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Community / Amenity trust consults as it shapes its plans

Shetland Amenity Trust (SAT) is holding a public drop-in session as it gauges feedback from groups, organisations and individuals on its future priorities.

The session is at the Shetland Museum and Archives on Tuesday 21 May between 4pm and 6pm.

The trust says: “Everyone is welcome to come along at any point during that time to meet with Trustees and Staff and discuss the priorities and help to shape the future of the Trust.

“It is looking to the future of Shetland’s natural and cultural heritage and the future work of the trust itself.”

The consultation follows publication of a document outlining the key priorities for the trust in the future.

Amenity trust chairwoman Ruth Mackenzie.

These were identified as: tackling biodiversity loss in Shetland; using innovative approaches to ensure our heritage is more resilient; encouraging community well-being through engagement with heritage; using heritage to support more economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable communities; and working with communities, organisations and partners to achieve these.

SAT chairwoman Ruth Mackenzie said: “The trust has been through a challenging period of change in recent years. As trustees we are in the position to lead it into a new era. Working with a range of staff and partners we have now identified what we believe to be the key priorities for us in caring for Shetland’s heritage and supporting Shetland’s communities – both now and in the future.

“Shetland faces the same challenges as any other community in the world. Climate change, biodiversity loss, demographic shifts and economic and social change do not respect national boundaries, ocean currents or personal ambitions.

“We are keen to hear from a range of people in Shetland to find out what they think of these draft priorities and how we might work together to achieve them.”

The trust has published a range of information on its website about the current status of Shetland’s natural and cultural heritage in Shetland and the current work of the Trust.

The trust was established in 1983 with the objective of caring for and enhancing Shetland’s natural and cultural heritage and to enable people to engage with and enjoy it.

The trust invites people to find out more and to have their say on the it’s website at www.shetlandamenity.org/strategic-plan. It is asking for feedback by Tuesday 28 May.