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countryside trustPerth & Kinross Countryside Trust are looking for two people to join their board and help make a difference to the Perth & Kinross countryside.

Are you passionate about the outdoors and want to play an active role in shaping its future development and management?

Are you interested in and play an active role in tourism or you are passionate about community involvement and would like have your voice heard?

Are you dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking? 

Would you like to be involved in encouraging people to get outside and enjoy their local environment? 

… then you will definitely be interested in one of the exciting new opportunities that have arisen to join the board of Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust to represent either tourism or community interests. 

Established in 1997, the Trust is a partnership between Perth and Kinross Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Enterprise, the Gannochy Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Tourism sector.

In the last few years, the Trust has actively and successfully promoted Perth and Kinross as Big Tree Country (BTC), to the benefit of numerous sites and thousands of people. 

Through the Big Tree Country Heritage & Access project, £1.8m was invested over three years to:

  • add new, or improve existing, paths, many of which are all abilities, in a variety of areas
  • preserve, conserve and protect our woodland heritage including vital tree surgery on some of our famous trees
  • interpret the sites using, amongst other things, wood and stone carvings, a David Douglas pavilion in honour of the plant collector, a seated statue of Robert Burns, and the development of BTC geo-caching sites
  • educate local school children, encouraging them to take a pride and interest in their environment, through aWoodland Bus, and  story-telling with David Douglas in Woodlands, Words and Wonders
  • develop and enhance new and existing viewpoints to showcase the best of Big Tree Country

Where possible all of the work was carried out by local or Scottish craftspeople and suppliers.  For more information visit www.perthshirebigtreecountry.co.uk.

The Trust also manages The Cateran Trail, the first circular, long-distance route in Britain.  It is 103 km (64 ml) long and has five distinct sections and a mini-trail.  Throughout the past few years the Trust has:

  • worked successfully with local land owners along the Trail
  • improved paths, removed stiles and installed self-closing gates
  • added new and innovative hand-carved waymarkers featuring the heads of Caterans
  • developed a dedicated Cateran Trail website – www.caterantrail.org
  • worked with local businesses and communities to heavily promote the trail for the benefit of all concerned
  • created the first UK based GeoTour to promote the value of geocaching to rural tourism

 And that’s not all we do.  Browse through the Trust’s website – www.pkct.org – to see some of the other projects we’ve worked on in recent years.

 We’re now working on Big Tree Country Phase II, including the Historic Orchards Project, and the iCONic Project.

We are also one of the leading partners developing the £2.6 million Tay Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Excited about the possibility of guiding our small team of dedicated professionals committed to changing the outdoors for the better? Then we would ask that you:

  • attend four (quarterly) half-day meetings a year, with the possibility of site visits or excursions on two of these
  • support and attend, where possible, events, launches and openings
  • become involved in sub-groups, appropriate to your area of interest and expertise, to help the Trust officers achieve the best possible project outcomes for the benefit of locals and visitors alike

Membership is voluntary, unpaid … and invaluable to the work of the Trust!

Sound like something you would like to be involved in?  Then write to the address below, telling us why you would like to join and what you have to offer the Trust, with details of relevant experience in either tourism or community activities. Closing date 10th May 2013.

Applications: Paul McLennan, Trust Manager, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, 35 Kinnoull St, Perth PH1 5GD

Further information:  Paul McLennan, Trust Manager, e: paul.mclennan@pkct.org , t: 01738 475255

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