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Glass bottle, showing the words No Return

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This blog records the campaign against the deposit return scheme and tried to explain a bit of what happened over the last six months. Firstly for the supporters of the ‘Have you Got the Bottle?’ campaign and for APRS’s members, but also, importantly, as a heads-up for those campaigning for deposit return in England and Wales. We expect some of the same tactics to be used against the planned deposit return schemes in England and Wales and, as they say, “forewarned is forearmed”.

Green Belt walk blogs

Kat brings journalist Dan Vevers along on her latest Green Belt walk which takes them past a mysterious rock formation with carved faces, a cave behind a waterfall and a the derelict Lennox Castle.

Green Belt walk blogs

APRS Director Kat Jones is spending some of her weekends and evenings exploring Green Belts with the aim to circumnavigate greater Glasgow and surrounding towns. In this section she walks part of the Antonine Wall from Kilpatrick and finds how much of our own infrastructure and landscape today relates to Roman civil engineering.

Green Belt walk blogs

APRS Director Kat Jones is spending some of her weekends and evenings exploring Green Belts with the aim to circumnavigate greater Glasgow and surrounding towns to raise money for APRS.

Green Belt walk blogs

This year’s family Boxing Day walk had to be another section of Kat’s circumnavigation of Glasgow’s green belt. She dragged three generations of her family out to navigate past ruins from a medieval chapel and a castle, to a masterpiece of Brutalist architecture. They encounter railway, dual carriageway and river crossings and a farmer determined that they won’t be allowed across his land.

Green Belt walk blogs

Planning for her next green belt walk, a treasure hunt for Neolithic rock carvings at Cochno, near Faifley, Kat discovers they are under threat from a large Battery facility.

Green Belt walk blogs

Kat has reached Weymss Bay on the Clyde coast on her 20th day of walking Glasgow’s Green Belt. This walk brings the joy of a perfectly level walk through mountain country – along the historical Greenock cut and the Kelly cut which were built as lades to collect water for the Mills of Greenock.

Green Belt walk blogs

This route is day 15 of Kat’s circumnavigation of the Greater Glasgow Green Belt. Helen Todd of Ramblers Scotland joins in to chat about Access and campaigns and they have an encounter with a herd of Spanish Fighting Bulls.

Green Belt walk blogs

On this walk Kat receives an education in greenspace infrastructure and environmental justice from Shivali Fifield of the Environmental Rights Centre Scotland and Clare Symonds of Planning Democracy. The walk takes them from one of the West coast’s most affluent villages to Port Glasgow which has health and inclusion statistics among the poorest in Scotland.

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