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The Southern Uplands Partnership

The Southern Uplands Partnership is a rural development charity, started by local people keen to keep the communities and countryside of the south of Scotland alive and healthy. The Partnership represents all sorts of people, as well as government bodies, agencies and councils. Anyone who is committed to the future of the South of Scotland is invited to join. News on projects, publications and job vacancies can be accessed below…

The Southern Uplands

The Southern Uplands are the lands that run from the Berwickshire coast in the East right across to the Ayrshire coast in the West. To the South are Cumbria and Northumberland and to the North the central belt of Scotland. It is a working landscape, peppered with ancient hillforts, glorious abbeys, border battlefields, castles, rievers’ hideaways, market towns and thriving businesses. Thanks to Scotlands’ enlightened approach to access, you can explore the Southern Uplands mountainous heart, its forests, open country, towns and villages and enjoy the wealth of history, heritage and wildlife.  There are numerous way-marked trails that invite the walker, cyclist of rider to venture out. And there is plenty of room! This part of Scotland is often forgotten as the tourist heads for the Highlands, but our uplands are spectacular and there is much to see and do without travelling anywhere near as far!

Exploring Opportunities for Woodland Creation at a Landscape Level

The Scottish Government, through Scottish Forestry, is currently working in partnership with four local authorities in the South of Scotland (Dumfries & Galloway, East Ayrshire, Scottish Borders, and South Lanarkshire) in developing a new, more integrated approach to how we help land managers consider opportunities for new woodlands, particularly those of a larger scale, in the context of future land use.

Work at present is focused on a limited number of pilot areas, using these to help develop solutions which might be helpful in future within wider rural Scotland.

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Project Coordinator – Job Opportunity

The Talla Hartfell Wild Land Area (WLA) sits in the hills above Moffat in the central Southern Uplands and is recognised by Scottish Natural Heritage as an area with minimal signs of human impact. It is one of only two such areas South of the Highlands. A large part of the WLA is owned by Borders Forest Trust (BFT) and much of it is being restored by BFT to a wilder state.

We are now looking for a dynamic individual with experience of partnership working, community facilitation and land management who can continue to bring the businesses, communities and organisations together, to develop a new approach to local development and to start to develop a longer-term project plan.

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