Friday 2nd November 2018 Issue No 2310


P & J ‘Me and My Garden’ Prize Winner

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Having had her garden featured in the Press and Journal in September, Angela Ford was delighted to be chosen as one of the top four gardens that had been reviewed. Her prize was presented by Jim McColl, of Beechgrove Garden fame, who travelled to Ullapool from Aberdeen with feature writer Susan Walsh. Jim spent a morning with Angela, discussing all things gardening related. Jim gave lots of good advice and enjoyed meeting the rescue hens. P&J readers may have seen a further feature in the Press and Journal on Tuesday, 30 October, and this time the garden was located in Ullapool, not Alness! Angela was very pleased to meet Jim, and plans to put into practice the advice he gave.


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Anna Welti (Lochbroom Field Club) was shortlisted for a Scottish Heritage Angel Award under Category E, ‘Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording’.  At a ceremony in Glasgow City Chambers last week she gained a Highly Commended certificate for her work on the Wedigs Project.  She would like to thank everyone locally who has taken part in the project over the last few years.


CONGRATULATIONS also to Ullapool and Sunnyside Primary Schools who won the Sunday Mail Editor’s Choice Award at the Great Scot Awards Ceremony in Glasgow on Saturday for their “Nae Straw at Aw” Campaign. 


Ullapool and Sunnyside Primary Schools won the Sunday Mail Editor’s Choice Award at the Great Scot Awards Ceremony in Glasgow on Saturday for their “Nae Straw at Aw” Campaign. The campaign which led to Ullapool becoming the first plastic straw free village in Europe was led by last year's P7 pupils from both schools who approached the shops, restaurants and cafes in Ullapool to explain the damage caused by plastic to our environment and particularly our marine environment. Pupils encouraged the use of paper and biodegradable straws or “nae straw at aw”!

Sunnyside Primary then persuaded Caledonian MacBrayne to use paper straws. In Ullapool, reducing our use of plastic and the pupils’ interest in defending our marine environment continues with recycling projects, continuing discussions with our MSPs and MPs, beach cleans, the work of the Ullapool Seas Savers and support for the current “No Kelp Dredge”campaign against proposals to allow kelp dredging in Scotland.

Caillin Paterson now S1 and Josh Leon now in P7 were delighted to represent Ullapool Primary School at the event and answered the presenters questions on stage as well as asking for support from many celebrities for the "No Kelp Dredging" campaign.

Caillin said, “It was an amazing night with so many inspirational people who had done so much. We were all surprised and so happy to win the award. It shows that we can all work together as a school, community and with visitors too.

Josh said “Special thanks go to our community and all the groups who gave their support, especially the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Noel Hawkins. We all hope that Ullapool will keep their plastic straw pledges, and continue to reduce the plastic tide that is poisoning our seas. Plastic straws are just the beginning!”.

Anthony O’Flaherty the P6/7 teacher who led the project said “Our young people showed great understanding, co-operation and determination at every stage of the project and we all learned so much from it.”

Eva Faber, the Head Teacher said, “It was a privilege to be nominated for this important award and we can be very proud of our pupils who have shown how to bring about change for the better.”

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