- Bags of opportunity for good
- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- A year of opportunity ahead
- How I’m trying to waste less this Christmas
- Unmasking a looming litter emergency
- Getting to know... Brian Rae
- A Canal College® journey
- Volunteering during a pandemic
- Applauding the unsung heroes who manage our award winning parks and beaches
- Socially distant but learning together
- Waste vs the pandemic: finding a new normal for single-use cups
- Now is the time to change
- Could the Global Goals provide a framework for the green recovery?
- Getting to know....Connor Launder
- Our incredible Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood community
- Getting to know our people behind Climate Ready Classrooms
- Lockdown litter - a community view
- Looking after beaches
- Time for a more sustainable future, a greener and fairer one for all
- Getting to know.....Claire Gibson
- The Origins of George Wyllie's 'Original Earth Guarantee'
- Getting to know... Aoife Hutton
- National disgrace of lockdown litter
- The healing power of local places
- Tackling Covid-19 and climate change at a community level
- Amid the Coronavirus crisis the climate emergency has not gone away
- Bringing environmental education home
- #TurdTag – getting creative to tackle dog poo
- Preparing young people to take action on climate change
- Running on community power
- Reconnecting with nature
- Coronavirus isn't an excuse - flytipping is still a crime
- Sowing seeds of hope in our community
- Hope for the environment post-Coronavirus?
- From Eco-School Committee to environmental charity
- You can’t tackle the climate crisis unless you are climate ready
- Why everyone wins when you take part in Beautiful Scotland
- Entering our third decade with a splash
- Is 2020 the year for a circular economy in Scotland?
- A year in the life of: the campaigns and innovation team
- Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime
- Setting sail: all aboard the partnership
- Free wheeling
- Scotland is thirsty for change
- This #ScotClimateWeek, are you ready to pledge?
- Upstream Battle at Whinhill Primary School
- Elaine Hopley on our Upstream Battle week of action
- 20 September climate strikes: what took place and what happens now?
- Playing our part to reduce cup waste
- The funeral of a glacier: time to pull the emergency brake
- Get your Paws on Plastic
- Arran – exploring its hidden gems
- It’s time to take action to reverse climate change
- Monitoring litter to help keep Scotland beautiful
- Tackling Our Unsustainable Cup Consumption
- Cups hitting the ground: what we learned at TRNSMT Festival
- We All Have To Fight The UpStream Battle
- It's rubbish that people have to clean up after litter bugs
- The power of pocket gardens
- Registering your clean up makes a difference
- Tackling climate change starts at home
- Speaking the language of Carbon Literacy
- The life of a Keep Scotland Beautiful intern
- Wheatley Group: two years on and still going strong
- Roadside Litter: Think twice before you chuck
- Our citizen scientists are ready to make waves for Upstream Battle
- Taking a stand on climate change – what actions will you take?
- The Cup Movement will tackle our litter culture head on
- Working across borders to tackle climate change
- Celebrating 25 years of Eco-Schools in Scotland
- Climate change – it’s personal
- Putting young people first for our environment at Keep Scotland Beautiful
- Treading lightly – steps to lower our carbon footprint
- Aunty Babs washes her spoon and so should you
- Climate change: we can all do our bit
- Have yourself a green Christmas
- Shifting up a gear on Scotland’s roadside litter problem
- It’s time to consign our litter problem to the dustbin of history
- We can save our seas by starting at home
- Everyone can do their bit to protect the world – what’s your Goal?
This is the fifth of our 'getting to know' blog posts, where we talk to those who work for our charity and find out a little bit more about what they do and how they came to work with us.
In this blog we speak to Lisa Snedden our Heritage Officer.
I started my career as a primary teacher in rural Perthshire, inspired by the local surroundings I developed my skills in outdoor learning eventually becoming a Forest School practitioner. Keen to continue working outdoors with young people I left teaching to take up the position of Learning and Interpretation Officer with the Tay Landscape Partnership. This role combined my love of the outdoors and working with people to explore their heritage and the history of their local area.
I continued in a similar role with the Scottish Waterways Trust until I transferred to Keep Scotland Beautiful in April 2019 when it adopted a heritage strand to complement existing environmental activities.
I am a strong believer in lifelong learning and as such enrolled in a part time Masters in Environment, Heritage and Policy and the University of Stirling. It has been challenging but I have been able to put into practice what I am learning in the classroom!
In my role I have the pleasure of working with communities to help them explore their heritage so there is no such thing as a typical day. One day I can be using traditional mortars to preserve canal bridges, another day I can be delivering guided tours (and due to Covid-19, just last week, my first virtual online tour as part of Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival). With a background in teaching I really enjoy working with young people to cocreate projects such as the Ruchill Mural.
Since March I have been working on adapting programmes so that I can continue to deliver throughout the pandemic. This has involved getting to grips with new technology to offer online experiences such as our Summer Camp Heritage Heroes. A four-week programme that encouraged people to go out into their local area and learn more about the buildings, the people, and the landscapes.
I am looking forward to getting back out into communities when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, I have been doing as much advanced preparation as I can. This has included online meetings with potential new partners, creating resources which look at the link between climate change and the historic environment and developing digital solutions to help me deliver sessions safely.
Scotland has a rich heritage not only in its historic buildings but also in the stories of its people. I am passionate about helping people to connect with their own heritage, recognise its value and take action to protect it.