President Susan Oliphant presented a cheque to Alison Elliot of the Murton Wildlife Trust at Wednesday’s meeting of Forfar Inner Wheel Club.
This is the first of many donations being made by the club to a variety of charities from funds raised at its annual coffee morning.
A former pupil of Forfar Academy, Alison is a qualified history teacher and spent two years teaching in St Andrews before taking up her current position at Murton. She has been there six years and has broadened her own skill base to be able to present pupils in a range of practically based subjects suited to land based industries — including tractor driving and operating a chain saw!
The main aim of the trust is education and the idea was the brainchild of the late Caroline Hill.
The site previously had been quarried but the Hill family made sure that, when the company finished quarrying, the land was made into a nature reserve. The Trust was founded in 2001 and the reserve was opened in 2006.
Today there is a farm, nature walk and new tea room and all the work carried out is done by the young people who attend daily courses based at Murton.
Last year 96 young people aged between 14 and 18 attended Murton. Most come from Angus secondary schools but a few have come from Dundee or from Rossie School.
It offers practical hands on learning of basic skills and a chance to gain SQA recognised awards.
And it is an alternative curriculum for those for whom school has failed because of their own cognitive, behavioural or social difficulties - valuable indeed for local youngsters.
The vote of thanks was given by Agnes Mackay who later this month will travel to Plymouth to represent the club at the Inner Wheel Conference.