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Also in the news / Turriefield in schools, lighthouse strike and more…

One of the packs for schools, with seed packets, information cards and curriculum links. Photo: SIC

TRANSITION Turriefield is collaborating with Shetland schools to grow more food and support learning.

The Westside-based growers will provide schools with a teaching resource containing seed packets, step-by-step guides and key dates for sowing.

It will help teach children about where their food comes from as well as practical skills.

Penny Armstrong from Transition Turriefield said: “We have worked with Shetland schools for a number of years, to help them get the most from their Polycrubs and growing spaces during the school year.

“This new resource is a great step forward and input from teaching staff has been invaluable.   

“It has enabled us to tailor the resource to meet their needs and link food growing to the curriculum.”

The packs will be sent out to all schools before the end of term.


SOME staff at the Northern Lighthouse Board have gone on strike today (Monday) in a long-running dispute over pay.

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Around 40 Unite members including able seamen, base assistants, cooks and technicians are on the 24-hour strike.

Unite said its members were left with “no option but to take a stand” after being offered a two per cent pay rise.

The board oversees the running of lighthouse across Scotland, including in Shetland.


A NEW public consultation has been launched on the proposed Scottish visitor levy.

If passed, the legislation will give local authorities the ability to add an additional charge to overnight accommodation if they choose to do so.

The money then could be spent in local communities.

The Scottish Parliament’s local government, housing and planning committee is now seeking views from businesses, tourism organisations, community groups and individuals on the proposals.

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