Students from Breadalbane Academy have been planting trees with the Highland Perthshire Community Land Trust (HPCLT) as part of a partnership agreement which sees all S1 pupils offered a day’s tree planting at Dun Coillich.
Highland Perthshire Community Land Trust (HPCLT) is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and was originally purchased by the community on the open market. The Trust now provides educational, training, and recreational opportunities for members of the community and the wider public.
Heather Hamilton, the Project Officer for HPCLT speaking about the importance of the day said: “It is important to get young people involved in practical environmental work.
‘’Tree planting is an opportunity for S1 pupils to experience something different and get out and see some of the beautiful spaces we’ve got in Highland Perthshire. We also teach them a bit about the native flora and fauna and hopefully spark a lifelong interest in our natural world. It’s not easy for everyone to get out. It’s an opportunity to give them a bit of a taster.
“We’ve had pupils who were with us as S1’s gone on to do our Rural Skills Course when they were sixteen.’’
Further information about HPCLT can be found on their website https://hpclt.org/