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News round-up / Dinosaur show, vegetable growing workshops, Northwards expansion

AN INTERACTIVE live show educating children on dinosaurs is set to visit Shetland in April as part of a UK tour.

Ben Garrod. Photo: Tom Warry

Dr Ben Garrod, who has appeared on BBC TV programmes like Secrets of Bones and Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur with Sir David Attenborough, will bring his So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? stage show to Mareel in Lerwick on 7 April.

The event will see Garrod talk about prehistoric predators like Tyrannosaurus rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus.

“Pitting the knowledge of unwitting parents against their all-knowing kids, Dr Ben presents an interactive, educational and highly entertaining show using film footage from the BBC’s Planet Dinosaur and photos of his own palaeontological dinosaur digs”,” the show’s blurb said.

The event is primarily aimed at children aged five to 11, but it is suitable for all ages.

Tickets can be bought now via the Shetland Arts box office.


FRUIT and vegetable grower Transition Turriefield has received funding to hold workshops in four schools around Shetland.

The Sandness organisation has been awarded over £5,500 by the National Lottery for its Edible Education project, which will team up with schools that have polytunnels.

The grant will cover workshops with teachers, parents, community members and young folk from the schools to help them make best use of their undercover growing spaces throughout the year.

The project will run from February to next January, with topics including growing techniques, planning a year-round programme, sowing seeds and looking after crops.

Penny Armstrong said: “We’ve been asked many times how to make undercover growing work, especially if the harvest is coming at in the summer holidays.

“We thought it would be a good idea to share how we grow in the dark of the year and help schools encourage the young folk to grow more food.”

Transition Turriefield, which became a social enterprise in 2011, runs a veg box scheme in addition to supplying local shops and eateries.


FREIGHT company Northwards has bought a new £2 million transport depot in Aberdeen to add to its depots in Shetland, Orkney, Inverness, Scrabster and Glasgow.

The new 20,000 square foot depot at Altens Industrial Estate has been purchased thanks to a £1.2 million funding package from Royal Bank of Scotland.

Northwards, which was formed in 2002 following a management buyout from P&O Scottish Ferries of its freight, haulage and maintenance operations, has seen its turnover more than double over the last seven years.

Newly appointed Northwards managing director Michael Porter said: “The new facility will enable us to continue to enhance and grow the portfolio of services available to our customers while creating new jobs for the surrounding areas.”

In 2011, Sea-Cargo Aberdeen became a majority shareholder in the company, increasing its expertise and providing transport links to Norway and Western Europe.