A Road-trip to Scotland for W4W
One thing our team members here at W4W have in common, other than our passion for the environment, is a committed work ethic.
As our work here is strictly on a volunteer basis, we are all responsible for earning our own keep and managing our own time. As a result, the hours we work are strange – fitting activist work around jobs and families.
As with most volunteer led groups, we have all decided to sacrifice the leisure time we have at our disposal to pursue our collective goal. A hard-working community of writers we do, from time to time, need to take a break.
I can’t remember the last holiday I took.
Since my move away, from the hustle and bustle of Birmingham to glorious Anglesey, I’ve felt like I’ve been living in a permanent state of vacation. After pouring thousands of hours into a stressful banking job in the city, I stepped down from my position to take a role as a simple cashier in our local branch in Wales.
Spending 16 hours a week pleasantly engaged in small talk and simple banking processes, I now subsist of my monthly pay and small portions of the ample savings that I accumulated during my time in the city. Due to my relaxed work schedule and my idyllic surroundings, I very rarely feel the need to take a break.
However, Ellen was very insistent that she take the entire team out on a road trip. Emphasising the importance of team building, inherent in taking a journey together, she maintains that changing one’s scenery is paramount to opening up new neural pathways that could lead to our next big breakthrough.
Although I can’t say I was particularly struck by any new revelations, in terms of introducing Wales to the concept of SCR and Biofuels, it was refreshing to take a long drive to the Highlands to remind ourselves of why work so tirelessly to protect and maintain our natural environment.
A leisurely 4-hour drive took us through the North of England and to the Crieff lodges, where we would be staying for the weekend.
A once dismal town that was now thriving on the dual commercial benefits of Scotland’s Whisky and Beef Export trade, Crieff is reliving a second wind in tourism – the streets were visibly filled with tourists. Just a quick walk out of town brings you to the glorious Highlands – a truly stunning visual landscape that almost gives our home range of Snowdonia a run for it’s money…almost.
Whilst hiking between the hills and the nearest pub, I was struck by the simple beauty of such a day and how the work we were doing was attempting to save future days just like it.
It can be easy for us to take our local scenery for granted, but taking a trip to a further land lends perspective to our lives.
We returned to Wales, tired yet satisfied that the work we are doing is for a worthy cause.