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Join us for a summer BBQ

Come along and help us celebrate the arrival of summer at our annual summer BBQ.

30th June, 2-4pm.

Bring a friend!

Rural Skills Training Course: Apply before 15th August

Throughout the course we will be working with local contractors and trainers to offer a mixture of certified training (chainsaw use/ brushcutter/ pesticide use) as well as uncertified work experience with local contractors/ land managers and on site with the project officer and other HPCLT representatives (fencing, dyking, footpath work and habitat/woodland management).

The following training will be covered by the course:

  • Emergency Outdoor First Aid (BASP) (1 day)
  • Risk Assessment and Site Safety (1 day)
  • Lantra 2 Day Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting
  • Lantra 2 day Brushcutters/Trimmers – Maintenance and Operation
  • Lantra 2 Day Safe Application of Pesticides Using Handheld Equipment
  • Lantra 2 Day Sit Astride ATV (Novice Operator)
  • Introduction to Dry Stone Walling (2 days)
  • Introduction to Woodland and Habitat Management (1 day)
  • Tree planting aftercare and Maintenance (2 days)
  • Introduction to footpath work (2 days)
  • Fencing Building, repair and restoration (3 days)
  • Habitat and Wildlife Monitoring (2 days)

» Download the Application Pack for full details.

Revised Articles of Association

HPCLT's Articles of Association were written in 2002. Much has changed since then, including much Company and Charity Law. The opportunity has therefore been taken to update the Trust's Articles. The updated document can be viewed and downloaded here.

The philosophy of the Trust, as shown in its Charitable Purposes, has not changed although the wording is a little different. Account has been taken of changes to legislation. Membership categories have been simplified, as have Trustee retiral requirements.

Greater use of electronic means of communication will be permitted.

OSCR (Office of Scottish Charity Regulator) has approved the draft changes, as have the Trustees. 

 At an EGM  held immediately prior to the 2018 AGM at 2.00pm on 24th March 2018 at Kynachan Hall, Tummel Bridge, the Members present, and proxies,  voted in favour of a Special Resolution to adopt the Draft Articles of Association presented. In consequence, The revised Articles of Association came into effect immediately.

2018 AGM

2pm Saturday 24th March at Kynachan Hall, Tummel Bridge

Kynachan Hall is at the centre of the red circle. If coming from Aberfeldy turn right just before the electricity substation. If coming from Tummel Bridge turn left just after the electricity substation. At the track turnoff is a sign saying “take the third left for Kynachan Hall”.

The meeting is open to all. After the AGM there will be a talk by Dr David Hetherington, Ecology Adviser with the Cairngorms National Park Authority and a Trustee of the native forest restoration charity, Trees for Life.

Start of new Rural Skills Course

Heather, our Project Officer, reports that it was a bit of a snowy start for our next intake of Rural Skills Trainees today. Great to have some new young faces on board. Looking forward to spending the next 20 weeks with this crew. Lots of learning and adventures ahead, just as soon as it stops snowing.....