Annual Gathering 2018 – Braemar

Friday 5th October to Sunday 7th October 2018

The 2018 Gathering is shaping up nicely, mostly thanks to the efforts of director Nicky Penford. As usual we’ll have a mix of visits, talks, workshops, practical demonstrations, food, company and dancing. What will be slightly unusual this year is that due to venue restrictions we will be starting on Saturday morning with the visits, so we are asking folk to pre-book these to avoid confusion on the day. There is a great set to choose from: we have a trip to Marr Lodge Estate to see regeneration of the native pinewood, a large planted reforestation scheme at Invercauld Estate, the ‘Pearls in Peril’ riparian management project around the headwaters of the Dee and a visit to an ancient peat bog to read the area’s woodland history in the company of expert Dr Andy McMullen. There will also be a gentler walk in the neighbourhood of Braemar.

The outline programme is as follows;

  • Friday afternoon – optional visit to Birse Community Trust http://www.birsecommunitytrust.org.uk/
  • Friday evening – meal & introductory sessions
  • Saturday morning – site visits
  • Saturday afternoon – lunch follwed by a series of talks – speakers to be confirmed
  • Saturday evening – meal followed by ceilidh
  • Sunday morning – Reforesting Scotland AGM followed by workshops
  • Sunday afternoon – lunch and depart

You can now book your place at the Gathering by downloading, filling in and returning the booking form:
2018 gathering booking form

If you have any problems with the booking form, please email the Co-ordinator at

Braemar from Morrone by Mick Knapton (Wikimedia Commons)

Posted in Events, This year's Annual Gathering