Due to the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in this summer, we have taken the decision to produce an online edition of our Caraidean Newsletter which is normally printed and posted out to all out Members & Friends. Despite all the restrictions and challenges these first 6 months of 2020 have been busy for us at NHT. Enjoy.
News & Events
Although restrictions in Scotland have eased slightly, we still remain in lockdown. Phase 3 of the Scottish Government route map will allow for restrictions to be eased for travel and the preliminary date for this is 15th July, this date will be confirmed on 9th of July.
However, as we move into the “new normal” things will be different. From a North Harris Trust point of view much of the work we would normally be involved in has been suspended, this includes our guided walk programme and all volunteering work. Currently the Huisnis Gateway building and campervan hook ups remain closed for the foreseeable future. The commencement of some of our activities in the coming weeks and months will be carefully considered, in line with Scottish Govt guidance and widely advertised to keep the public informed.
If you have any queries, please contact us via email@example.com
24th June 2020
Hi i’m Clara, the new community ranger for the John Muir Trust based out here on the Western Isles, working between the North Harris Trust, West Harris Trust and Galson Estate Trust. My duties will be varied, from working with volunteer groups, leading guided walks and completing some habitat monitoring work. All of which I look forward to starting with any luck in the near future.
I grew up much further south on the Isle of Wight before moving to Scotland to undertake a BSc in conservation biology at University in Stirling and have been living in Caithness and Sutherland for the past year or so. I have a strong interest in wildlife conservation and the outdoors in general, spending much of my time out walking or looking for wildlife. I look forward to working and getting to know the islands and community during my time here.
Clara April 2020
‘Following direction on measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the North Harris Trust has cancelled all planned walks, activities and events until further notice.’
The North Harris Trust is responsible for the management of approximately 70,000 acres of community-owned land in North Harris. The Trust is a company limited by guarantee. The company consists of twelve directors, who are elected from within the community. In addition to land management, the Trust engages in a range of projects which deliver economic, social and cultural benefit to the local community. The company has grown considerably since its formation in 2003, and it is now an established presence within the North Harris community and further afield.
The Board is currently seeking to recruit a Manager. The successful applicant will have:
• strong leadership qualities
• relevant experience of project planning and delivery
• relevant knowledge of land management issues, including crofting legislation
• strong financial acumen
• proven experience of staff management
• good oral and written communication skills
• a commitment to the principle of community ownership and management of assets
Salary: £32,500 per annum
Closing date for applications: Friday 28th February 2020
Application forms and further information are available from:
Calum J Mackay, Tiorga, 1 Ardhasaig, Harris, HS3 3AJ
Tel: 01859 50 2385 / 07796511499
NORTH HARRIS TRUST: SELECTION OF DIRECTORS
To ensure all members can get involved and bring fresh ideas, there is an annual rotation of the North Harris Trust Board requiring a third of the longest standing Directors to retire. This year we have four vacancies.
These vacancies are for Directors representing the following areas:
AREA NUMBER OF VACANCIES
Urgha to Glen Carragreich 1
Bowglas, Scaladale & Ardvourlie 1
The selection process requires nomination forms to be submitted. If we receive more nominations than there are vacancies for an area, there will be a ballot of the residents within that area. Selected nominees will be proposed for appointment at the AGM which will be held on Monday 24th February 2020.
If you are a member of the Trust and interested in serving as a Director for one of the areas listed above, nomination forms are available from the Trust Office, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will be happy to answer any questions you have about the roles and responsibilities of Directors.
The deadline for the submission of completed nomination forms is Friday 24th January 2020.
Note: NHT Members can represent any area of the Estate, but they must receive nominations from two members who reside within the relevant area.