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Organisational Profiles:

Not-for-Profit Landowners in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Andy Wightman prepared this updated set of NfP Profiles with the assistance of Graham Boyd. The first NfP Organisational Profiles were prepared by Andy Wightman in December 1996.

April 2001

Contents

bulletProfiles of 46 NfP Landowning Organisations
bulletAcknowledgements
bulletFurther Information and Assistance

Profiles of 46 NfP Landowning Organisations

Abriachan Forest Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Margaret Davidson

Company Secretary

Abriachan Forest Trust
Abriachan Nurseries
ABRIACHAN
Inverness-shire IV3 8LA

Telephone: 01463 861 424

E-mail: margaret.davidson.cllr@highland.gov.uk

Website: www.members.tripod.com/Abriachan

Profile: Abriachan Forest Trust is a community organisation, which has purchased a 1,322 acre Forest Enterprise wood in order to secure local amenity, promote community participation and create jobs.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm  

 

Assynt Crofters’ Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Mrs R. Summers

Administrator

Assynt Crofters’ Trust
North Assynt Estate
Stoer, Assynt
LAIRG
Sutherland IV27 4JE

Telephone: 01571 855 298

E-mail: ACT@clachtoll.btinternet.co.uk

Website: www.clachtoll.btinternet.co.uk

Profile: Assynt Crofters’ Trust was formed in 1992 in a bid to raise the funds to purchase the North Lochinver Estate whose Swedish owner had been declared bankrupt. Title to the land passed to the Trust on 1 February1993. The estate is administered by a Board of Directors democratically elected by the crofting tenants in each of the 13 townships on the estate. A part time administrator is employed by the Trust and its aims are "to improve the social, educational and cultural environment of the crofting community and of the natural environment of Assynt in Sutherland". The Trust has already succeeded in creating a number of projects and has been responsible for raising the profile of crofter and community ownership of land in the Crofting counties. A small grid connected hydroelectric station has been built by the Trust and commissioned in September 2000. This facility generates about 200kW of electricity and was awarded a 15-year contract under the Government’s Scottish Renewables Obligation.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

Bhaltos Community Trust Ltd
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Rhona MacLeod

Secretary

Bhaltos Community Trust Ltd.
Taigh an Uillt
Uigean
ISLE OF LEWIS HS2 9HX

Telephone: 01851 672 479

E-mail: rhona@uigean.demon.co.uk

Website: n/a

Profile: The Bhaltos Estate was bought in 1999 by the local community. The estate is under crofting tenure and all members of the community are eligible for membership of Bhaltos Community Trust Ltd.

 

Birse Community Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Robin Callander

Manager

Birse Community Trust
Haughend
Finzean
BANCHORY AB31 6PP

Telephone: 01330 850 264

E-mail: callander-r@sol.co.uk

Website: n/a

Profile: Birse Community Trust (BCT) is a local community initiative "to promote the common good of the inhabitants of Birse parish and deliver wider public benefits" Everyone on the Electoral Registers for Birse parish is a member of BCT and responsible for electing the Trustees who run BCT on behalf of the community. The Trust’s inaugural AGM was held in February 1999 and during its first 18 months, BCT has developed an expanding range of projects to address local issues and capitalise on local opportunities. BCT is involved in a range of land-related projects including shared rights over the 9000 acre Forest of Birse Commonty, ownership of a historic shoe-maker’s shop, a management agreement with Forest Enterprise over the 600 acre Balfour Wood Plantation, a long lease of the 30 acres of Finzean Community Woods, ownership of 3 historic 19-century water-powered wood mills.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

Borve and Annishader Township Ltd.
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Alaistar Nicolson

Company Secretary

Borve and Annishader Township Ltd.
5 Borve
PORTREE
Isle of Skye IV51 9PE

Telephone: 01470 532 425

E-mail: borve@sale.prestel.co.uk 

Website: www.borvetownship.community.skye.co.uk

Profile: The Borve and Annishadder Township owns the 4,502 acre Borve and Annishadder Estate on the Isle of Skye, which it bought in 1993. It was the second major community ownership success in 1993 but unlike North Assynt, where membership and full voting rights are restricted to crofting tenants, membership of Borve and Annishadder Township is open to all residents on the estate. To date the company has initiated a new woodland scheme and hopes to increase community participation and develop further land management projects.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

Church of Scotland General Trustees
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Pamela Burnside

Assistant Secretary (Glebes)

Church of Scotland General Trustees
c/o Secretary and Clerk
121 George Street
EDINBURGH EH2 4YR

Telephone: 0131 225 5722

E-mail: gentrustees@cofscotland.org.uk

Website: www.churchofscotland.org.uk

Profile: The Church of Scotland General Trustees are responsible for "the administration of property and funds to best advantage in the interests of the call of the Church of Scotland to bring the ordinances of religion to the people of Scotland through a territorial Ministry". The management of the 15,000acre estate includes some 763 letting units and is carried out by Glebe Committees operating in consultation with Parish Ministers and Presbyteries. The Trustees employ 9 full-time and 9 part-time paid staff.

