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SCOTTISH nature writer Karen MacKelvie, who lived in worked in Shetland for 25 years, is asking people to take a moment on Saturday (23 September) to connect back with the wild.

MacKelvie, who now lives in the fens in Cambridgeshire, is the creator of the acclaimed nature prescription project with the RSPB which encourages patients to connect with the natural world for their mental and physical wellbeing.

World Wild Day is her latest project, and is based on experience with the San Bushmen, of the Kalahari, who form threads of connection with individual plants and animals around about them.

All she is asking people to do on Saturday morning it to step outside, find a wild thing in nature and send a thread of love from your heart to its heart.

“Imagine a world where we recognised all the creatures, who live where we live, as friends! Where we took the time to open our hearts to a two-way communication with the wild. I would argue – it’s in everyone’s blood to do, and on some level we’re all longing for it,” she said.

Her initiative has already received some high-profile endorsement:


THE SCOTTISH Government is calling in a planning application to demolish an old ruined listed building in Yell to allow ministers to make the final determination.

The building in question is the C-listed Linkshouse, which members of Shetland Islands Council’s planning committee approved the demolition of.

However, the decision was automatically referred to Scottish ministers because of an objection to the demolition from Historic Environment Scotland.

Ministers are now set to have the final say because “they consider that this case raises issues related to the interpretation and application of national policy and guidance on listed buildings that would benefit from further scrutiny” by an appointed reporter and Scottish ministers themselves.

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SAFFRON won the Shetland category at this year’s Scottish Asian Restaurant Awards.

The Gurkha Kitchen was also highly commended.

The awards took place in Edinburgh earlier this week.

THE MODEL hare which recently graced Victoria Pier in Lerwick has been sold for £3,000 to raise money for CLAN Cancer Support.

The hare was one of many which were dotted around the North East of Scotland and the Northern Isles as part of the Big Hop Trail.

They were auctioned off on Monday night – raising a total of £202,600 for CLAN.

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