Dick Balharry Prize

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The National Trust for Scotland Dick Balharry Prize

Dick Balharry was a land manager, naturalist and advocate both for conserving the environment of Scotland’s mountains and for persuading people to regard them as their own, both figuratively and politically. A turning point came when he visited the National Parks of the Midwest in the US and Canada in 1969: the experience fuelled a desire to drive change and promote the benefits and joys of Scotland’s natural heritage to a wider audience.

Dick’s working life saw him range from gamekeeper, stalker, ecologist and land manager eventually retiring from SNH as an area manager. In pursuit of his aim of connecting more people with nature, he chaired the John Muir Trust (2003-10) and was a council member of the National Trust for Scotland, serving as its interim chair in 2009-10. He was a trustee of the West Highland Coastal Trust, closely involved in outdoor environmental education for youngsters, president of the Ramblers Association Scotland and chair of the local access forum for the Cairngorms National Park.

Why have a prize?

Dick achieved a great deal in his life and undoubtedly benefited from his experience of travel and learning in his formative career. This prize enables students to benefit from that same opportunity. Dick has left a remarkable legacy already, in his family, the people he has mentored and influenced, the places he has nurtured, the forests he encouraged to grow and the organisations he has guided. The impact on the recipients of the prize and the outcomes which flow from it will add to and continue his legacy.

What is the prize?

It is an international travel bursary (A maximum contribution of £3,000. All direct costs are eligible.) to enable a student, or group of students, attending the Integrated Land Use Conference to continue their learning by exposure to new ideas, people and places.

How to apply?

Applications are currently closed.


2018 Prize winner Douglas Carchrie

Douglas talks about the prize and the difference it made for him.