July 2016 – Opportunities and News

Walks and Talks: A couple of knowledgeable members of the Trust have offered to share some of their expertise to enhance a greater in depth understanding of different aspects of the Hinterland and what makes it special.  Micheal Sharp, a trained archaeologist, has spent the last ten years looking at and documenting late Bronze Age and earlier sites and evidence on the land and would be willing to give a walk and talk on his present unpublished findings and understanding.  Professional naturalist Dan Puplett would also like to help open eyes by offering insight into the secret lives of animals and birds living there by offering a tracking workshop.  We are looking to put on these events in late August or early September.  Further detailed information will follow but for now we would like to know from you if there is interest out there and if so when the best days and times might be? To register your interest and availability please contacting Kim Emmerson at [email protected]

Help Sought: John Willoner, our present treasurer, will be taking a six-month sabbatical as of the end of September when he and Sylvia will be starting their travels around the world.  John will continue as a Trustee but Jacqueline Buckingham will be taking on the treasurer role.  She has asked if there might be a member who would be willing to help share what needs to be done by taking on the book keeping?  There are not a great number of entries to be made a month and no experience would be necessary as training of the electronic accounting system used (Xero) would be given.  This would be a great help and spread the load in running the organisation.  If you might be willing to take this on please contact Jacqueline Buckingham at [email protected]

Public Consultation Update: To bring you up to date on the report that has been produced by Fiona Chalmers and Associates following this springs Heritage Lottery Fund financed Hinterland Public Consultation process (Findhorn Drop in Day, survey and Woodland Festival), the report has now been completed and has been presented to the various landowners to look at before it goes public.  It should be distributed to stakeholders, posted on the Findhorn Hinterland Trust website and sent to the press early in August.  I think that many of you will find the report interesting reading and it will certainly be a great help in putting together the next five-year management document for the land.  Thank you to all who contributed.

Come Join Us! A reminder that there are monthly sessions on the land the last Saturday of each month between 9.30am and 12noon, weekly sessions in the Edible Woodland Garden on Thursdays from 9.30am and noon and sessions with the bees most weeks timing for which depends on the weather.   We would love to see you and welcome your involvement.  Also note that it is possible to use the Woodland Shelter and Fire Pit areas but prior arrangement is necessary. Contact Kajedo our land manager if you need any further information about any of these opportunities at [email protected]

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