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…

Notice of AGM – Wednesday 17th November – Moffat

SUP’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 17th November 2021 in Moffat Town Hall.  The formal business of the AGM will be followed by a presentation by Morag Paterson on ‘Communities and Forestry Plans’ and Nic Coombey on ‘PLACE (People, Land, Art, Culture, Environment) in the Biosphere project’.

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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!

Job Opportunity – South West Scotland Coastal Trail Development Officer

The Southern Uplands Partnership is seeking an experienced Project Development Officer to work collaboratively with the coastal communities and stakeholders of Dumfries and Galloway to develop a Coastal Trail.

You will be interested in access, the idea of developing a more sustainable future for the communities, have a degree (or relevant employment experience) and be interested in people, the environment and rural life of this area.

You will be a good communicator (both written and verbal) and have experience of access development, engaging and negotiating with landowners/stakeholders, putting together tendering bids, completing grant applications and seeing projects through to successful completion.

A valid driving licence and access to a vehicle is required.

Closing date for applications is 9.00 am on 15th November 2021, with interviews taking place on 23rd November 2021, online via the Zoom platform.

For more information about the role, including a Job Description, Job Specification and Application Form, Click Here


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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Connecting Threads Artist in the Meadow Workshop Programme

Connecting Threads is excited to present a collection of workshops and events arranged by our artist-in-residence Jules Bradbury.

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Ewe Hill Windfarm

For information on funding from Ewe Hill 16 Windfarm, click here

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