For more than ten years the North Harris Trust and the John Muir Trust have worked closely to manage the spectacular landscapes and wildlife of North Harris.
Over the years the two organisations have collaborated on an enormous range of projects, which have not only helped protect the estate’s internationally important wildlife and habitats, but have also greatly improved facilities for visitors and the local community, as well as bringing many thousands of pounds into this fragile rural economy.
To celebrate their achievements, the two organisations have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which commits them to working together to protect, enhance and promote the stunning North Harris estate.
The partnership was formally signed last week by Calum MacKay, Chair of the North Harris Trust and Mick Blunt, the John Muir Trust’s Area Manager for the Western Isles.
The John Muir Trust Chief Executive Stuart Brooks said: “This partnership should act as a model for how conservation organisations and communities can work together for mutual benefit.
“For over 10 years the North Harris Trust and the John Muir Trust have joined forces to manage, protect and promote one of the finest areas of wild land in Scotland.
“We have had great successes along the way and I look forward to many more in years to come.”
The range of projects created during the past 10 years is impressive, and includes establishing the hugely popular Harris Mountain Festival; setting up and running the only ranger service in the Western Isles; surveying and repairing miles of footpaths; undertaking habitat monitoring and interpretation projects; organising regular beach cleans; and creating new woodlands.
Calum MacKay, Chair of the North Harris Trust, added: “The North Harris Trust welcomes this agreement that recognises the tremendously successful partnership we have had with the John Muir Trust, one that stretches back to the earliest days of the community buyout.
“We look forward to continuing our great relationship with the John Muir Trust over the coming years.”