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Rural Skills Course starting 23rd August

This Free Training course runs 1-2 days a week for 20 weeks and is open to all 16-25 year olds based in Highland Perthshire.

It is a fantastic opportunity for any young person thinking about a career in the rural sector/land based industries.

The course includes certified training in Chainsaw and Brushcutter operation, Quadbiking and Pesticide use as well as training and practical work experience in fencing, dry stone walling, tree planting, footpath work and habitat management etc.

The aim of the course is that by the end of the 20 weeks the trainees will have the relevant qualifications and experience to move into employment/further education in their chosen field. Past trainees have gone on to work on local estates, farms, golf courses and for Forest Enterprise.

If you have any questions or would like an application pack contact:

Heather Hamilton

HPCLT Project Officer


Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership

The partnership comprises six organisations: ourselves (HPCLT), John Muir Trust, Forest Enterprise, Kynachan Estate, Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust.  Our joint vision is to increase native woodland cover and connectivity between neighbouring areas of woodland, whilst connecting people with nature.

The project was officially launched on 18th July 2017. To support the partnership and help plant and protect thousands of new trees in the heart of Scotland go to: https://www.johnmuirtrust.org/support-us/campaigns/1203-heart-of-scotland-forest-appeal.

Archaeological Survey Report on the Wee Birks Field

A walk-over archaeological survey was conducted in March 2017 by Claire Thomas. Three sites were identified: a stone wall; a stone and earth bank; foundations of a small building. This last site is almost certainly the foundations for a ‘Pump Room shed’ in use in the mid 19th century. The stone wall along with the stone and earth bank may originally have formed a loaning, for leading animals to pasture, probably older than the Pump Room.

» Download the full archaeology report from our Downloads page.

Trustees visit the Wee Birks Field

Trustees visited the Wee Birks Field in Aberfeldy on 6th June 2017. Great turn out and the many options for the future use of the land were discussed. Thanks to Bill Hoare for showing everyone around

Join us for a BBQ to celebrate Summer and achievements at Dùn Coillich

On the 24th June from 14:00 we will be having a BBQ to celebrate Summer and achievements at Dùn Coillich. Please let Bill, williamhoare@btinternet.com or Heather projectofficer@hpclt.org know no later than Thursday 22nd June if you are planning attending. We will need a few folk to help with the setting up etc. Bring all the family and friends. If you want a drink, BYOB. A short guided walk may be available afterwards.