Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2016 - Jess Smith - Tinkers Heart
Nominated for Category B: Caring and Protecting - Volunteer-led involvement in saving/restoring heritage sites and buildings, Argyll
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.cottish Traveller Jess Smith and her campaign to restore and conserve a unique part of Scottish Traveller heritage.