Jess Smith, Tinker's Heart

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Nominated for Category B: Caring and Protecting - Volunteer-led involvement in saving/restoring heritage sites and buildings.


Before Jess’s involvement the quartz stones in the shape of a love heart that make up Tinker’s Heart were being trodden on by highland cattle and disappearing into the mud.  Jess managed a campaign which gained recognition in the Scottish Parliament and worldwide media which has led to the site being recorded as a site of national significance.  Tinkers Heart, though modest in form, is a site of strong culture and heritage for the traveller community where, for centuries, they gathered for weddings.