...An overview









 

Making a beautiful site accessible
to people with limited ability.

Albert 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.

The centrepiece 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”.

Over 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.

Paths 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.

This 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.
 




Albert 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.



This is Nathan showing one way to get the logs transported to the site! 


A use for wind blown timber as part of the construction of the paths 

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