2019 AGM & Members' Gathering

Booking for the Trust's AGM & Members' Gathering in Birnam is now open - reserve your place today

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This year the Trust's Annual General Meeting and Members' Gathering will be held at the Birnam Arts & Conference Centre in beautiful Highland Perthshire. Join us to hear about the Trust’s latest work, connect with staff, trustees and other members of the Trust. We look forward to welcoming you. 

FRIDAY 24 MAY, 7PM – 9:30PM

If you are able, join us for a social gathering over light refreshments including canapés, wine and local ale.

Renowned nature writer Jim Crumley will welcome us to the area before we hear from Liz Auty, our land manager for nearby East Schiehallion and from some of the other organisations involved in the Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership. Award winning playwright Lesley Wilson will also treat us to a performance of her work, ‘The Land That Forgot’, before some time to catch up with fellow members and browse displays from local John Muir Award participants.

SATURDAY 25 MAY, 9AM – 9PM

We will return to the Birnam Arts & Conference Centre on the Saturday to say good morning over a cup of fresh coffee. The day will open with our ever-popular staff reports, followed by the formal AGM. After a hearty lunch we'll head out to explore the local area before a final get together in the evening for those who don’t have to rush away.

09:00 – 09:45 | Registration
09:45 – 10:35 | Welcome and staff reports
10:35 – 11:00 | Refreshment break
11.00 – 13:10 | AGM and open forum
13:10 – 14:30 | Lunch (pre-booked)
14:00 – 18:30 | Afternoon activities
18:00 – 21:00 | An informal hot buffet dinner with wine and local ale awaits after your busy afternoon of adventuring, from 6pm onward. Top fiddle-player Pete Clark and his 3-piece ceilidh band will provide the tunes before we open the floor for all to join. Please bring your instruments if you’d like to.
20:00 – 21:00 | A final few words, plus prize draw results. 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

1. East Schiehallion guided walk (20 places, 14.00 until ~18.30)

Liz Auty, the Trust’s local Property Manager, will lead a small group on a guided walk of the Trust’s land, introducing this special wild landscape, and outlining the Trust’s plans. The walk itself will last ~2.5 hours covering rough ground – please dress appropriately.

2. East Schiehallion conservation activity (12 places, 14.00 until ~18.30)

Izzy Filor, the Trust’s local Conservation Officer, will lead a group with some hands-on conservation work on the Trust’s land. Our jobs will be determined nearer the time, but be prepared to get stuck in for ~2.5 hours. Tools and gloves provided. Please bring clothes you don’t mind getting muddy.

3. Corbenic Camphill Community & Poetry Path (20 places, 14.30 until ~18.00)

Hear how Corbenic puts people with special needs at the centre of its community. Poet Jon Plunkett - who developed the Poetry Path - will share some poems before we explore at our own pace over open hillside and through native woodlands. We’ll have the chance to pen our own lines to add to the path’s ‘Poetree’ installation.

4. Loch of the Lowes wildlife reserve – Scottish Wildlife Trust* (20 places, 14.30 until ~18.00) ***EXCURSION FULL***

In the crannog hide we’ll hear about the reserve and its osprey breeding pair. We’re then free to explore the visitor centre and hides. It’s chick-hatching time - catch live footage and spot red squirrels, wildfowl and deer. Wander back to Dunkeld via the Fungarth walk through rolling countryside at your own pace (~2 miles). No dogs allowed.

5. Quarrymill Woodland Park – RSPB Scotland & Gannochy Trust* (20 places, 14.30 until ~18.00)

This historically industrial site is now looked after by The Gannochy Trust for the public. RSPB Scotland provides experiential outdoor learning, including the John Muir Award, to develop environmental stewardship. With RSPB Scotland we’ll learn about the local heritage amongst the trees, and consider how young people engage with nature.

6. Discover Dunkeld & Birnam – walking tour (20 places, 14.30 until ~18.30)

We’ll head out on foot to discover the local heritage. Past the famous Birnam Oak we’ll follow the River Tay up towards the village of Inver where we’ll stop at the cottage of Charles McIntosh - 19th century composer, naturalist and mentor to Beatrix Potter. Up at the Hermitage, a prime example of 18th century landscape design, we’ll take in its paths and dramatic gorge views and hear from National Trust for Scotland before returning to town.

7. Policy Discussion* (20 places, 14.30 until ~16.30)

Join Helen McDade, Head of Policy, for a discussion about how we influence opinion and decision-makers for the benefit of people and nature.

BOOKING A PLACE

Booking is not required for the staff reports and formal AGM on Saturday 25 May (09.45-13.10). If you have not already booked a place and would be interested in attending this session please either register below or simply turn up at the Birnam Arts & Conference Centre on the day.

Booking for the Social Gathering on Friday 24 May and for the lunch, excursions and supper on Saturday 25 May is essential – follow the link below to confirm your place today.

Detailed information about the weekend will be sent out by post or email approximately four weeks prior to the AGM and Members' Gathering. If you have any questions, or do not receive a confirmation email for your booking, please get in touch with Helen Mason who will be happy to help.

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION

Dunkeld & Birnam are well connected by car, bus and rail from all major centres in the UK. You may wish to book accommodation as soon as possible as availability in the area is limited. The Dunkeld and Birnam Tourist Association website has a variety of accommodation options close to the venue.

PHOTO SHOWS HEATHER IN BLOOM ON SCHIEHALLION. (CREDIT: JEN DERR)

*Motorised wheelchair access possible – contact helen.mason@johnmuirtrust.org

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