2020 AGM & Members' Gathering - Innerleithen

Join us in Innerleithen for the John Muir Trust's 2020 AGM and Members' Gathering

Karen purvis   glenlude from kirkhope detail

This year's AGM & Members' Gathering will be held at the Innerleithen Memorial Hall near Peebles in the Scottish Borders - just down the road from the Trust land at Glenlude (pictured above).

Booking opens on Friday 17 January and will be dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. Booking closes on Monday 20 April. A waiting list will be maintained when maximum capacity is reached. The AGM is free and is open to all members, but please do book so we know to expect you.

Friday 5 June

19:00 – 21:30 | Social gathering

Join fellow members, Trust staff and trustees at a social gathering over light finger food and refreshments. You will be welcomed to the area by John Thomas of the Borders Forest Trust on the 20th anniversary of the Carrifran Wild Wood.

Karen Purvis will introduce you to our Glenlude property and our work to rewild this former conifer plantation and hill farm, including the work carried out by people of all ages working towards their John Muir Awards.

Finally, David Cameron, director at Community Land Scotland, will reflect on the importance of communities in creating conservation strategies for both people and nature.

Saturday 6 June

09:00 – 09:45 | Registration
09:45 – 10:35 | Welcome and staff reports
10:35 – 11:00 | Refreshment break
11:00 – 13:30 | AGM and open forum
13:30 – 14:15 | Lunch (pre-booked)
14:00 – 18:30 | Afternoon activities 
18:00 – 21:00 | Informal hot buffet dinner and ceilidh with local band Sporrandipity
20:00 – 21:00 | A final few words, plus prize draw results

Saturday afternoon excursions

The excursions below require advance booking. For those who prefer free rein, there are lots of walks around Innerleithen, cycling routes and cafes nearby.

1. Glenlude guided walk

The Glenlude team will lead two groups on a guided walk of the property, introducing this special wild landscape, the activity of the John Muir Award and outlining the plans for the property’s future. You can also get involved in some Award activities! Dress for walking over rough ground for several hours.

(14.00 until ~18.30 - maximum 24 people)

2. Grey Mare's Tail with the National Trust for Scotland (SOLD OUT)

The National Trust for Scotland’s reserve at Grey Mare’s Tail is nothing short of dramatic. With one of the highest waterfalls in the UK, its upland landscape is picturesque and features an eclectic mix of wildlife from ospreys and ring ouzels to feral goats! Dress appropriately for 2 hours of walking.

(14.00 until ~18.30 - maximum 20 people)

3. Eddleston River Restoration with Tweed Forum (SOLD OUT)

Discover the work of Tweed Forum and partners at the Eddleston Water project outside Peebles. Funded by the Scottish Government, the project features extensive re-meandering, natural flood management and the planting of some 330,000 trees to reduce the risk of flooding and improve habitats for wildlife. Dress for walking over rough ground for 2 hours. There will also be a chance to get involved in some activities.

(14.30 until ~18.00 - maximum 16 people)

4. Discover Innerleithen and the story of merino wool

The Borders is well known for its wool and textile industry. Join us on a walk around Innerleithen with local business FINDRA, merino wool clothing brand, who know the local area better than anyone.

(14.30 until ~18.00 - maximum 20 people)

5. Wild land and climate emergency discussion*

The final report of the Glover Landscapes Review published in September 2019 highlights the need for designated landscapes to “be at the forefront of our national response to climate change”. Join us to workshop the role of our designated landscapes and the UK's wild land in responding to the climate emergency.

(14.30 until ~16.30 - maximum 20 people)

*Motorised wheelchair access available. Email Ross Brannigan for details.

Travel and Accommodation

Attendees can reach Innerleithen by car or public transport. Trains run frequently to Edinburgh before changing to the Borders Railway where you change from a bus from Galashiels. The X62 bus runs every half hour from North Bridge, Edinburgh, directly to Innerleithen. From the south, there are trains to Carlisle and Newcastle, from which a bus can be taken.

There are a range of accommodation options in and around Innerleithen.

If you have any questions about the AGM & Members' Gathering, please get in touch with Ross Brannigan who will be happy to help.

Photo shows native tree planting at Glenlude.

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