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Da Voar Redd Up: Shetland's Spring Clean

Have you heard of Da Voar Redd Up?

Shetland's amazing community spring clean has been running for over 31 years. In that time, it has cleaned over 1,900 tonnes of bruck (that's litter, or rubbish, for those of you not from Shetland!) from Shetland's coastlines, beaches, roadsides and public spaces.

Da Voar Redd Up is one of the longest running and largest voluntary community clean ups in the UK - demonstrating Shetland's ongoing commitment to taking care of the environment. To date more than 100,000 volunteers have taken part.

This direct community action on the global epidemic of litter shows that anyone can make a difference and every piece collected matters. We hope you are inspired to start your own Redd Up!

This film was commissioned in partnership with Da Voar Redd Up organisers, Shetland Amenity Trust.

Dunna Chuck Bruck

Shieling Eagle

I woke up early this morning to the sound of the fish market, so I made this. Drawn during a residency on the Isle of Lewis as part of the Sexy Peat Project.  -Fabric Lenny

worse than Trump's golf course*

A beautiful stretch of Scotland’s coastline is about to be destroyed - by yet another golf course. Highland council have ignored the advice of their own planning committee, environmental scientists, and almost 90,000 of us. They’ve given US billionaires the green light to build a golf course, forever destroying a breathtaking landscape.

Thankfully the Highland council don’t get the last say on this. The final decision lies with the Scottish government. Together we’ve got the power to make sure they step in and save Scotland’s unique coastline. But we need to act fast - the window for the government to intervene is closing fast.

If thousands of us
 email the Scottish government to demand they listen to environmental experts and the people of Scotland and block the plans, they’ll have to act. Thousands of us calling for our breathtaking landscapes to be put before the profits of American billionaire golfers will be impossible to ignore.-  
Scotland doesn’t need more golf courses, it needs its treasured natural landscapes to be protected. - 38 Degrees

The World Commission on Protected Areas insists the golf course will destroy the integrity of rare coastal habitats. - BBC Scotland
... the site where the proposed course will be developed includes part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest – SSSI.  However, as well as this protection it is also a Special Protection Area – SPA , which is an EU directive that is meant to force EU member states to protect the habitats of migratory birds and certain other endangered birds. On top of these two designations it is also a site covered by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. Yes “of international importance.” - Alex Tiffin, The Orkney News

*The Dunes

The Forest is Moving / Tha a’ Choille a’ Gluasad

Thinking with the Black Wood: We want to talk about the Black Wood of Rannoch Scotland. A forest rated for its old trees and exemplary biodiversity that is also an iconic cultural ecosystem a living thing that shapes culture as surely as culture shapes it. We want to consider the historic moment when the Black Wood was saved by science, and the need for renewed public interest as a result of that on-going success. Finally we will touch on the ideas that ‘the forests are on the move’ and what that might mean for people in Rannoch, Perthshire and Scotland. - Collins & Goto