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Making spaces for nature and people in Crail

The Crail Community Partnership (CCP) brings together community groups across the local area and Fife to deliver its Local Place Plan and tackle the challenges and opportunities for the community. The CCP has recently taken on the South Kilminning wildlife site through asset transfer from Fife Council. Located on the coastal path between Crail and…

Langholm Initiative – 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 – creating an interest in nature

Blackwood Community Woodland – creating an interest in nature

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 – enjoying the fresh Ayr-shire

The Knowe Garden Centre – enjoying the fresh Ayr-shire

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…

Castlebank Park, Horticultural Training Centre, and Community Hub – flowers, food and fun for the community

Castlebank Park, Horticultural Training Centre, and Community Hub – flowers, food and fun for the community

Castlebank Park was in desperate need of renovation when Lanark Community Development Trust took over the management of the gardens from 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…

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 Site to Community Hub – Lambhill Stables

From Derelict Site to Community Hub – Lambhill Stables

Built circa 1815, the Lambhill Stables are a truly unique architectural feature north of the City of Glasgow. The vision is to create a safe, inspiring community hub for residents to use that improves the north of the city.  Lying derelict for many years, the building was taken into community ownership in 2007 and rebuilt…

The First Group in Scotland to Receive the Scottish Land Fund Urban Aid Award in 2015 – Barmulloch, Glasgow

The First Group in Scotland to Receive the Scottish Land Fund Urban Aid Award in 2015 – Barmulloch, Glasgow

The Barmulloch Community Development Company (BCDC) is a community development trust and registered charity working in Glasgow, serving Balornock, Barmulloch, Millerston, Robroyston, and Springburn. It enables the delivery of a diverse range of projects, activities and services to support communities. Its aim is to work with partners in regeneration efforts to create vibrant communities and…

Bellfield Portobello, Edinburgh – A Community Right to Buy Story

  Bellfield is a hallmark of success for community initiatives – the first organisation in an urban area to benefit from Community Right to Buy powers. When the Church of Scotland decided to sell Portobello Old Parish Church, the community came together to save this important building and keep it in the community. It is…

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