A Thousand Huts: the campaign for huts and hutting with Karen Grant 

Feb 26th 6.30pm The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU

Join us for our latest ‘library chat’, an informal roundtable conversation in the convivial surroundings of our library in the Pearce Institute.

There will be space and time for general discussion and input from all participants. Light refreshments provided.

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Do you dream of a hut in the woods? Changes are afoot that could bring that dream a few steps closer. Karen Grant, from Reforesting Scotland’s campaign for A Thousand Huts, will introduce the world of hutting, discuss the recent campaign developments, explore the current barriers to hutting and celebrate the many causes of hope for a new hutting movement in Scotland.

The aim of Reforesting Scotland’s Thousand Huts Campaign is to promote huts and hutting – the building and enjoyment of simple structures (usually wooden) for living, working and recreation in the countryside. The campaign wants to achieve this by securing a change of culture and attitude and reform of the law so that those who wish to build huts and pursue hutting can do so freely and within the law.

About Karen Grant

After gaining an Ecology degree Karen Grant ran the Forest Campaign for A SEED Europe (Action for Solidarity, Equality, the Environment and Development), where she also co-ran international youth workshops about trade justice and climate change. She then worked with the Green Group in the Scottish Parliament, before becoming Director of Scottish Education and Action for Development. Taking the organisation from a dormant state, she helped make it a vibrant hub of community action and popular education, and founded Switch On to Climate Change – one of the first projects of its kind in Scotland, supporting the growth of new community-based climate action.

She has participated in a range of key international conferences (and in their parallel alternative summits) including the COP 15 UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen (and the accompanying CIFOR Forest Day 3), and in running grassroots events parallel to various EU Summits and G8 Summits.

She represents the voluntary sector on the panel of the Climate Challenge Fund and sits on the Board of Directors of LifeMosaic and Bespoke Organic Events. She recently gained Distinction from Glasgow School of Art for her dissertation on Creativity and Social Justice (as part of her First Class BA(Hons) in Painting). She is a practicing artist and has exhibited in Glasgow and London.