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Rhu & Shandon Community Council

Scotlands Ancient Woodland

Added on 01 April 2021

Some of you may not be aware but Rhu is very fortunate to have a snipple of Scottish Ancient Woodland on our doorstep. You can learn more about this from a webinar hosted by Helensburgh Community Council.,at 7pm tonight April 1st

How do we protect, fund and restore Scotland's remaining and fragmented 1% of ancient woodlands?

The speakers are Fiona Baker, a member of Rhu and Shandon Community Council and Audrey Baird, a local resident with a background in environmental matters

 If you would like to join this webinar. you should email Tarig Durrani from Helesburgh Community Council on and you will be sent a link to join this meeting.

The speakers are well qualified to speak on this subject

Audrey worked in the media as a journalist, press officer and broadcast campaigns project manager for 20 years, including 10 years with the BBC in Bristol, London and Glasgow.  A keen sailor with a life-long love of Scotland's West Coast and its wildlife and landscapes, she moved to Argyll in 2009 with her partner and 28ft yacht.  Audrey worked at BBC Bristol, the home of the BBC's Natural History Unit, bringing her into contact with Sir David Attenborough, Chris Packham and other natural history presenters and the TV production teams.  She went on to be project manager of series like Restoration (Griff Rhys Jones) and A History of Scotland (Neil Oliver). Audrey also previously worked for a few years in community development with Argyll & Bute Council and now works part-time for mental and emotional health charity ACUMEN and for Argyll & Bute Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) coordinating the local Living Well Network.
Fiona  grew up in Helensburgh and attended Hermitage Primary and Academy before taking a degree in archaeology at Durham University.   She has worked as a professional archaeologist in Scotland and the Middle East for over thirty years and runs an archaeological consulting and contracting business from her home in Rhu. She is a Community Councillor in Rhu, Chair of the Friends of Hermitage Park, a Trustee / Director of Helensburgh Community Hall, recently purchased for the community, and is a Director of new venture Destination Helensburgh, which aims to promote and be a ‘one stop shop’ for all things Helensburgh and Lomond.  

Audrey and Fiona are co-signatories on the petition to the Scottish Government seeking full legal protection for Scotland’s Ancient, native and semi native woodlands and woodland floors.