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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…

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…

From Derelict Land to Housing for the Homeless – Social Bite Village

From Derelict Land to Housing for the Homeless – Social Bite Village

Many homeless people are marginalised, living on the edges of society with significant social intervention needed to help them break out of the homelessness cycle. With a ‘housing first’ approach, the right support, and an opportunity to gain employment within a matter of months, many homeless people can once again become thriving, independent members of society….

Winchburgh – The Positive Benefits of Getting Involved with Community Engagement

Winchburgh – The Positive Benefits of Getting Involved with Community Engagement

Located 12 miles west of Edinburgh, the development at Winchburgh is one of the largest place-making projects currently underway in the UK. When complete, the development will deliver 3,800 new homes, improved transport links, employment opportunities, state-of-the-art schools and stunning new outdoor spaces to this historic village. The Winchburgh community has played a key role…

High Mill Development, Carluke – Restoring an Iconic Piece of Local Heritage

High Mill Development, Carluke – Restoring an Iconic Piece of Local Heritage

Having spent a great many years in a state of disrepair and disuse the High Mill development in Carluke has seen great progress of late, with a view to restoring this historical building and developing the land for community use. Following purchase of the Mill and land on behalf of the community the initiative has…

An Interview with Project Manager Concrete Garden – Moira Ann McCaig

Concrete Garden is an urban community food growing, play and wellbeing project providing growing space, activities, events and volunteering opportunities for the people of Possilpark and the wider North Glasgow area. How did the idea of using land for the community first come about? Our flagship garden at St Matthew’s Centre in Possilpark came about…

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