Findhorn Hinterland Trust Newsletter - Issue 5 - May 2017
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Welcome to the Summer newsletter from the Findhorn Hinterland Trust!

Find out about the news, events, stories and pictures to do with the Findhorn Hinterland.

Hello, and welcome to the Summer 2017 edition of the FHT newsletter. In it you will hear all about this year's Woodland Festival, news about our bees and the green burial site, events on the land this summer as well as further invitations to help get you out and involved with the remarkable piece of land that we live next to.

Changes have been happening and our new board member and editor of the last newsletter, Tom Moon, has had to sadly step down from these positions which leaves me, Jonathan Caddy,  getting the Summer edition out a bit late!  Yes do come forward and get in touch if you feel inspired to help put together this newsletter.  It can be fun and creative with lots of help that can be given to get you started if you need it.

Newsletters are now quarterly but we may still need to send out the occasional email between editions to keep everybody in touch with what's going on. 

Yours sincerely, Jonathan Caddy. 

A Woodland Festival - 
Coming this Year and Very Soon!

The Woodland Festival in 2016 was an amazing success bringing a wide variety of people of all ages together to enjoy and learn about our special woods and land.  This was well documented in last year's Public Consultation report and many people since then have expressed an interest in making this an annual event.  

So much has been going on in 2017 for the trust that the FHT trustees thought there would not be energy for a repeat this year.  However the Phoenix Shop and Findhorn Bay Holiday Park suggested we could collaborate and make it part of a new event called ParkFest - a weekend of entertainment, food, drink, festivities and fun set on Saturday 9th September on the Green at the Park, Findhorn with a free ceilidh by the great Scottish band A9 in the Universal Hall that evening and on Sunday 10th September the action shifting to around the Woodland Shelter in Wilkies Wood.  Further information about the event can be found here and a map to help you find your way around the festival is also available.  Do come and join us - invite your friends and family too.

The Woodland Festival part will include many of the favourites enjoyed last year - bushcraft demonstrations, nature tracking, storytelling, willow weaving, walks and talks on the land, a beekeeping display, tractor rides for the kids, plenty food and drink and much more - see last years photo gallery and write up to see the fun that went on.  A  Community Fund grant of £2600 from the Forestry Commission Scotland has been secured to help fund this part of the event.


Our monthly work parties are a great way to get involved in the conservation work in the Hinterland, and also a fun social event. The last few work parties show the breadth of the type of work involved managing the land – preparing honey frames and equipment for the bees, repairing the woodland shelter roof, clearing gorse to preserve a firebreak and building up the bund around our wildlife ponds with brash

There is always a range of work on offer, from relatively light tasks to more physically demanding, so that we can cater for different ages and abilities. A few more people joining in will make it an even more rewarding and productive time - do come and join us! 


These are now available on the website and can be found as a bottom right hand tab on this page.  Now those who have just joined can find out what has been going on and all can access and share the FHT information contained within them more easily.
The Wilkies Wood Green Burial site continues to prove to be a much appreciated and well used local resource with three further burials taking place this summer.  First there was the burial of the amazing chef, musician and Findhorn Foundation co-worker James Wallace followed by John Hamilton a long standing Park resident and finally our dear, much loved friend and former FHT trustee Bruce Wallace.  Each were buried on the site with great care and respect attended by many of their family and friends with Will Russell the FHT Green Burial Co-ordinator doing a sterling job of organising the funerals as well as holding the services.
Good but steady progress has been made with the move towards the FHT buying the green burial site for a nominal sum from the Findhorn Foundation and the production of the long awaited Integrated Management Plan for the area. Watch out for major progress in our Autumn newsletter.

Our Bees have been Buzzing this summer!

Martin Harker, a new Findhorn Hinterland Trust member with plenty of experience managing land, green burials and bees, donated four hives to the FHT after he discovered his wife was severely allergic to bee stings.  Thank you Martin for your amazing generosity and also your willingness to help us out with the management of our apiary!  This brings the total number of hives we manage to eight.  

Martin, Jonathan Caddy and John Willoner have been a strong and consistent team this summer carrying out regular inspections and offering many people the opportunity to learn about these fascinating and vital social animals.  Learning opportunities have included giving a taster session for eleven young people ages six to fifteen who were on a Family Experience Week this summer.
It's great to have more bees around, to be able to boost people's knowledge about them and even have a little honey to sell so that they are able to pay for their keep. 

If you would like to find out more about bee and beekeeping opportunities with the FHT call Jonathan on 07825212816 or email or see our website for more info.


Get involved! Regular Hinterland activities 

Hinterland Work Parties - the last Saturday every month, 9:30 to 12:00 - meet at the Hinterland Information Point in Wilkies Wood.
Map here...

Weekly work party in the Edible Woodland Garden on Wednesday's from 9.30am to 12:00 - tools and gloves are provided, but if you prefer your own bring them along!

Weekly tours round the Hinterland by Kajedo and George - Thursdays at 2pm until the end of October - meet outside the Visitor Centre at the Park.

Details here...

If you went down to the woods and land this summer...

Yes you would have found so many things going on.  The Children and Youth in Community (CYC) summer camp had a bell tent up as their base and many a day was spent with the younger group of 3 to 6 year olds and also with a group of 7 to 11 year olds out in the woods and on the beach.  There were Duke of Edinburgh youth biking in from Nairn, birthday parties around the shelter with fire and friends, wild campers staying and helping out with the varied work managing the place, a well attended memorial ceremony for Bruce Wallace complete with marquees and speeches, singing circles, wild nature workshops, varied regular work parties, Care Farming activities, weekly work experience on the land happening with the Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP), pond dipping escapades, Edible Woodland Garden working bees and so much more!  It has been great to see the land used, appreciated and looked after so well by so many people this summer.

Much of this success is due to the great work done by Kajedo Wanderer the FHT land manager whose job includes co-ordinating all these activities.  The Findhorn Foundation has allowed him to be taken on by the FHT for more than half of his working time for the next year (up until the end of June 2018) with the trust paying a living wage for his services.

Bruce Wallace"s Memorial Service held on the Green Burial site.
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