David Reid


David Reid first became interested in environmental and developmental issues and their interconnectedness while teaching abroad (in Sweden, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania) in the 60s and early 70s.

Twenty years later, after working in secondary schools (in Edinburgh, Stromness, Alness and Raddery on the Black Isle), he became a full-time student again on a new, trans-disciplinary M.Sc. course in Human Ecology at Edinburgh University.  Since then he has written Sustainable Development: An Introductory Guide (Earthscan, 1995), tutored for the OU, and documented community-based and community-led initiatives in the Highlands and Islands.

He has also been active in his local community as a member of the community council and the local groups that successfully applied for funding for the new Fairburn Memorial Hall and the Marybank playpark replacement project. He was also a community director of the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust and chaired board meetings for 10 years.  For almost 40 years he has lived on a croft where with the help of his family he has grown food, kept bees and planted old Scottish varieties of apples not currently available commercially.

He joined TBI in 2014 in search of a sympathetic hearing for a proposal for a local micro-enterprise based on the collective processing of apples grown by householders with gardens and other small producers - and was not disappointed.

He likes to cycle as much as possible and to minimise his use of cars and planes.

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