Reflections on Working as an FHT Funeral Coordinator and Celebrant

To live in this world

you must be able 

to do three things:

to love what is mortal;

to hold it

against your bones knowing

your own life depends on it;

and, when the time comes to let it go

to let it go.

At our most recent funeral, for community member Ian Cook, a dear childhood friend of his stood in the Universal Hall and read these words from In Blackwater Woods, written Mary Oliver. This was an offering to a friend, an acknowledgement of the love that can grow in friendship and a blessing for the family and community to witness and share in this love. 

Following the ceremony in the Hall, the funeral procession was led to the Wilkies Wood green burial ground, where Ian’s body was buried. It was my honour to hold this ceremony and to facilitate the service to reflect Ian’s life and relationships both with, and outside of, the community.

I recently joined the green burial team, a branch of the Hinterland Trust. I work together with Laura Shreenan as funeral co-ordinator as we gently take the baton from the generous hands of Will Russell, who has been crafting and holding this work for many years. It is the most exquisite honour to hold a funeral ceremony – to give form to a life that has been lived in so many different shapes and threads and colours. 

In many ways the key task of the funeral celebrant or funeral co-ordinator is to listen – listen to the family and friends, listen to the themes emerging in a person’s biography and life choices, listen to the still small voice, listen to what echoes from the deceased and listen to the space. In the green burial ground part of the ceremony is also listening to the land. 

It seems to me that this listening is weaving a vessel that holds those gathered and makes it possible to live in this world whilst in grief, that Mary Oliver described, having loved what is mortal, having held it against our bones, we can entrust the remains of our beloved and let them go.

It is wonderful to be part of a smooth running team that shares the vision of love-in-action, of inner listening, and of respect and co-creation with nature, all in the realm of the green burial ground.

Juanna Grace Ladaga

One Spirit Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counsellor

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Membership Update and Call to Action!

At the end of 2019, the Findhorn Hinterland Trust (FHT) launched the paid membership model to help strengthen our sustainability into the future. We asked everyone interested in supporting the work of FHT to go online and join as a member. The registration process requests a donation as an annual membership payment. Members can select the minimum £10 donation or increase the annual payment if you prefer. The system securely stores your card details so that in future an annual membership fee will be taken automatically. As a member you can choose to cancel this auto-payment arrangement at any time.

The membership donations create a steady income to help FHT fulfil its charitable purpose. In the last financial year we raised £3255 from 126 members through the membership drive and we are keen to welcome many more! Generating our own funds in this way also helped us to attract grant money to support various projects during the year. We’re immensely grateful to the people who have also made generous donations. The FHT is in a sound financial position and we’re looking to become even stronger. The Chair’s Spring round up gives an inspiring overview of the many activities taking place in the months ahead. With your help we can continue to further our work to;

  • Promote environmental protection and improvement.
  • Educate the local community and wider public in relation to the outdoor and environmental opportunities local habitats and environs provide.
  • Encourage community development through offering activities related to the land and by promoting cooperation and collaboration amongst owners and stakeholders.
  • Provide recreational facilities and activities with the object of improving the conditions of life for local people and others in West Moray and beyond.

If you registered your email prior to the 2019 arrangement, you’ll continue to receive our news and mailing for key events. However if you’d like to become a full member we invite you to sign up today. It only takes a few moments to complete the form and you’ll receive updates throughout the year about how your donations are helping to make a difference.

If you’d like to find out more about FHT membership, please contact Arun at [email protected]

Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you on the land!


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Offer of short retreats in Berlin and Baltic Sea

One of our supporters Annette has enjoyed a few programmes with the Findhorn Foundation. She has a property in Berlin and a partially renovated house and meadows some 20 km off the Baltic Sea. Annette would like to open her two homes to members / volunteers of the Hinterland Trust if you like the idea of a few days in either location. She is keen to build her connection with Findhorn, and in particular with the Hinterland Trust.

If you would like to explore this opportunity please connect directly with Annette and she can share more details. Please note this is an informal and experiential offer that is being held in a low-key manner independent of FHT however with our appreciation. It’s important to see how this works with Annette, her partner and the guests involved. She reserves the right to say no to someone anytime.

Property in Berlin

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there someone living in both properties?

We are living in both properties, in Hermannshagen Heide (near the Baltic Sea) about 3 months of the year. For visits in Hermannshagen Heide a car is recommended. Because of renovation work this property can only be visited from next year (2023) on. Expect in both locations basic accommodation with shared facilities and a rather large living room.

