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Press Releases

The Heather Trust occasionally publishes press releases for the media and other interested parties. Below you will find our official statements and any relevant links or assets for each release. These can be reproduced without restriction. Please credit the Heather Trust for images unless otherwise stated.

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The Heather Trust appoints Katrina Candy as their new Director

THE HEATHER TRUST – the UK’s foremost charity dedicated to the promotion of sustainable, resilient moorlands – is delighted to announce the appointment of Katrina Candy as their new Director.

Katrina joins the Trust following eight years with Bidwells property consultants as Head of Communications (Scotland), prior to which she was Head of PR & Education with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust for 13 years.

Katrina will bring a wealth of experience in journalism, public relations, strategic communications, business development and education combined with a great love and understanding of the uplands. Based in Perthshire, she will support the Trust both in Scotland and on all moorland matters that extend across the UK.

Her appointment comes at a pivotal moment for the Trust as it embarks upon a number of new initiatives that aim to raise awareness of the importance of our UK moorlands at a time of climatic, political and managerial change.

“I’m looking forward to working with the very focussed team at The Heather Trust to enhance appreciation, deliver impactful events and meaningful research into our iconic moorland landscapes,” said Katrina who is a Chartered PR Practitioner.

“We cannot underestimate the importance of these habitats for economic, social and of course environmental reasons which are now being viewed through a sharpened natural capital lens.

“A collaborative approach with sustainable objectives is key to ensuring resilient moorlands for the benefit of all. One of the main areas of focus in 2024 will be the delivery of the UK Wildfire Conference in Aberdeen in November. This flagship event, will attract delegates, sponsors, industry experts, scientists and thought leaders from all over the world and will be an excellent opportunity to share and learn as we face the global climate emergency.”


Katrina’s interest in the environment and education extends beyond work, having published a number of children’s books about conservation and land management.

Notes - Katrina is originally from Perth and grew up in Montrose. Prior to her new appointment, she worked with Bidwells' property consultants, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, the John Lewis Partnership and DC Thomson.


For more information, contact: Katrina Candy –; 07776 857222


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Anne Gray steps down as Director after five years with the Heather Trust 

Director, Anne Gray, has decided to move on from the Heather Trust.

Anne has worked for the Heather Trust since 2018, providing subject matter expertise to further the interests of moorland and heading up the Trust’s work with Scotland’s Moorland Forum, as well as attending numerous committees and interest groups on the Trust’s behalf.

Anne leaves the Trust to take up a post with the Environment Bank, where she will be working on biodiversity net gain. 

Viv Gill, Chair of the Heather Trust, commented; 

“We are delighted for Anne as she prepares to start her new role, but nevertheless keenly aware that her experience and skilful navigation of sometimes contentious moorland issues will be much missed. Anne has been particularly helpful in ensuring that my transition into the role of Chair has been smooth, and I think I speak for us all when I say I have very much enjoyed working with her. I wish her all the best.” 

The Heather Trust is now in the process of recruiting a new Director. The position is being advertised at In the interim, the wealth of expertise on the Trust’s Board, its skilled staff and its close relationships with other subject matter experts mean that the Trust will be able to continue its mission with momentum - working towards sustainable, resilient moorland for the benefit of everyone. 

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