Looking downstream on the River Cree
Looking upstream on the River Bladnoch
Felling of commercial forestry in Galloway Forest Park
Looking upstream on the River Luce
North American Signal Crayfish
The sandy beach at Loch Grannoch
Belted Galloway Cattle, or 'Belties'
Fly fishing on the River Cree
A small upland burn
The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet
A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn
A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee
On Tuesday 25th February, the board of GFT met in Gatehouse of Fleet for the first of their bi-annual meetings in 2014. All 12 trustees were in attendance, 2 representing each core river catchment. In addition GFT co-optee on further members to ensure the board is representative, well managed and has the necessary skills to fulfil their function effectively. Three new co-optees were welcomed to the board; Jamie Ingall, Mark Davies and Professor Andy Ferguson. All three will strengthen the GFT and bring new experiences and expertise.
The trustees and co-optees covered a range of agenda items including finance, constitution and office bearers. Dougal Evans is standing down as GFT chairman after 6 years at the helm and Mary Nicholson will be taking over from April. All at GFT would like to thank Dougal for all his hard work and support over the last few years.
After the Trustees Meeting, we were joined by representatives of the various groups we work closely with, such as local District Salmon Fishery Boards, councillors, SEPA, SNH, Police Scotland, Gatehouse Initiative and Cree Valley Community Woodlands. Three of the GFT staff (Jamie Ribbens, Rowan Armstrong and Neil Dalrymple) gave presentations to the wider audience covering the work of the GFT over the last year. Questions and lively discussions followed each talk! GFT consider these annual meetings with stake holders and other key organisations as an important way to disseminate information about our work and to encourage further partnership working.