07 August 2013

Signing up for rural education

(left to right) GWCT’s education assistant Alex Towns, head of PR and Education (Scotland) Katrina Candy and Scottish Chairman Andrew Salvesen with  Chairman of the RHASS Allan Murray and RHET Perth & Kinross Countryside Initiative project co-ordinator Anna Dickinson at the signing of the Memorandum of UnderstandingThe Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) have signed up to jointly promote rural education initiatives in Scotland.

Guests were invited to the recent Scottish Game Fair to witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding  by Andrew Salvesen, Scottish Chairman, GWCT and Allan Murray, Chairman of the Royal Highland Agricultural Society Scotland. The two organisations have worked together on educational projects for more than 10 years and, at this juncture, felt it was time to solidify their working relationship.

Katrina Candy, Head of PR & Education (Scotland) with GWCT said:

“It seemed appropriate now that we strengthen this relationship with a formal Memorandum of Understanding. Both organisations are firm believers in the benefits of educating children about our countryside and our joint initiatives have proved to be hugely popular by educational professionals and the children we work with.

“Projects like the ‘Beyond the Farm Gate’ school visits to estates and educational workshops at both the Royal Highland Show and at the Scottish Game Fair are vital tools in reaching out to the next generation in an interesting and enjoyable way.

“I hope that we can both work together for many more years and develop this excellent working relationship to the benefit of our children and ultimately our wonderful natural heritage.”

Alison Motion, Education Manager of RHET said:

“RHET and GWCT have enjoyed years of a healthy working relationship and this will help extend the reach of our joint partnership working to more schools and pupils in Scotland.  Rural education to encourage a wider understanding of Scottish food production and land use is very important to both groups and we look forward to our future.”

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Caption: (left to right) GWCT’s education assistant Alex Towns, head of PR and Education (Scotland) Katrina Candy and Scottish Chairman Andrew Salvesen with  Chairman of the RHASS Allan Murray and RHET Perth & Kinross Countryside Initiative project co-ordinator Anna Dickinson at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.


Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is an independent wildlife conservation charity which carries out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

For information, contact:

Playfair Walker
Telephone: 0131 445 5570
Email: richard@playfairwalker.com

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