Scottish Land & Estates “Helping it Happen” 2017 Awards Finalists have been announced

We were delighted to receive news yesterday that our flagship programme “Imbewu Scotland” has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Education category of the inaugural “Helping it Happen” Awards.  The Education award is being sponsored by Subaru UK.

The winner will be revealed at an Awards Dinner ceremony on Tuesday 30th May which is being held in the Kings Hall at the Principal Edinburgh Hotel.

Imbewu means seed in Zulu. Imbewu Scotland sows the seed of a passion for nature and rural life in underprivileged urban youth. Weeklong trails in the most remote and beautiful parts of Scotland grow participants’ love of the outdoors and interest in rural careers along with their employability and social skills.

Imbewu is a weeklong experiential learning course in rural Scotland for groups of up to 10 young people. The course features a three-day wilderness trail in Scotland’s wildest countryside. Led by professional wilderness guides, participants:

  • Learn camp craft by hiking, camping in tents, and cooking outdoors
  • Build problem-solving skills and grow their self-esteem by encountering and meeting challenges posed by the natural world
  • Practice conservation and Leave No Trace principles

As in all Wilderness Foundation outdoor programmes, Imbewu participants enhance their well-being simply by being outdoors in the wild world.

Participants are inspired to preserve natural spaces and explore new career pathways. The curriculum includes rural heritage, conservation practice, estate management, and sustainable land management. Experienced gamekeepers and estate managers help supervise hands-on experience with rural jobs such as wildlife conservation, estate management, fishing and forestry, and renewable energy.

In the course of the weeklong programme, participants earn the John Muir Award and Leave No Trace accreditation. These recognitions enhance not only participants’ self-esteem but also their employability.

Helping it Happen

Scottish Land & Estates ‘Helping it Happen’ is a campaign to highlight how landowners and rural businesses across Scotland play a key role in enabling and supporting success in rural areas.   Helping it Happen summarises exactly how estates businesses are involved in projects large and small across Scotland, and will hopefully encourage more activity of this kind.

The Wilderness Foundation UK is pleased to deliver Imbewu Scotland in partnership with a number of rural estates across Scotland, without whom the project would not be possible.


That Imbewu Scotland has been recognised for its importance for the youth of Scotland is a testament to the hard work of our team, partners, stakeholders and especially the young people who have taken the step to reconnect with their rural heritage over the past four years.

Our very first cohort for 2017 set off on their experiential learning week on 10th May, and we look forward to bringing you news of their journey.


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