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πŸŽ¨πŸ§©πŸ“– Local artist Ian Coulson and Valerie Cottle put this wonderful book about our loved capital together. It features insightful paintings of many parts of the town with alongside quirky historical anecdotes.
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What we love even more is that all proceeds from the sale of the books go to the Isle of Man Woodland Trust.πŸ’š
The real paintings of Douglas in passing are currently exhibited in the former TopShop in Strand Street, Douglas.

πŸŽ¨πŸ§©πŸ“– Local artist Ian Coulson and Valerie Cottle put this wonderful book about our loved capital together. It features insightful paintings of many parts of the town with alongside quirky historical anecdotes.
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What we love even more is that all proceeds from the sale of the books go to the Isle of Man Woodland Trust.πŸ’š

The real paintings of 'Douglas in passing' are currently exhibited in the former TopShop in Strand Street, Douglas.Douglas in Passing is a beautiful new book that includes over 65 splendid atmospheric and evocative paintings by Ian Coulson of surviving old buildings, streets and lanes around the island's capital. These are then interwoven with 'historical interludes' by Valerie Cottle which take sideways glances at Douglas' history from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries recalling the secret life of the town, its buildings, people and stories.

The format is a generous 176 pages landscape and printed on high-quality, slightly textured paper.

The cost is Β£25.00 with proceeds from the book being donated to the Isle of Man Woodland Trust to help accelerate local tree planting.

Available in store and from www.lexiconbookshop.co.im/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_History_6.html
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🌳🌿🐝Tree planting new volunteers wanted Sunday 5th of December 10.30 am

Difficulty: Easy - family friendly
Location: Smeale Farm
Weather: Mostly dry with sunny spells
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Smeale farm is a new site where we aim to plant a mix of predominantly manx native species around two shallow ponds. Planting up field corners with a mix of low growing trees is going to provide some niche habitat for wildlife. This planting is part of government's new agri-environment scheme which rewards farmers for providing benefits for nature and the public.
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The plantings tend to last for two to three hours and we share coffee and tea afterwards. All you need to bring is dirt proof and warm clothing, including sturdy shoes. If you can bring gardening gloves and a mug for coffee/tea along it would be a help but we can also provide them for you.
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Parking is best Park opposite Thie y Ribbeyder by the field gate. The planting site is left through gate and short walk down to corner of the field near some cottages.

Parking in the field itself is allowed if it is not too wet underfoot as it is just cereal stubble and so no worries about a few tracks.

Google maps link: goo.gl/maps/WGrNWFnEYsUsirq69
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Today another 300 trees were planted in Sulby Glen. More than twenty couragious individuals defied the small outbreak of rain at the beginning of the session and the start of not-so-summerly temperatures.

One boon of physical work is that you keep warm as long as you keep moving. It was lovely to see new people and some who we haven't seen for a while.

Next Sunday we are going to be on less sloped land!πŸ˜…
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Another 340 saplings are in the ground. Our next planting is at the same site in Sulby Glen this Sunday 10.30 am.

Everyone welcome, especially if you have never planted a tree!
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