a beautiful site accessible
with limited ability.
and Paris have been working for many years now,
with the help of a dedicated and gallant band of occasional
volunteers, to make the beautiful 40 acre Auchenhew
glen at Eas Mor (pronounced “Ease-More”) accessible
to people with limited ability. These people would otherwise
never be able to appreciate the therapeutic benefits
of being out in a relatively wild forest. Here
you can find rare orchids, an oasis of indigenous deciduous
trees some of which are many hundreds of years old,
red squirrels and water voles, as well as a plethora
of birds and other woodland creatures.
at Eas-Mor (which means “Great Fall”) is the spectacular
and beautiful 103-foot high waterfall dropping down
into a ravine, which is called “The Hidden Valley”.
the years, they have built a basic log cabin with a
turf roof in a clearing above the waterfall, using wind blown timber from the 1998 storms and this has
now become a library and small interpretation centre
with an ecological theme. It is a place where
everyone can learn about their environment and where
children are encouraged to draw pictures of what they
have seen by coming face to face with the nature that
is all around them. The whole project is a perfect
example of recycling, with nothing being removed from
the site and everything re-used for construction.
have been built, which will in time be used by battery-powered
scooters powered by the Eas-mor hydroelectric power
generating system. This will allow them to re-charge
the scooters and run power for the facilities that are
planned for the future.
There are plans, to allow
for the construction of a huge ‘dome shaped’ Ecology
Centre (The Eas Mor Hub), which will give the site accommodation
and facilities for a number of disabled guests. All
work carried out at Eas Mor is done using materials
which have been re-cycled, and the stone for building
has been quarried on site and graded by hand by the volunteers.
Eas Mor is very likely to
become a ‘Mecca’ for groups of disabled people from
all over the World and will be of great therapeutic
and spiritual benefit to them to them all.
year a company, Eas Mor Ecology Limited, was set up
to manage the affairs of the estate and was granted
charitable status on the 7th September 2004 (Scottish
Charity number SCO35805).
Eas Mor already receives
in excess of 10,000 visitors a year.
and John moving logs to
r-enforce the sides of the
paths – most of this work is done by hand, without the
use of heavy machinery.
is Nathan showing one way to get the logs transported
to the site!
use for wind blown timber as part of the construction
of the paths