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  • Adamson Square, Creetown
    and heritage at the heart of the town Local Primary School pupils helped identify topics important to the town and these were hand carved by Hideo into a granite sphere as you can see in the picture For Hideo the placing and relationship between the geometric shapes of the clock tower stage and sphere were to define the Square ensuring that the objects and spaces between them were of equal importance The design and materials used in the Square relate to the distinct heritage of the area silver granite flowing Cree and tall stake net poles Town Squares have long been an important element in a rural Community but unlike many other places Adamson Square continues to act as a focus for Creetown While traditional ceremonies such as the Creetown Tar Barrel Association providing the entertainment at Hogmanay have been abandoned the Square now provides a venue for the successful Country Weekend and Gala events Adamson Square has shown how artists working in the public realm can Bring heritage and culture together to create a new place Re invigorate existing places in a sensitive manner Work to promote local skills and interests Inspire a creative and imaginative approach through working

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id79.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Eco Schools
    year project to find and map all the old trees across the United Kingdom Ancient trees are important because they provide an important habitat for thousands of species of plants animals insects and fungi including many rare and threatened species These trees are also an important element of our landscape and often have cultural significance This online interactive project asks people to discover and measure the forgotten treasures in our

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id105.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Annan Townscape Heritage Initiative
    Edward Irving radical preacher and Thomas Carlyle writer were pupils there Carlyle returned briefly as a teacher of mathematics and recorded memories of it in his books Sartor Resartus and Reminiscences The new owner has begun to restore the building to its most recent use as a house and small shop This will fortunately mean that the interior can largely be retained in its original condition Public Realm The THI funded work on the public spaces in front of the Town and around the War Memorial This work involved laying traditional materials including restoring and re laying some of the original surfacing Partners of the THI were delighted when excavations revealed a long hidden historical treasure a large brass ring which was laid to mark the completion of an earlier phase of street paving By the early 1880s the streets of Annan were in poor condition not only had the increased traffic caused wear and tear on the surface but the recently laid drains and water pipes had added to the damage The provost John Nicholson set about the task of raising funds though public subscription from townspeople both home and abroad as well as landed gentry in the neighbourhood The whole of the street was laid with setts with kerbstones along the sides and stone flags or concrete on the pavements The works were started on 20th September 1882 and were completed within a year at a total cost of 3 500 On the 20th September 1883 the town council and inhabitant of Annan celebrated the completion of the works by holding a Riding of the Marches at that time a rare event which was only organised to celebrate special occasions The provost laid the final sett within a brass ring with the inscription John Nicholson Provost 1883 on the site of the old market cross in front of the Town Hall Partners in the THI are delighted to have been able to encorporate this historic feature into the recent surfacing War Memorial The area around the War Memorial was chosen as a priority area for the second and third phases of work on the public spaces of Annan Town Centre This work has recently been completed and has provided safe and free movement for both pedestrians and vehicles as well as enhancing the setting for the War Memorial Erected in 1921 the war memorial is a bronze soldier modelled on a local farm worker who had served in the First World War It stands on a white granite plinth and provides a central feature for the open space and a focal point in the town The war memorial helps to define and divide an irregular space used for car parking adjacent to the main street The design involved removing parking spaces from adjacent to the memorial resurfacing with Caithness flags and whin setts and removing some bollards to reduce clutter in the area During the excavation of the parking area the setts laid in the 1860s were revealed

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id110.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Eco Schools
    practical working tool which provides a framework to guide future management and maintenance of the designed landscape and its interpretation and enjoyment Gatehouse Development Initiative produced information about the designed landscape in the form of a booklet written by Solway Heritage and supported by Special Places which was funded through Scottish Natural Heritage and Dumfries and Galloway Leader The current project is the Cally Boundaries Project which will provide a

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id98.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Eco Schools
    the derelict Colvend Filling Station into a visitor information facility This was to provide information to visitors on all the attractions in the area and act as a focal point for all the projects carried out in Phase 1 The owners of the ex filling station are responsible for the building but all the project partners were involved in the information centre and have their projects promoted from this central

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id100.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Dumfries and Galloway
    and Galloway s natural environment It manages a central database of wildlife and habitat records which are available to to interested individuals communities and organisations requiring access to such information The Centre also promotes and encourages biological recording in the region through its project work and provides training in identification and wildlife recording The need for a local repository for environmental information was highlighted in the development of the Local Biodiversity Action Plan The initial development of the Centre was funded by a number of sources including Scottish Natural Heritage Dumfries and Galloway Council Landfill Tax Credits Scheme Leader and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency The DGERC was officially launched by Mr Allan Wilson former Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development on Monday 13th September 2004 and is one of a network of local record centres sometimes known as biological records centres around the UK The ongoing development of the DGERC and its services is funded through Service Level Agreements with Scottish Natural Heritage and Dumfries and Galloway Council and range of projects undertaken in partnership with other local organisations such as Solway Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency Project work has also been supported by a

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id86.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Eco Schools
    through the model of the Eco Schools Programme This allows the schools to develop activities linked to issues that affect their school local area and community Eco Schools provides a structured approach to environmental activity and awareness that also allows pupils to take ownership of their actions and receive an international certification for activities they have undertaken The Eco Schools Programme is based on a business model for environmental awareness called ISO1400 and is being undertaken by schools around the globe with Scotland leading the way in terms of awards and participation Through Eco Schools pupils are given the opportunity to make decisions hold meetings which they organise chair and minute and also enlist adult assistance with major projects Examples of projects undertaken by Eco Schools Committees range from School Composting Projects linked to the Dumfries and Galloway Home Composting Project Monitoring and encouraging paper recycling in their school Monitoring and recording of waste produced by the school and undertaking waste reduction measures Recycling projects which can also generate an income for the group Biodiversity projects such as bird watching bird box cameras and squirrel feeding stations Large and small scale playground improvements for biodiversity active learning and sustainability School Travel Plans and increased cycling and walking within school staff and pupils Pupils undertake these activities after auditing their school within the eight Eco Schools Topic areas From this they produce an action plan detailing timescale responsibility and financial implications for their planned action This reflects the process undertaken by business schools and indeed local authority to build action plans for activity The Eco Schools Model and Sustainable Development Education as a whole makes provision for pupils to become more environmentally aware In a world of increasing environmental pressure sustainable development is at the forefront of both education economic planning

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id69.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Environment Fair
    4th March and the usual Family Fun Day on Saturday 5th March Both events will be held once again at DGOne in Dumfries The Community Day will provide the general public and community groups with the opportunity to visit a wide range of displays and presentations ranging from waste and wildlife gardening to composting and conservation We are asking everyone to come along and take up the Waste Prevention Challenge sign up for the Unwanted Mail campaign learn how to compost with the experts or just sit and listen to how you can reduce energy use in your own home or set up a community conservation project We also have a great range of local organisations on hand to help guide you towards environmental volunteering opportunities close to home exploring your local area spotting interesting wildlife or even recording your local flora and fauna Or if you are interested in wildlife gardening why not have a look at how you can use willow in the garden or find out what to plant to attract the birds and bees The Saturday event will be the usual mix of organisations providing lots of fun environmental activities and information for families Both events

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id107.html (2016-02-10)
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