The Organisation’s long term objectives relate to improvements that will need substantial grant funding and need to be addressed in partnership with other organisations. They are listed below:-
- To consider the possibility of establishing a path ranger survey service for that area of the Pentland Hills which lies outwith the boundaries of the Regional Park.
- To promote the extension of the Regional Park in order that it may cover the whole area of the Organisation’s interest.
- To assist with developments at Harperrig.
- To develop additional Pentland wildlife leaflets.
The Organisation expects the shorter term objectives to be completed by 31 December 2016. Major projects that are developed during the year are to be funded from grants whilst the Friends’ contribution is expected, in most cases, to be met in kind by time, managerial or labour or both.
- To continue to carry out a programme of path maintenance where possible including the continuing of the `adoption` of Hillend to Boghall, Boghall to Castlelaw and Phantoms Cleugh paths (latter NT210658 to NT212651 approx)
- To carry out a programme of countryside furniture inspections (for items installed by the Friends of the Pentlands i.e. stiles, boardwalks etc.) and maintain appropriate records
- To carry out a programme of path inspections. The newly created Pentland Way will be a priority.
- To continue to carry out a litter picking programme
- To maintain the Harlaw Wild Life Garden in conjunction with the Natural Heritage Service and a wildlife garden at the Hillend Steading
- To complete a new path between Selm Wood and Little Vantage with support from West Lothian Council
- To undertake the maintenance of the 5 mini-arboreta developed by the Friends of the Pentlands within the Pentland Hills including interpretation boards and a leaflet
- To develop appropriate new paths in conjunction with others
- To Hold a 2-day Access for All event
- To give talks to promote the Friends of the Pentlands
- To attend local fairs/events to promote the Friends of the Pentlands
- To develop and further promote our existing educational activities
- To continue to develop the mutually beneficial relationship with the Balerno Ramblers.
- To carry out a programme of educational walks and talks for members and their friends
- To develop the proposed Pentland Way publishing a book detailing the route and its history
- To develop a training programme for volunteers
- To maintain and develop a website
- To issue an annual review and two editions of the Pentland Post in the calendar year
- The trustees believe that in order to support the work of the Charity and to be able to continue their work in the Pentlands, the reserve funds should be between £ 7,500 and £15,000. That will enable funds to be used for small projects where no external funding is available as well as being able to top-up any grant funding for specific projects.
- Administrative costs to be met from membership fees, including gift aid
The above objectives are in addition to the planned activities described in the Programme of Events – please see that document for details.