Engaging People and Communities
Geology has created the diversity of Scotland’s landscape. The landscape, building materials and energy sources have all helped shape the sense of place and cultural heritage of different areas of Scotland.
This rich geological story deserves to be more widely shared and understood. It has made significant contributions, through the work of James Hutton, Sir Charles Lyell and many others, to our understanding of how the planet works.
The Trust supports promotion of accessible and engaging geosites for visitors and local people, so that communities can learn and benefit from their local geology, and Scotland can attract and engage visitors who are interested in geology. We want to make the connections between geological sites and the contribution that geology makes to many aspects of life in modern Scotland, our understanding of how the Earth works, and future changes to Scotland’s environment and climate.
The Scottish Geology Trust will:
- Organise events that share ideas and expertise, and inspire new activity to develop new interpretation of geology and geological sites.
- Provide small grants to support interpretation and engagement activities.
- Organise an annual Scottish Geology Festival and host the scottishgeology.com website.
- Develop online content and offer talks (in person and online) to promote Scotland’s geology.
In 2020 and 2021, the Scottish Geology Festival engaged thousands of people in 150 online and in-person events. We intend to make the Festival an annual occurrence.
Engagement Theme Small Grants Fund
We are keen to support and work in partnership with organisations and individuals to meet our aims. The SGT Engagement Theme Small Grants Fund will support small interpretation and engagement projects. Priority will be given to grants up to £500 that will result in tangible results within an achievable time frame. We aim to make our application and reporting process straightforward, and respond to all applications within 3 weeks.
Scotland’s geology is world-class: shaped during three billion years of our planet’s history by the movements of the Earth’s tectonic plates, mountain building, volcanism, ice ages, sea-level change and the processes of erosion and deposition. Visit scottishgeology.com to find out more about Scotland’s geology and links to further resources.
The Scottish Geology YouTube channel is the place to find videos about all aspects of Scottish geology, including virtual field trips and lectures.
Scottish Geology Trust
The key objective of the Scottish Geology Trust is to inspire people everywhere to understand, love and care for Scotland’s incredible geological heritage and its role in creating a sustainable future.
An SCIO registered in Scotland:
Charity Number SC049775