Property in Hermannshagen Heide

Would the meals be shared, and would there be some collaborative meal preparation involved?

This would be appreciated and a contribution for purchasing provisions / grocery. Meals are 100% vegan.

Is there an expectation that the people who stay would get involved with activities in the property, or would they be free to roam and explore the local area?

This is difficult to answer because we do not envisage a situation like in a B&B. It depends on a mutual liking, too. Therefore and also because of timing (we need to be on site during a guest’s visit) someone interested should be in contact with us before deciding if she / he would like to stay with us. Or if we would like the person to stay with us. On the other hand there should be sufficient time to explore the surroundings, if the guest wishes so.

Would you want some kind of exchange for this kind offer?

About one hour of help in the garden or house daily or 2 hours each second day. Cleaning their room when leaving.

How many times a year do you envisage having someone stay?

Maybe 2 – 3 times a year

Please contact [email protected] for more details.




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The importance of dead wood in the forest

In much of our modern day world, the conventional view of dead wood is often that it is unsightly, untidy and a waste if it is left lying around in a woodland, and that it should be tidied up, taken away and used for some human purpose. Sadly, this reflects a lack of understanding of how healthy ecosystems function, and is an indication of how far removed from Nature our society has become. Here at the Findhorn Hinterland we seek to reconnect deeply with our local environment and demonstrate a renewed way of living in harmony and balance with the natural world around us, so our approach to dead wood is quite different. 

Young regenerating birch trees in the Fallen Acres area of the Findhorn Hinterland, showing dead wood left on the forest floor.

Dead wood is quite literally the compost heap of the forest – the place where old organic material is broken down naturally, recycled and reintegrated back into the living web of life that is a woodland ecosystem. An entire community of specialist organisms lives on and in dead wood, having evolved specifically to play a role in Nature’s recycling process. These organisms include fungi, slime moulds, woodlice, beetle larvae, springtails, mites and millipedes, to name some of them, as well as various predators such as spiders and centipedes that feed on the invertebrates in dead wood.

Centipede (Geophilus truncorum) on a pine log, Findhorn Hinterland.

The decomposition process begins in most cases with fungi. Whilst many fungi live in the soil, where they have a mycorrhizal relationship with the roots of living trees, there is a particular group known as saprotrophic fungi that live in, and help to break down, dead organic matter, especially dead wood. Some species, known as white rot fungi, specialise in breaking down the lignin in wood, whilst brown rot fungi feed on and decompose the cellulose. The tinder fungus (Fomes fomentarius), which is common on dead birches, is a white rot fungus, whilst the Dyer’s mazegill fungus (Phaeolus schweinitzii), which produces large brackets as fruiting bodies, is a brown rot species.

Dyer’s mazeglll fungus (Phaeolus schweinitzii) at the base of a pine stump on the Findhorn Hinterland, with a hand for scale.

Breaking apart an old log can sometimes reveal the network of threadlike white filaments known as hyphae that are the main body of fungi – the brackets, crusts and occasional mushrooms that appear on the surface of a log are just the reproductive structures that release the fungal spores.

Fungal hyphae on an old pine log, showing how they penetrate through the dead wood.

Slime moulds complement the function of fungi by feeding on and decomposing bacteria and micro-organisms, as well as decaying organic matter, and are usually seen in summer or early autumn, whenever their often brightly-coloured fruiting bodies or sporocarps appear.

Springtails (Hypogastrura sp.,) beside the fruiting bodies of a slime mould (Arcyria ferruginea) on a piece of pine log, on the Findhorn Hinterland.

The spread of fungi and slime moulds within dead wood are often assisted by the wood-boring larvae of beetles, which create tunnels or galleries under the bark of a log as they feed, in some cases over a period of several years. These culminate in a small chamber where the beetle larvae undergo their process of pupation and metamorphosis, and from which the adult beetles emerge.

Small invertebrates such as mites and springtails feed on fungal hyphae and decaying organic matter in dead wood, and are themselves food for small spiders, centipedes and other, predatory species of mites.

Pattern of galleries made by beetle larvae under the bark of a Scots pine log (Pinus sylvestris), Findhorn Hinterland.

A wide range of invertebrate species utilise dead wood as a space to overwinter in, as it provides protection from the harshness of winter and shelter from potential predators. On the Hinterland we’ve found adults of species such as the hawthorn shield bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale) and the two-banded longhorn beetle (Rhagium bifasciatum) overwintering inside old logs.

