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Arran COAST man wins US environment prize

20_b17coast02Howard Wood, the co-founder of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST), has been awarded a highly prestigious international award for promoting the sustainable management of Arran’s seas.

The US Goldman Environmental Prize, which comes with $175,000 (£118,000) prize money, will be presented to Howard at a ceremony in San Francisco today (Monday April 20 2015).

It is the first time this international award, the largest prize for grassroots environmentalists worldwide, has come to Scotland and only the second time it has been made to someone in the UK.

Howard said: ‘I am delighted with the award. This is global recognition for everything the community of marine volunteers on Arran have been working on for so long.’

For more on this story and all the news from Arran, see the Arran Banner, April 25 2015, also available online from the same date.

Crash cyclist praises Arran help and emergency services

fiona oakes claonaigA woman who was airlifted to hospital after a cycle crash was later able to joke that Arran was the best place in the  country to have an accident.

Fiona Oakes had to be whisked to hospital by helicopter after a serious crash on her bike outside Lamlash.

Read her story in the Arran Banner, April 18 2015, also available online.

Mystery pontoon washes up at Kilmory

kilmory beach pontoon washed upMany things get washed up on Kilmory beach over the year.

But one of the most unusual must be the massive concrete pontoon which ended up abandoned on the beach.

See more in the Arran Banner, April 18 2015, also available online.

Volunteers sought to look after coastal path

coastal walk work arranThe Arran Coastal Way project is undertaking some of the excellent path improvements around the island’s coastline.

Now the Arran Access Trust and Coastal Way team are excited to start handing over some ownership of the paths to the local communities themselves.

To this end they are starting a series of volunteer days this spring and summer to help teach people how they can look after footpaths in their area.

Find out more in the Arran Banner, April 18, also available online.

Arran's David takes on two marathons in Deborah's memory

david allsop marathon man arranA  Sannox man is taking on a double marathon challenge in memory of his late fiancee.

David Allsop will be running for charity and has chosen to do both the London marathon next Sunday followed by the Edinburgh marathon on 31 May.

This year he will be raising money for Cancer Support Scotland after his fiancee Deborah Hanlon died from breast cancer two and a half years ago.

For his story, see the Arran Banner April 18 2015, also available online.




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