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Rural Skills trainees August 2017

Two of the August 2017 trainees out on the hill learning all about our trees with Willie McGhee. Great day and loads of learning done! 

Guided walk at Dùn Coillich

A guided walk happening this Saturday at Dùn Coillich. The walk has been organised through the local SWT group and will be led by Tim Fison. All welcome. Details below:

Rannoch Gathering

Our Project Officer, Heather, will be at the Rannoch Gathering in the John Muir Tent. If you are there, please pop in and learn more about Dùn Coillich.

The Gathering is held on the third Saturday in August in the Weller Poley Park at Kinloch Rannoch.

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.