Hawthorn shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale) at its overwintering site under the loose bark of a pine log, Findhorn Hinterland.

However, the protection is not always effective, and both adult insects and their larvae are targeted by parasitic species such as Ichneumon wasps that inject their eggs into a host species, and by insectivorous birds such as treecreepers and woodpeckers that search out insects on, and in, dead wood respectively.

Feeding damage from a woodpecker on a pine log on the Findhorn Hinterland.

Some of the most abundant invertebrates that occur in dead wood are woodlice, of which there are over 30 species in the UK. Turning over a piece of dead wood or an old log will almost invariably reveal some of these, usually the common woodlouse (Oniscus asellus). Woodlice are actually terrestrial crustaceans that are closely related to marine species such as crabs, and their origin in the sea is reflected by the fact that they require damp places in which to live. They are heavily-armoured with tough exoskeletons and feed on dead wood, helping to recycle the nutrients stored there.

Common woodlice (Oniscus asellus) on a piece of dead pine wood, Findhorn Hinterland

This is just a very brief overview of some of the life that decomposes and transforms dead wood, releasing the organic matter there so that it can recirculate within the woodland ecosystem. For more information please see the  series of blogs that start at: .

On the Findhorn Hinterland we’re leaving dead wood throughout the woodland areas, both as entire logs in some cases, and as piles of brash (a mixture of branches of different sizes). Hopefully this article has illuminated the purpose behind this, and the vital importance of dead wood within the living fabric of a healthy woodland ecosystem.

Alan Watson Featherstone

Beetle larva or grub inside its cocoon, in preparation for pupation, inside an old pine log on the Findhorn Hinterland.


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Botanical Illustrator – Enjoying the Hinterland

Hello I’m Janet.

I first came to Findhorn in 1979 while on a camping trip to Scotland. This was followed by attending Experience Week in 1981 and regular but infrequent visits since then. I was taken with the connection to nature at Findhorn that I hadn’t met elsewhere. It became my life-long spiritual home. I almost came to live here, taking huge risks with my career to follow what I really wanted to do in pursuing my interest in working with children, with always an idea that if it didn’t work out I would live at Findhorn. It did work out, and I worked as Director of a Child Psychotherapy training school until my retirement at the end of 2019. Attuning to the essence of my work, as I had learned to do at Findhorn, was a daily practice. 

I came to the 2019 Climate Change and Consciousness conference at Findhorn and at that time also became the owner of a caravan at Findhorn Sands. The pull to do this was one of the strongest I’ve felt in my life.

Lockdown prevented me from visiting the caravan much in the first year and I enriched my love of nature by joining the Natural History Society of Northumbria, a local organisation to my hometown Newcastle upon Tyne, and signing up for an online class in botanical drawing. 

Since then the Hinterland has offered me many opportunities to practice my emerging skills. I have collected and drawn specimens of lichen, aided and abetted by the very knowledgeable Heather Paul, and seaweed, rowan and wild rose. I hope these drawings inspire others to do the same. Experiencing a close connection with nature is so much more important than the end result.

Janet Shaw






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FHT Chair’s Roundup – April and May 2022

Spring energy, longer days and milder weather has helped inspire more people to be out on the land and much activity has been happening to do with the FHT some of which you will find documented in other articles in this newsletter.  It is left for me to fill in the gaps and also give you some idea of the inspiring things that are in the pipeline during the next few months.

George’s article covers the various construction projects that we have been involved in.  As he mentioned these have been supported by having the Conservation Hub facility to work out of.  You might like to view a short video produced by the Britta and Alex of the Findhorn Foundation Communications team where I give a little tour of the building and tell a little more about it – the link can be found here.  

The construction projects have also been greatly helped by the milling of the stormdamaged wood for the new sanctuary that was mentioned in the last newsletter as this process provided ‘waste’ wood that could be used to build the various structures.  The sanctuary timber operation was aided by a host of volunteers and was completed on the 14th of April, which incidently was the date back in 1968 that the construction of the old sanctuary was finished.  A huge thank you to our sponsors and all that have been involved in this process.

