Scottish Environment Week is a biennial event in the Scottish Parliament. It is a celebration of Scotland’s environment and all those involved in protecting and enhancing it. It is an opportunity for Scottish Environment LINK to showcase the amazing work of our members and their volunteers, and the value of Scotland’s nature and environment to our lives. Scottish Environment Week will next take place in 2017. In the intervening years, we celebrate with the Scottish Environment Festival which brings together LINK members and others at an evening reception in Parliament.
The 2016 Scottish Environment Festival “People, Nature and Place” took place in February/ March. See our report from the festival and some highlights below:
Evening Reception – Wednesday 24 February 2016
Sponsored by Rob Gibson MSP and supported by Calor Scotland, the reception highlighted the breadth of LINK’s work on sustainability issues and celebrated LINK’s Species Champions initiative. More than 100 guests from NGOs, Government and business attended the event and there were speeches from Dr Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, and Joyce McMillan, LINK President.
Shaping Landscapes – Thursday 25 February 2016
Sponsored by Liam McArthur MSP and supported by Historic Environment Scotland, this seminar focused on the inter-connections between people and landscapes, the shaping of Scotland’s landscapes and what they tell us about our past. We heard great talks from:
National Trust for Scotland– Landscapes are the products of both natural and cultural processes. The Our Place in Time strategy for Scotland’s historic environment has been an opportunity to bring together natural and cultural heritage interests to consider how landscape change can be more effectively managed.
SCAPE Trust– a tour of archaeological projects around Scotland which are enlightening us about the links between people and place, from the Clyde Estuary to the fishing villages of the Highlands and the Northern Isles.
Inner Forth Landscape Initiative– a fascinating insight into the cultural heritage of the Forth including historic maritime trade routes and the influence of industry, such as coal mining, on the landscape of this area.
Active Health – Thursday 3 March 2016
Sponsored by Alison Johnstone MSP and supported by Paths for All, this event emphasised how being active in Scotland’s outdoors, whether in rural areas or urban greenspace, is positive for our physical and mental wellbeing. A range of organisations were there to showcase the work they do to encourage people to get outdoors: Active Cairngorms, National Trust for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, Paths for All, Ramblers Scotland, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Countryside Rangers’ Association, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Wildlife Trust and Sustrans.
We thank the supporters of the festival – Historic Environment Scotland, Calor Scotland and Paths for All – and we are grateful to all MSP sponsors and LINK member organisations for their contributions.
LINK acknowledges the generous grant support for core operations funded by grants from Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Government.
For more information, please contact our Advocacy Office on 0131 225 4345