Challenging Upland Futures


A forum held at Perth Concert Hall
on 5 and 6 October 2021

‘Challenging Upland Futures’ was a public forum with the aim, agreed by a range of diverse stakeholders, to integrate knowledge and understanding on the uplands of Scotland, and to agree priority actions to help ensure that our uplands deliver the widest possible range of benefits.

This was an in-person event only

Event programme

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Registration details

Registration details



Full registration fee: £60
Covers both days, lunch provided on the first day only

Concession fee: £30
For students (including PhD students) or those representing relevant youth groups
Covers both days, lunch provided on the first day only

Delegates are responsible for booking and paying for their own accommodation.



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It is hoped that the participants will represent the wide diversity of stakeholders living in, and concerned with, the uplands of Scotland.  

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The event will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College UHI, which has convened many previous events.  It comes at a time when finding constructive ways forward in Scotland’s uplands is more urgent than ever, in a range of overlapping contexts.  These include:

  • the global climate emergency and Scotland’s Land Use Strategy;
  • debates about grouse and deer management, especially in the light of recent developments in the management of grouse moors and deer; 
  • land reform, community engagement, and sustainability;
  • biodiversity, (re)wilding, and re/afforestation;
  • ideas for an uplands vision that emerged from a consultation process led by NatureScot;
  • the COVID-19 pandemic and its diverse impacts.
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Opportunities for knowledge exchange

Opportunities for knowledge exchange

  • We will have a poet in residence, Mandy Haggith, in attendance to help us produce a creative output from the forum. Mandy is an author, poet and also lecturer in literature and creative writing at Inverness College UHI
  • interested organisations will have the opportunity to present a poster and/or display at the venue.
  • The Royal Scottish Geographical Society published a special issue of ‘The Geographer’ linked to the event in Autumn 2020; available here  
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