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Langholm community – nature reserve and regeneration project

The Langholm Initiative bought 5,200 acres of the Langholm Moor and Tarras Valley from Buccleuch Estates on behalf of the community, to create a vast new nature reserve and community regeneration project. Following extensive fundraising efforts by the Langholm Initiative, which received international support and hundreds of public donations, they were able to raise the…

Blackwood Community Woodland

Blackwood Community Woodland

Blackwood Estate Community Association in Lanarkshire has secured funding to purchase 65 acres of Loch Wood in the Estate. The purchase was completed in April 2021. The group has quickly got to work carrying out essential Health and Safety works to host outdoor classes for local schoolchildren and community groups and restore the Victorian path…

The Knowe Garden Centre

The Knowe Garden Centre

Auchinleck Community Development Initiative (ACDI) was founded to improve the area and create jobs.They began by taking over derelict sites and turning them into small, volunteer-led community gardens, growing and selling plants. Over time this has grown into a commercial gardening operation generating permanent employment opportunities and has created the Knowe Garden Centre. This is…

Castlebank Park, Horticultural Training Centre and Community Hub

Castlebank Park, Horticultural Training Centre and Community Hub

Castlebank Park was in desperate need of renovation when Lanark Community Development Trust took over the management of the gardens rom the local council in late 2013. A large part of the park was no longer in public use and was severely overgrown and neglected. Volunteers and work squads from Community Payback cleared and renovated…

Bowhouse Market – From Empty Barn to Thriving Marketplace

Bowhouse Market – From Empty Barn to Thriving Marketplace

 Using existing land and buildings in creative new ways is a great form of recycling, which helps not only communities but the environment too. Balcaskie Estate in the East Neuk of Fife did just that when they repurposed an existing barn, turning it from an infrequently used shed into the Bowhouse Market, a thriving indoor…

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