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Retirement

On the occasion of her 75 birthday in July Mrs Janet Bowen, CVO retired as Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh.

Her successor is Mrs Joanie Whiteford.

Retirement

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 02/09/2019

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for Laide Community Wood

The final part of the day for the Princess Royal was to present the volunteers at the Laide and Aultbea Community Woodland with their Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, read the citation, as follows:

Ma’am, I wonder if I might highlight the reasons that Laide and Aultbea Community Woodland have won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

In 2003, as a result of generous public donations, Laid and Aultbea Community Woodland were able to purchase the 215 acre woodland with a mandate to improve the dilapidated condition, create paths and encourage wild life and bio-diversity through conservation.

The Volunteers immediately started work but had to face substantial difficulties presented by the local climate.
In 2005 hurricane force winds hit the woodland causing devastation and the past two years of work lying buried under a mat of fallen trees.
In 2014 flash flooding totally washed away a bridge and seriously damaged another.
Despite these challenges the group continues to progress.

Of the almost 60 volunteers - 12 to 15 meet weekly to contribute their skills in engineering, ATV usage, felling and cross cutting trees, milling timber for use on the project and turning lower quality trees into firewood. Meanwhile, others are engaged in attracting funding, developing the website, and preparing superb information boards explaining the flora and fauna of the wood.
All this work is based on a strategy document setting out a 20 year plan.

Painstaking work on replacing softwood with hardwood trees has already had a significant impact on the biodiversity of the wood, as demonstrated by surveys on bats, fungi, moths and butterflies, dragonflies, trout, and eels. What is more, this work is carried into the community with visits to
local schools, installing bird boxes, electro fishing, and pond dipping.

Finally, this Community Wood provides not just a place for healthy exercise for all ages, but also a place for utilising learned skills and for education and training. It has become a part of what holds the community together; it is a shared endeavour.

Ma’am, my only regret is that we couldn’t find the time to take you to the Woods and walk you round. I was there a week or two ago and saw where 33,000 new trees that have been planted with the final 16,000 to be planted this autumn. The work of the Laide and Aultbea Community Woodland continues from strength to strength.

May I now invite you to present the Award to the Chairman Mr John Rippon

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for Laide Community Wood

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 12/07/2019

Princess Anne plants tree in Inverewe Peace Garden

Following her visit to the Gairloch Museum and Two Lochs Radio the Princess Royal continued to Inverewe Gardens, once gain in less than clement weather.

There, she visited the recently restored Inverewe House (which is now open to visitors), planted a tree in the Peace Garden (which was created at the end of the Great War) and visited and unveiled the Foundation Stone for the proposed new Viewing Tower.

Photos are courtesy of the Press and Journal.

Princess Anne plants tree in Inverewe Peace Garden

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 12/07/2019

Princess Royal visit Gairloch

On Tuesday 9 July Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, was in Gairloch to welcome the Princess Royal to the Gairloch Museum.

Photos and story are to follow.

Following her visit to the Museum Princess Anne then visited Two Lochs Radio.

Princess Royal visit Gairloch

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 12/07/2019

Lord-Lieutenant attends her final Garden Party at Holyrood

On Wednesday 3 July Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, attended her final Garden party at Holyrood and met many of the invitees from her area.

Lord-Lieutenant attends her final Garden Party at Holyrood

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 12/07/2019

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for Ullapool Museum

On Friday 28 June Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, travelled to Ullapool to present the Museum with their Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Before making the presenation she said:

This Thomas Telford building must have, over the past nearly 200 years, seen some very special meetings, some sad, and others joyful, some inspiring and some very long and cold meetings when the pews must have become very hard! But I promise I will not keep you that long this evening.

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation in 2003. It is the highest award given to Volunteering groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chairman, Sir Martyn Lewis said “Volunteer groups make such an important contribution to their communities often without praise for the incredible job they do”.

Well. Tonight we are putting that right, here in Ullapool. You are being recognised for the outstanding contribution each of you have made to make the Ullapool Museum what it is today. It is sad that Catriona Martin is unable to be with us in person, I understand we will hear from her later.

Ullapool is full of amazingly talented and skilled people. This Museum project has released those skills to the benefit of the community as a whole. It has also allowed the Museum Community to offer kindness, affection and friendship and to give a sense of achievement - while creating a Gem in the middle of Ullapool.

Tonight is a Celebration of many long hours of hard voluntary work by a huge number of the community.

It is a celebration of inspired leadership and community involvement.

It is a celebration of remarkable fundraising, including yards of baking and gallons of soup.

It is a celebration of many skills including carpentry, electrical and plumbing, - IT, literary, artistic and people skills.

It is also a celebration of generosity.

I am delighted that all this hard work has been recognised by this Crystal (Award) and Her Majesty’s recognition of your excellence.

This Award is for ALL of you.

Congratulations!

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for Ullapool Museum

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 28/06/2019

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