It would have been good to have an article about what has been happening in the Woodland Garden, which every day is becoming even more a haven of growth, peace and activity.  Draeyk  van der Horn who has been orchestrating this transformation is now our local councillor representing the Green Party so his time for FHT work has been squeezed and his preference is to spend it in the garden creating greater balance in his life rather than writing about it.  He very much welcomes volunteers during the Saturday morning sessions that take place from 9am and is open to setting up other sessions to suit you – he can be contacted on 07595434624 or at [email protected]  He will need a small team to take on the erection of a new greenhouse which arrives on the 24th May – the old one was seen as too dangerous and Draeyk and his partner Bruce generously offered to buy a new one complete with safety glass.  The old frame will not be wasted but used to provide a sheltered potting area behind the Outdoor Learning Space.  Draeyk did have time to pop by to try out the ‘throne’ created as part of the new compost toilet – an appropriate place to carry out green councillor surgeries?!

I would also like to take a moment to appreciate an often unsung FHT hero – our Land Manager Kajedo Wanderer who is our only employee that  keeps so much good work happening mostly behind the scenes and gives so much of himself and his passion to the land and the people who frequent it.  Thank you Kajedo for everything you are and do!  It was great to see him recognised recently when he was granted a Woodland Award for his work as a woodland contractor by  This inspiring organisation helps promote small woods ownership and management and more can be found out about the awards scheme at   

There are exciting plans afoot in the coming months some of which are detailed below:


Date Event
2-4 June Forest Bathing Training Course A training course for trainers, which emphasises the scientifically proven health benefits of spending time in woodlands.  Initially based in our woods and using our Woodland Shelter then moving to other woodlands in the area with accommodation and food provided by the Findhorn Foundation.
8 June  FHT AGM Held on Zoom from 7.30pm to 9.00pm
10-12 June Specialist Weekend Retreat: Biodiversity Held by Kajedo Wanderer with specialist input from Alan Watson Featherstone founder of Trees for life and Heather Paul our local lichen enthusiast.
16th June  Chivas Regal Corporate event 30 employees here for the day to give a helping hand to our conservation efforts as well as aid their own team building process
20th June Forres Academy Biology Field trip 80 pupils carrying out fieldwork activities on our land.  It is hoped to make this an annual event
25th June FHT Work Party 9.30-noon meeting at the Hub
2nd –9th July  Weeklong FHT Retreat Held by Kajedo – the first weeklong retreat
30th July  FHT Work Party 9.30-noon meeting at the Hub
5th – 7th August Specialist Weekend Retreat: Plants – Delving Deeper Held by Kajedo Wanderer with specialist input from Jennie Martin founder of the environmental charity Wild Things!
27th August FHT Work party 9.30-noon meeting at the Hub
3rd – 10th September Weeklong retreat Based on the land and held by Kajedo
22nd -25th September  Permaculture Scotland Annual Gathering A big event possibly involving 100 to 150 people camping on our pads and the green burial area.
24th September FHT Work Party 9.30-noon meeting at the Hub
30th September -2nd October Weekend Retreat Based on the land and held by Kajedo

Do please support us by attending the upcoming FHT AGM where we can come together to celebrate a very productive year, which has resulted in a positive turnaround with our finances.   You can also support our continued success by promoting the various retreats that were so successful last summer – find out more by visiting the Trybooking site and letting your friends know that these happenings are taking place.

We will also need help with managing some of these events including the erection of the big marquee that the Phoenix Shop as a Community Interest Company (CIC) purchased some years ago to help encourage and support larger community events.  Contact me on 07825212816 or at [email protected]  if you are able to give a helping hand.

That’s all for now.  Enjoy the summer.  During July and August I will be thinking about you and the land as I sail 2200 nautical miles around Britain.  Maybe we will need to delay the next newsletter until the end of September so I have a few weeks to get my feet under me on my return?

Blessings and appreciations to all,

Jonathan Caddy

Chair Findhorn Hinterland Trust 

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FHT Apiary Update

Last season finished with a very satisfactory honey harvest. Preparations for the coming season began in the autumn with treating all the hives for varroa mite. This is a small, crab like creature under 1mm across but to a bee it is enormous. It latches on to the bees and sucks out its juices and transmits various viruses. Unfortunately, it is now endemic in most countries and without treatment many colonies will die. Much as we would love to avoid treating the bees it is not a realistic option at present if we want bees. Some beekeepers are experimenting with selecting bees with natural resistance to varroa but this can lead to complete loss of colonies.

However, we were delighted to enter the winter with 10 colonies. Come spring we anxiously waited the first inspection, 8 of the colonies had survived, one of the losses was definitely due to varroa, the colony had been weak in the autumn. The over-wintering bees need to be strong enough to live for about seven months and have the energy to rear the new bees in the spring. During the summer, bees will only live about seven weeks, they work so hard.

