December board meeting coming up

Our December board meeting is scheduled for next Monday, 7 December, via Zoom starting at 7pm. If you’d like to sit in and find out what we’re up to, and maybe even get involved, contact us for the Zoom login details. Hope to see you then! The minutes of our November meeting are available to view here: https://www.lovealyth.org.uk/about…/company-information/.

JUST A FEW TICKETS LEFT!

A hands-on workshop to make Christmas baubles from old, unloved fabrics. All materials kindly donated by Thrifty One. This workshop will give you a ‘micromastery’ in recycling unwanted fabrics as a useful and fun activity you can do with others. Reusing materials where possible helps us consume less to create more. So why throw away fabric that could still give pleasure? Come along and learn how to creatively turn it into Christmas baubles, using hand sewing techniques. No previous experience required. There are two dates to choose from: 3 November or 7 November. Choose the date that suits you, then register to be sure of your place!

Don’t miss our 2020 AGM!

REMINDER: Just one week to go until our 2020 AGM – 7.30pm, Thursday 22 October. It’s a virtual meeting, so register now to be sure of getting your Zoom login details in plenty of time. Join in the discussion and maybe get involved helping the Trust achieve its exciting ambitions! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/annual-general-meeting-registration-122208120779

REMINDER: Micromastery workshops to teach you new skills

Don’t forget that we have a selection of fascinating “Micromastery” workshops coming up later this month and early in November for all you creative types out there. Develop your skills in recycling old clothes, or learn how to make gorgeous Christmas baubles from discarded fabric fragments. Choose the date that suits you best on our Events page here:https://www.facebook.com/AlythDevelopmentTrust/events/

Christmas baubles workshop announced

Two more workshops have been added to the Micromastery series that we’re funding, this time on making Christmas baubles from unloved fabrics, kindly donated by Thrifty One. All materials supplied and no previous experience required.

There are so many exciting things to do, see and learn, but sometimes the thought of this and the assumption we need to do YEARS of STUDY can be so overwhelming it’s easy to end up doing nothing. NOT SO – welcome to the world of MICROMASTERY!

‘A micromastery is a self-contained unit of doing, complete in itself but connected to a greater field’. A micromastery is repeatable and has a success payoff – who doesn’t want that!!

This hands-on workshop will give you a ‘micromastery’ in recycling unwanted fabrics as a useful and fun activity you can do with others. The aim is also to reuse materials where possible, consuming less to create more. Awareness of the natural world and how we can tread lightly on our planet is also key.

So why throw away fabric that could still give pleasure? Come along and learn how to creatively it into Christmas baubles, using hand sewing techniques.

Choose your preferred date and register your place on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AlythDevelopmentTrust/events/

New workshops for ‘micromastery’

Why throw away clothes you’ve loved?  Come along to a new hands-on ‘micromastery’ workshop and learn how to creatively repair them, using hand sewing techniques.  A micromastery is a self-contained unit of doing, complete in itself but connected to a greater field.  ADT is funding a series of micromastery workshops introducing useful skills to reuse materials where possible, consuming less to create more. Awareness of the natural world and how we can tread lightly on our planet is also key.  No prior experience needed!  Choose one of two dates that suits you best: 20 October – https://bit.ly/2G4YnzC or 24 October – https://bit.ly/3ck3wAa

Bamff Estate invites local people to big bug hunt

Saturday 22 August 10am – 1pm 

A major project to restore farmland and plantation near Alyth to a natural, uncultivated state is inviting local people to help count insects, spiders and worms on the land.

The Bamff Estate is planning a rewilding project that will transform 166 hectares (410 acres) of farmland and plantations into stunning wildlife habitat. 

Estate owners Paul and Louise Ramsay hope that their “citizens’ science” project will measure the difference rewilding can make to the bugs and worms that are at the heart of the natural ecosystem.

They are inviting anyone interested to gather at Bamff, three miles northwest of Alyth, on Saturday morning, 22 August, to catch, record, count and then release as many bugs and worms as they can find in different areas and habitats of the estate. 

Louise Ramsay said:  “We know we have lots of beautiful butterflies, dragonflies and ladybirds to as well as spiders, beetles, shield bugs and wriggling worms on the estate, but we don’t have enough information on the numbers of species or individuals.  Doing a count like this gives us a baseline from which to measure progress over time.

“People taking part in our Bug and Worm Hunt will be making a really valuable contribution to understanding how a rewilding project like ours can help sustain and nurture Scotland’s natural environment.”

The event organisers say that if the weather is dry they will concentrate on bugs, and if it is raining they will concentrate on worms.

The Hunt will take place completely outdoors so will be easy to socially distance. A local ecologist, Alan Ross, will give training and maps and butterfly nets will be provided. 

For more details and to register for the event, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-bamff-bug-and-worm-hunt-tickets-116090099613

To find out more about the Bamff Rewilding project, go to: https://bamff.land

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