The Southern Uplands Partnership is delighted to announce the next stage in the organisation’s 22-year history with the appointment of Darren Flint and Katy Ewing as its Dumfries and Galloway based Project Officers.
Darren has many years’ experience working on both community and environment focussed projects as well as writing guidebooks to the area. This has included the Castle Loch community buyout in Lochmaben, tree champion schools for the River Annan Trust and helping communities deliver on the ground projects identified in their Community Plans.
Katy is a writer and artist who honed her skills in environmental communication while studying on the Environment, Culture and Communication Masters at the University of Glasgow 2014-17. During an internship with SUP and the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere in 2019, Katy worked with communities to facilitate their recognition of the special qualities of their landscape and heritage.
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. Since 1999, the Partnership has initiated over 60 significant socially and environmentally sustainable projects and secured and invested over £4m of project funding, including the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project, UNESCO Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, South West Scotland Environmental Information Centre (SWSEIC) and Ride Scottish Borders.
Darren said, “I am proud to now be part of such a successful Partnership and am looking forward to speaking to a whole host of individuals and community organisations across Dumfries and Galloway about their landscape wide project ideas.”
Katy said, “I feel so lucky to be involved with SUP’s ongoing work helping communities and businesses in South Scotland to prosper in sustainable ways and I look forward to helping build successful networks to achieve this.”
If you live, work or visit the south of Scotland and want to be part of its future success you can sign up as a member of the Southern Upland Partnership. It’s free and easy to do and every membership is so important as it helps the organisation show decision makers and funders the level of community support. To do so simply sign up for the SUP e-newsletter at www.sup.org.uk/membership