We used the winter months to sort out our equipment, having acquired an old shed which we placed at the apiary and now use to store all our equipment on site, a real boon. Unfortunately, the winter storms twice removed the roof, but it now has a very sturdy new roof, made of second-hand toilet partition boards! Good recycling.

We are purchasing a new honey extractor, thanks to a generous donation from Robert Holden. The old extractor ceased to work towards the end of last harvest.

We have also received a generous gift of three hives, from Alain. They have been skilfully made by him, the roofs are of slate, amazing. No danger of these blowing off.

Our management over the summer months will concentrate on reducing swarming, where the queen leaves with about half of the bees. The result is the remaining colony produces little surplus honey. We also plan to rear some new queens.

We are always pleased to receive the help of volunteers who wish to learn about beekeeping. Protective suits and gloves will be provided. If you would like to join us, please let Jonathan Caddy know. Bees are the most wonderful creatures and essential to our wellbeing, so do consider coming to experience the work in the apiary. It is situated near the wind turbines.

John Willoner and Martin Harker

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An FHT Apprenticeship Trial

Living and Working on the Land for Six Weeks

I write these words from a cosy bell tent in the Hinterland, which stands on a new camping pad I managed to clear with the help of my friends.  We started at the end of February and finished in mid March. Now I have lived here for a month and two weeks, committing myself to this land and its needs with a weekly input of time, energy and love. One would not make sense without the other, as being in the woods gives me so much it would just be incoherent to not give anything back.

What is it that being surrounded by trees and other wildlife gives? Words might not be enough to describe it, but we all have an idea of what it is to feel an immense love for the soil on which we step, the air we breathe and the comforting idea that nature nurtures not only our bodies and souls, but also the connection within ourselves and others. Waking up in such a beautiful place allows me to serve all my commitments full of energy and joy.

I arrived here eight months ago and I have been living in The Park since then. Enough time to state these months have been life-changing for me. This place provides learning opportunities of a very special kind, and its people have warmly welcomed me for this and more. Little pieces of every person, group, organisation and other stories have all contributed to my experience here, but this recent jump into the woods feels like one of the best decisions yet. My first contact with Findhorn Hinterland Trust work was through a tour guided by Kajedo and, from then on, I have never stopped being fascinated by the inspiring good work that is done here. Touched by its vision, I soon started to regularly join the new Conservation Hub’s building working shifts as a volunteer. Today, it is really moving to see this wooden-made structure standing in the forest completely finished knowing that, as many others in the community, I have been part of such a thing to be materialised. Peeling logs, moving wood or varnishing are satisfying activities itself, but seeing the result is absolutely magic and makes a little contribution immensely rewarding. 

The Woodland Garden has also changed a lot since I first went there, and I have enjoyed very much spending some mornings with Draeyk and others moving wood chips, intensely weeding or making space for the new compost piles or the green house to be placed. However, agroforestal changes are more subtle to perceive and it takes a slow learning journey to train our eyes and develop an open observing perception. In a way it is easy to arrive one morning and leave seeing the difference that a working session has made. For example, when a little group spends three hours cutting gorse, it is quite gratifying to see all the spaces that have been created for other plants and trees to spread more freely. However, it is difficult to see huge differences in a short amount of time. It might be about the natural paces, its own rhythms and seasons, together with the fact that only the surface of land that FHT manages is really vast compared to our lovely piece of Woodland Garden or the terrain in which the new Conservation Hub now stands. Maybe it is about the larger previous context I have to catch up with. Anyways, may I develop these attentive senses to understand and see everyday a little bit more by working and living on the land.

As the first permaculture principle says, ‘Observe and Interact’ is now one of the things I am deeply interested in. Implementing it to the practice of every practical skill is what I am working on. From scarrifying to emptying a compost toilet, building a new one (in process) or learning to drive a tractor, all these are new skills for me to learn, and I care about why they are useful and how they serve our bigger purpose…  Everything is yet to be done. I really hope this is just the beginning and this apprenticeship experiment can serve other volunteers in the future, benefiting them equally as they might benefit this place and its beings too. I am now full of dreams and I can just aspire to be able to stay and keep on this learning path as long as possible. I believe its potential is huge and FHT purposes are aligned with my expectations of serving the community and promoting its involvement, protecting the land and being able to environmentally educate myself and others thanks to this community involvement and  its natural energy exchange. I am looking forward to sharing this learning journey with you all.

