A walk to enjoy nature and remember Ian Findlay

As two years have passed since our late Chief Officer, Ian Findlay CBE, passed away, we’re thinking of his legacy and remembering Ian with a walk in nature this week.

Ian Findlay CBE

Ian Findlay was Paths for All’s Chief Officer for over 17 years. He was a lifelong outdoor enthusiast and a passionate supporter of the third sector in Scotland.

Paths for All staff that worked with Ian remember him with affection and respect. His personal values of responsibility, respect and care for each other and for our environment were evident to everyone who knew him, inspiring many in sharing his passion and vision of seeing communities value and connect with the natural world.

Those of us who knew Ian will be remembering him fondly as we step outdoors into nature this week. If you knew him too, please join us in a walk to appreciate nature as Ian always did.

Paths for All continue to honour Ian’s legacy as our work continues apace to promote walking for a happier, healthier and greener Scotland.

We are delighted to have launched two key projects in his name. Our Ian Findlay Path Fund was launched in Summer 2022. This £1.5 million fund supports happier, healthier greener communities to flourish through grants to support community path development for active travel.

And, in 2022, we awarded our second Ian Findlay Outstanding Achievement Award to a deserving volunteer at the Scottish Parliament. As the Volunteer Awards were one of Ian’s favourite events in the Paths for All calendar, and as a committed volunteer himself, it has been apt to credit a special volunteer with this award each year.

During 5-11 March we encourage everyone who remembers Ian, to take a short walk alone or with a friend, colleague or loved one to think of him and enjoy connecting with nature.

If you’d like to post a photo of your walk to share a fond memory, please use #WalkForIan on social media.