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Midsummer – the joys and the challenges

Well, we have had the longest day and are in for a scorcher of a week – welcome news for wildlife and consequential insect life where water is abundant and the showers over the past week or two have certainly helped. It is still uncertain for some shooting estates, stalking estates and fishing interests however […]

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May VE Celebrations 2020

May day took on a new meaning this year and Victory in Europe day we hope will mean the start of a new normal, setting out how we move from lock down into meeting our loved ones and getting back to work for some and planning ahead for many. VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, […]

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Personal Message to everyone in the Gamekeeping Community

To all gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies, past present and future and their families These are uncertain times for everyone but we are fortunate at least to live where we do, with our shoots and estates where we can continue our work with little effects in restrictions around the home at least. We are encouraged to see […]

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Success stories

“Much of the work of the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust goes unnoticed by most of the NGO membership, so I would like to express my thanks to the charity in providing my daughter Georgina a trike at the early part of the year.

Georgina has hemi-plegia cerebral palsy which makes mobility an issue for her much of the time and riding a conventional bike impossible at the moment, however with the stability of this specialist trike she can whiz around like any other six year old – this is not only fun but is essential physiotherapy exercise for her leg and core muscles”.

Richard Bailey

 

 Educational Assistance

“Just a quick thank you for the help with funding (2011-2012) when on my NC in Gamekeeping course based at the North Highland College. I truly believe that without your support I would not have been able to complete it. As an English resident before I moved here, I was not eligible for the bursary offered to other Scottish members of the course, who were entitled to funding for their course fees and accommodation whilst in college (away from their placements).

I managed to gain ‘Student of the Year’ in which I was very surprised and pleased.

The Gamekeeping industry is a very tight knit community and I feel there is a great need for us to stick together and support each other; what GWT offer is fantastic. It is great to know that GWT is only a phone call away whenever I need a reassuring chat.

I would just like to directly thank Helen Benson and all the trustees that work alongside her, supporting gamekeepers like myself. I am sure I speak for many different people within our industry!

John Weir

(Webmaster postscript – John has subsequently been shortlisted for a Lantra Award)

John Weir receives Student of the Year

John Weir receives Student of the Year

 

News

Gamekeeping for Life Festival 2020

The Gamekeeping for Life Festival is now live!! However technical problems mean our festival will be held now through this news page and social media. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Join us in our “YEAR OF THE GAMEKEEPER 20/21” celebrating the role of the gamekeeper as true custodian of the countryside and have another […]

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Raising the Game Survey published

The Raising the Game Survey follows on from the initiative in 2008 and which we have been working on since then with the Stag Training courses, packs and other work around supporting gamekeepers and their families. That gamekeepers work long hours, put off retirement and have little outside recreational activity will not be a surprise […]

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