Arran Banner letters – week 24

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Fence observations

Sir,

Having just read the headline article on the fencing and partial replanting of Glen Rosa in the Banner of June 9, I think certain observations should be made.

The article states that the glen has been overgrazed for many years by deer and sheep, however, it is at least 10 years since sheep grazed on the hill. This being the case, any current overgrazing is solely down to deer. If the deer are to be fenced off from an area of 400 hectares(1,000 acres), some of which is prime wintering ground, will the National Trust cull an appropriate number of stags and hinds to avoid further overgrazing and winter starvation on adjoining land?

It is proposed that the fence would be in place for around 30 years, which means total stock exclusion for this length of time. Although only 10 per cent of the site would actually be planted with trees, excluding grazing animals for 30 years could allow scrub encroachment over substantial parts of the total area as can be seen in the area around the Machrie Moor standing stones, which will actually need clearing in the future.

Farmers have discovered that the current wood preservatives used on fencing materials mean that posts and stobs seldom last more than 10 years. This means re-erecting the fence three times before the trees are deemed big enough to survive. Substantially longer lasting but more expensive materials can be sourced from Sweden. In either case it probably means a much larger fencing cost than the National Trust anticipate.

Yours,

Charlie McAllister,

Environment and land use monitor,

Arran branch NFU.

Deer needed in Glen Rosa

Sir,

Regarding the recent article in last week’s Banner regarding Glen Rosa. I don’t agree with the National Trust for Scotland’s plans to put a deer fence to stop the deer and sheep grazing Glen Shant and Glen Rosa.

This area needs deer and sheep to keep the ground under control and also the birds of prey and smaller birds need bare ground to survive.

The NTS want to recover some of the landscape but that does not stop their vehicles using the road up the glen which was repaired a few years ago at no cost to the NTS. So if it is important to recover the landscape they should look after the road they have wasted.

Yours,

Alastair Hendry

Glen Rosa

Litter karma

Sir,

Have you left anything on the hill? If so it might surprise you to know; beer cans do not become biodegradable when you jam them under a stone, Prosecco bottles do not ‘mulch down’ when left by the river, likewise wet wipes, cigarette packets and sweetie papers, banana skin and orange peel are not much better.

If this rings a bell, know lovely reader, that I have picked up your litter. You have picked up the karma.

Yours,

Susan Knox

Brodick

People’s choice

Sir,

Arran Visual Arts would like to thank all the people – both from Arran and visitors – who supported the Arran Visual Arts exhibition and voted for their favourite piece. We had 353 visitors of whom 266 voted for their favourite work.

The People’s choice vote was as follows: 1 Patsy Keen, Daisy (18 votes), 2 Patsy Keen, Horse (15 votes), 3 Jill Hargan, Strip the Willow (14 votes). Joint 4th with 10 votes each, Karen Bell, Sunset over Lochranza, Phil Holmes,  Kings Cave Walk and Patsy Keen, Squirrel. Joint 7th with 8 votes, Yvonne Bailey, Carriage Horses, Mo McKenna, Fleece, Norma Russell, Ayrshire to Arran. 10th Claire McDonald, Winter Falls, North Sannox.

Yours,

Jan MacGregor,

Arran Visual Arts.

Community support

Sir,

On behalf of The Isle of Arran Junior Triathlon Club, I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their generous donations provided for our Island-2-Island event which took place on Saturday June 2.  The weather was brilliant, and the event was a great success providing adults and children with the fantastic opportunity to experience a triathlon on our wonderful Island.  Without the support of the business community this event would not have been possible.

We would also like to thank our many helpers and volunteers; the event has received so much positive feedback, and this would not be possible without you providing your time.  Our gratitude extends to the residents of the island who helped cheer on many triathletes as they raced through the villages.  Many of our competitors are keen to visit Arran again soon and this is all down to you all.

The funds raised by this island event will continue to provide a free coached community triathlon club for all children between the ages of 7 and 17.  In the future we will invest the funds in free training sessions and free equipment to all children.

Yours,

Craig Wood,

Isle of Arran Junior Triathlon Club.

Corrie fair

Sir,

The pupils, staff and parents of Corrie Primary School and Early Years Class would like to say a sincere thank you to the community of Corrie and Arran for the support they gave to the school fair. We raised over £600 for school funds and every one of us enjoyed the company, weather, stalls and art exhibition. It is also lovely to welcome back ‘Whit Week’ holiday makers who attend the Fair every year as part of their holiday. Hopefully we will see you all again next May.

Yours,

Jane Boyle,

Corrie Primary School.