With deep gratitude,



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News from the land – Spring 2022

The land is dressed in yellow – the ocean of gorse between the woods and the sea is in full bloom (and smelling deliciously of coconut), and the woods have put on a green dress once again –  the fresh green of new leaves on the trees. Even the oaks are beginning to unfurl their leaves – they are usually the last ones to shed their leaves in the autumn and the last ones to show their new ones in the spring.

And the warming days are bringing a constant trickle of campers on our camping pads.

But as I mentioned the gorse – this is the last time we are doing the annual track maintenance in the spring – cutting new growth of gorse on firebreaks, paths and open areas like the Green Burial, around the wind-turbines etc with the topper. This year we’ll make the switch to an autumn cut – which makes more sense considering the growth cycle of gorse.

And once the topper’s work is done we follow up with the ‘brushcutter’ – a ‘strimmer’ or ‘bushwhacker’ with a metal blade attachment. And there is a lot of gorse to cut that way !  Following the topper as well as on places the tractor & topper can’t reach – uneven ground and slopes.

The firewood from the previous winter has all been sold and this winter’s ‘harvest’ is now drying in the woods in new neat stacks.

While I have been busy with the ongoing unglamorous ‘conservation work’ –

Gorse cutting with topper and brushcutter, tree-care, maintenance of our existing facilities, hand-cutting standing gorse on winter grazing areas etc. Jonathan has been working on one ‘special project’ after another – first it was to see the conservation hub completed, then the processing of fallen timber for the rebuilding of the new main community sanctuary, we now have a hay shelter for the ponies, and as I speak the ‘new loo’ – our second compost toilet is making good progress. Once that is done we are really excited to build a wee ‘shepherds hut’ on the base of one of our old trailers. It will be movable, warm and accommodation for one of our young committed volunteers. And speaking of that – we now have a volunteer living in a bell-tent on an extension eastward of the regular camping pads.

We’ve had a wedding, quite a few birthday parties for kids, a few other group bookings and burials with wakes at the shelter on the Green Burial Ground.

Every Friday morning half a dozen wee kids (Findhorn ‘fledglings’) and their parents gather at the ‘picnic table’ fireplace for ‘a morning of playing in the woods. Always a lovely sight!

Will Russel has patiently and thoroughly trained James Bryson and myself to take over the responsibilities to do with the actual committal of bodies to the ground. It is an honour to serve in this way.

We have ordered trees from the woodland trust to be planted in the autumn. Storm Arwen and the subsequent storms have created more open spaces in the woods which can welcome a new generation of trees.

And you might have seen it – we are offering a ‘wild camping retreat’ every month throughout the summer. Spread the word – last year’s retreats received great feedback from our participants!

Finally – enjoy the gentler outdoors of this season. Go slowly and watch closely, listen, and feel… There is so much magical beauty out there!

Many blessings,



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Oor Noo Loo and Other Creations

Since the completion of the Conservation Hub we’ve been busy with more, much needed construction. However, contrary to what Jonathan has told some folk, we have not been building Scotland’s first all wood spaceship!

Earlier in the year we completed a storage shed for the ponies hay….. a big improvement on wind- flapped tarpaulin. It’s tucked away unobtrusively in the gorse and provides dry storage and easier access. We estimate the total cost was between £5 and £10 ! The frame and cladding is from our own woods, much being generously made available by recent gales. The roof is recycled material from the demolition of the old caravan park toilet block. Nothing wasted.


Next, almost completed, is a new compost toilet. Sighted a few metres from the original one ( still in use) it reflects the steady increase in visitors and activities in the Hinterland area. As with the hay store we have used our own timber and salvaged material. It’s been fun trying to produce something that is functional and blends in with its surroundings and I think we’ve managed.

Thirdly and still at an early stage is a Shepherd’s hut. We regularly have a long term volunteer working at Hinterland and good accommodation has sometimes proved challenging to find. The ’hut’ will, we think, provide a cosy dry spacious wee home for whoever lives there.

We’ve taken the chassis of the old tractor trailer, treated the rust and painted it and the hut will sit on top. Again we are using our own timber and of course the reclaimed chassis. ( which, incidentally is already recycled from a 1940’s Albion lorry).

It’s been so good to have the facilities of the new Hub. Efficient storage, electricity and working space, not to mention a kettle. We have had enormous help from a good number of hard working volunteers. Every input, whether  a couple of hours or more has been/is  valuable. It doesn’t matter if it’s stripping bark from logs or digging holes, nailing planks or measuring and marking, pondering a problem or washing the teacups, words of advice, criticism or encouragement. They’re all part of community involvement and are valued.

George Paul

FHT Long term committed volunteer

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