Earlier this year the Findhorn Hinterland Trust (FHT) gained legal status as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). This is good news for people living on the Findhorn peninsula and beyond our area’s diverse local environment as it means that there is now a more permanent organisation to carry forward the nine years of good work that the community group, the Findhorn Hinterland Group (FHG) previously did.
Like the FHG before it, the Trust is dedicated to protecting and improving the local environment and its unique habitats, encouraging community development and improving life conditions for the people of West Moray and beyond by providing education and recreational facilities and activities. As with the community group, the Trust will not own any land but seek to work with local landowners to help manage our special and nationally important local environment in an integrated way. The Trust will pursue formal agreements and possibly long-term leases with a variety of landowners, such as the Findhorn Foundation, and will try to arrange less formal ones with other organisations, such as the Findhorn Village Conservation Company. A lease for part of the Wilkies Wood will be particularly important to secure the future use of the green burial site, which plays an important community function and provides income to the trust.
The Findhorn Hinterland Trust will also seek to encourage more people to get out, enjoy and learn more about the special environment in their backyard. It will also keep on organising opportunities to get together to care for and give back to the area, continuing the successful monthly work parties that the Findhorn Hinterland Group set up over seven years ago. These work parties have resulted in clear walking paths, newly planted woodland areas, nationally important lichen areas being conserved, bird boxes erected, new wildlife ponds being installed, the creation of an experimental woodland garden, the building of a woodland shelter for community events and other innovations.
One of the first steps the Trust will take in the following months is to reach out to the general public to find out how they want to see the area looked after. This will be a public consultation that will include sharing information about the area’s diverse habitats and non-human residents. It hopes to translate the vision and remit that emerges from this process into a new management document to guide the Trust’s work. The plan is to do this in collaboration with the Findhorn Dunes Trust, the Findhorn Foundation and Duneland Ltd as landowners. Until this happens, do consider joining as a new member by requesting a form from the Membership Secretary at or picking up one from the Findhorn Village Centre or the General Office at The Park. If you would like to become a trustee, please contact the Convenor Jonathan Caddy at .