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Newcastleton, Scottish Borders – Holm Hill Community Buyout

Newcastleton, Scottish Borders – Holm Hill Community Buyout

The negotiated sale of 750 acres of land known as Holm Hill from Buccleuch’s Borders Estate to the Newcastleton and District Community Trust (NDCT) marks an exciting future for this community in the south of Scotland. Greg Cuthbert, Chair of Newcastleton & District Community Council said: “We were probably reaching a crisis point in the…

Inverness Creative Academy

Inverness Creative Academy

  Inverness Creative Academy, which opened its doors in February 2022, brought a disused school building back to life as the Highlands’ first creative hub. The project, which took four years, revived the redundant former Inverness Royal Academy buildings on Midmills Road in the heart of the city, sensitively restoring the Grade B listed Victorian…

My Land, My Story – Winner Announced

Congratulations Kemnay Academy!  Young filmmakers from @KemnayAcademy, the winners of our ‘My Land, My Story’ youth film competition, will be premiering their short film project on Thursday 1 December at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh at 4:45pm. Come along to watch! Schools from across Scotland were invited to tell a the story…

Inverclyde Shed – Shore Street Gardens

Inverclyde Shed – Shore Street Gardens

The Inverclyde Shed was established in 2019, and in 2020 a few members expressed an interest in starting a community garden with the aim of offering different activities, growing their own food and being outdoors more. Shed members met with local councillors and the local authority representative, who helped them identify a space just off…

My Land, My Story – Lambhill Stables

My Land, My Story – Lambhill Stables

Located in North Glasgow, Lambhill Stables were built around 1815 as a staging post, when horses pulled boats and barges along the Forth & Clyde Canal. The site lay derelict for many years, and in 2007 the building was taken into community ownership and rebuilt in 2011. The Lambhill stables are now home to social…

My Land, My Story – Queen’s Dock Yard

My Land, My Story – Queen’s Dock Yard

As part of our My Land, My Story series were are taking a look at some of Scotland’s transformations, uncovering the history of land and what it has become. To start, we are headed to Glasgow, and potentially the location of Eurovision 2023! In 1877 the Queen’s Dock yard opened on what is now the…

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival was founded in 2004 after estate owner Joe Gibbs fought to buy back 1,150 acres of land that his family used to own to use as a vehicle for positive environmental and community change. Belladrum Festival welcomes around 21,000 people on average every year and has become one of Scotland’s leading…

Vale of Leven Trust: Former Police Box Active Travel Hub

Vale of Leven Trust: Former Police Box Active Travel Hub

An ‘Active Travel Hub’ has been set up by the Vale of Leven Trust in West Dunbartonshire to help locals travel more actively. The long-term home for the Hub will be the ‘Former Police Box’ which the Trust acquired following an asset transfer in October 2020. Currently a feasibility and building options appraisal is underway…

Tap o’ Noth Farm – living off the land

Tap o’ Noth Farm – living off the land

  Tap o’ Noth Farm is a small, diverse market farm situated at the foot of Tap o’ Noth hill, near the village of Rhynie in rural Aberdeenshire. Run by Rosa and James, the eight-acre farm produces ecologically grown fruit, vegetables and herbs and is also home to chickens, ducks, goats, and a small herd…

Twa Burns Wood – increasing biodiversity and natural habitats

A new woodland area has been planted in East Linton near Dunbar thanks to a collaboration between a local business, a climate action group and landowners.   The project was originated by Caledonia Horticulture, which, under its One Planet Pledge, plants a tree for every bag of firewood they sell. Caledonian Horticulture approached CAEL (Climate…

The Place, Alness – A field of dreams with endless possibilities

The Place, Alness – A field of dreams with endless possibilities

It started with a ‘For Sale’ sign spotted in a deserted field in an industrial estate, just before the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020. The Place, a youth project in Ross-shire, had previously been based in a hall nearby and was looking for a more permanent home for the services and activities it provides for…

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