What's new?

News items are listed here with the most recent at the top. Scroll down to see all news or use the "News by month" menu to find news from a selected month.

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.....

The 2018 AGM will be held at 2pm on Saturday 24th March at Kynachan Hall, Tummel Bridge

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese proverb

Planting trees is a gift for the future and this is what’s been going on at Dùn Coillich since 2002, when 418 hectares, between Glen Goulandie and Schiehallion, was purchased on behalf of the community by Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust (HPCLT). The Trust’s overall aim is to create an environment to benefit both wildlife and the well-being of Highland Perthshire residents and visitors. This is being achieved through the restoration of a healthy ecosystem, and key to this is the planting of native trees, such as scots pine, downy birch, rowan and sessile oak. At Dùn Coillich the vision of the founders is now being realised as young trees overtop the heather and bracken, and a wealth of plants, fungi, birds, insects, spiders and mammals is to be found.

There are established trees at the Wee Birks Field in Aberfeldy, gifted to the community in 2016 and looked after by HPCLT. It will be kept as an open space for public enjoyment, perhaps with some picnic tables and seats and some additional native flowering trees – we’re still open to suggested uses. 

If you like the sound of this, come along to the 2018 AGM and find out more; it’s at 2pm on Saturday 24th March at Kynachan Hall, Tummel Bridge. The meeting is open to all – you don’t have to be a member. The AGM will be quite short, and will be followed by 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. There will also be light refreshments, displays illustrating some of the exciting work being done by HPCLT, including our Rural Skills training for young people, and the chance to talk to some of the people actively involved in HPCLT.

Dr Andrew Walker, Chair, HPCLT

01887 830461, awalker1951@gmail.com




Enroll for our next Rural Skills Training Course

Our next Rural Skills Training Course starts next month and we are now accepting applications. This free course is open to anyone aged 16-25 based in Highland Perthshire and is a great opportunity for any young person interested in a career in the outdoors. We offer training in Chainsaw, Brushcutter and Quadbike use, Dyking, Fencing, Footpath Work, Habitat Management and more.

For more information download the application pack or contact Heather on 07849268411, or email: projectofficer@hpclt.org.