STAFF and board members of the Langholm Initiative have said their official goodbye to the man who drove the community buyout of Langholm Moor.
Kevin Cumming was employed two and a half years ago to run Wild Eskdale, the eco-tourism tours of Langholm Moor.
He later found himself at the front of efforts to buy the moor from Buccleuch and it was as a result of his close working relationship with one of the donors, the John Muir Trust, that they created a new post so they could employ him.
He is now responsible for four of the trust’s properties: Ben Nevis; East Schiehallion; Glenlude near Peebles; and Glenridding in the Lake District.
He will also lead two community projects: Langholm; and Yearn Stane in Clydeside.
Kevin will stay on part-time until the sale is concluded and join the Initiative’s board.
He was presented with a picture of a pair of hen harriers, painted by John Hills.
He said: “I’ve loved working here and with the community. With what we’ve done over the past 18 months, my hope is it benefits the town and the environment and is the start of a very bright future.”
Margaret Pool added: “It is really a very sad day in a way. We’ve really enjoyed his company and we wish him well in his new job.
“Thank you for everything you’ve done for us and our community.”