As you may have heard the new Management Plan for St Kilda was signed on Wednesday in Benbecula and I was lucky enough to be at the event. The plan is a 5 year agreement between the NTS, MOD, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Historic Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage on how the islands should be managed and conserved, although it also sets out a vision for the next 20 to 30 years. Representatives from each organisation signed the plan.
The big moment! From left to right: Ian Jardine (Scottish Natural Heritage), Malcolm Burr (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar), Kate Mavor (NTS), Air Commodore Michael Quigley (MOD) and Barbara Cummings (Historic Scotland).
All signed up.
A celebration dram. Slàinte!
After the formal signing there were a series of short talks which were open to the public. Angela Gannon (RCAHMS) presented some of the results of the recent archaeological survey work undertaken in partnership with the Trust. Richard Luxmoore (NTS) discussed recent biological research which has been carried out by the Trust, Soay Sheep Project and others. Susan Bain (NTS) highlighted some of management and conservation work that has been going on during the last few years and Alexander Bennett had some thoughtful insights into what the next 5 years and beyond might hold. Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a great evening!
Susan discussing recent improvements to the pier.
You can download the new Management Plan from here.