Stuart Dean, Chair
My wife and I have lived in the delightful village of Muckhart for the past 18 years and prior to that we were in Bridge of Allan for 15 years. The Ochils have been our local hills for all of that time and I have to come to love their wide open spaces and the hidden secrets that they hold. In my time as Chair I have come to know so many people committed to protecting the Ochils from unacceptable developments such as windfarms, quarries and power lines. It is to be hoped that the efforts of the Friends can make a difference so that further damage is not inflicted on this wonderful range of hills.
My wife (Tana) and I and our two dogs live at Glenquey Farmhouse in Glenquey and have done so since retiring (early!) in July 2008. Glenquey is an incredibly beautiful spot surrounded by hills – Innerdownie, Auchlinsky, Whitewisp, Common Edge and not far from Tarmangie and Ben Cleuch! Much of the area is owned by Woodland Trust Scotland, who have carried out extensive tree planting in the last 10 years, helping to ensure the area remains as beautiful as it is now. We joined FoTO a couple of years ago and have been impressed at the level of passion and commitment the organisation has for these wonderful hills and the energy the committee puts into ensuring they remain that way. Offering to join the committee was an obvious thing to do!
I’ve been lucky enough to live next to the Ochils for the past 25 years, and as a keen hill runner and walker am often out for a long saunter over the highest tops or a run up Dumyat. The Ochils are a treasure trove of interest whether for landscape, farming, history, geology, or outdoor activities, and urgently need protection from intrusive developments such as giant pylons and wind farms. I have been a member of FotO for a number of years, joining the Committee as Secretary in 2008. I now look after the membership admin, and contribute to the website admin too.
Nicki Baker, spokesperson on Beauly-Denny power line
I’ve always loved hills. Living as I do in the Ochils Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) has been a privilege and a joy. So when we heard, back in 2004, that the big power companies wanted to put a huge overhead power line right through the AGLV, I decided to fight the proposals – and I’ve been trying to stand up for the Ochils ever since, through the Friends. In my time, I’ve been Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Membership Secretary – but nowadays, I’m contributing to the website admin.