and Callander? They are the six places in Scotland out of 208 “small settlements” that have seen the greatest growth over the last 10 years. Aviemore and Callander are both in National Parks. I learned this information at the recent launch by Scotland’s Rural College of their biennial report - Rural Scotland in Focus 2014. It is just one piece in a telling story on rural living in Scotland...

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