 

Clan Donald Lands Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Peter Macdonald

Resident Director

Clan Donald Lands Trust
Armadale
ISLE OF SKYE
IV45 8RS

Telephone: 01471 844 305

E-mail: office@cland.demon.co.uk

Website: www.highlandconnection.org/clandonaldcentre.htm

Profile: The Clan Donald Lands Trust was set up in 1972 to purchase 20,000 acres of the former Macdonald of Sleat estate. The Trust manages the estate, which includes a large Visitor Centre, accommodation and a licensed restaurant. Its mission statement is "to make a visit to the Armadale Castle Gardens and Museum of the Isles a special experience offering quality and educational value. To aid the conservation usage and sustainable development of the Trust’s properties. To maximise profits thus enabling these aims". The Trust employs 15 full-time and 20 seasonal staff and is governed by a Board of 15 Trustees. A further 800 members support the work of the trust but do not have any role in the election of the Board of Trustees.

 

Common Grazing Committee for Ardmore Township
Contact:

Position:

Address:

n/a

Clerk & Members of Common Grazing Committee for Ardmore Township

6 Ardmore
Waternish
ISLE OF SKYE IV55 8GB

Telephone: n/a

E-mail: n/a

Website: n/a

Profile: n/a

 

Culag Community Woodland Trust Ltd.
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Claire Belshaw

Secretary & Director

Culag Community Woodland Trust Ltd.
Caladh, Stoer
Lochinver
LAIRG
Sutherland IV27 4JE

Telephone: 01571 855 240

E-mail: claire@caladh.freeuk.com

Website: n/a

Profile: Culag Community Woodland Trust is a community-based charitable company, which was set up to promote the concept of community woodlands in the local area. Its objectives are to manage Culag Wood, to develop forestry and woodland skills, to enhance the environment, and to provide recreation and woodland related employment. It leases the 89acre wood from Assynt Estates on a 50-year lease with the option to renew. It bough Little Assynt Estate on 30 November 2000. 700 hectares are under a Woodland Grant Scheme and are leased back to the sellers for 10 years.

Cases studies provide further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

www.forestry.gov.uk

 

Dalnavert Community Co-operative Ltd
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Iain Glen

 

Dalnavert Community Co-operative Ltd.
Dalnavert
Kincraig
KINGUSSIE
Inverness-shire PH21 1NQ

Telephone: 01540 651 253

E-mail: iain.glen@quista.net

Website: n/a

Profile: Dalnavert Community Co-operative is a company (operating as a co-operative) set up in 1982 by six people in Strathspey when 150 acres of land at Dalnavert near Feshiebridge came on the market. The Co-operative bought the land and the members of the co-operative each have a shareholding together with one vote. Members of the co-operative own their own homes on the site but the shareholding of the Co-operative cannot be transferred either to members or to outside interests and remains with the house. The economic activities of the Co-operative are based upon 35 Aberdeen Angus cattle and the production of 25-40,000 heathers in a nursery. One member of Co-operative is employed as a farm manager.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm  

 

Dunain Community Woodland
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Alastair Cunningham

Chairperson

Dunain Community Woodland
18 Upper Leachkin
INVERNESS IV3 8PN

Telephone: 01463 711 702

E-mail: croftdev@netscapeonline.co.uk

Website: n/a

Profile: A community body yet to be formally constituted which aspires to take control of a local woodland property, Dunain Woodland on the outskirts of Inverness.

 

Earthshare
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Stewart Noble

 

Earthshare
60 Woodside Drive
FORRES
Moray IV36 0UF

Telephone: n/a

E-mail: n/a

Website: n/a

Profile: EarthShare is a not-for-profit Community Supported Agricultural Scheme in which the subscribers share the risks and benefits involved in the growing their food using organic methods.

One way to see EarthShare is as a shared community allotment to which subscribers commit a full year’s support. Subscribers also have the option of doing part of the labour-intensive work, which includes weeding and fruit picking. In this way, healthy food is produced locally at cost price with no intermediary and negligible advertising and distribution costs.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

Fernaig Community Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Ellane Fraser

Secretary

Fernaig Community Trust
2 Strath Ascaig
Achmore
STROME FERRY
Ross and Cromarty IV53 8UU

Telephone: 01599 577 238

E-mail: ellanefraser@tinyonline.co.uk

Website: n/a

Profile: Fernaig Community Trust is an organisation aiming to gain access to land for economic, environmental and educational benefit. It co-manages a 4000acre forest through a Concordat with Forest Enterprise and owns 110 acres of the Fernaig Estate on which it plans to create 9 smallholdings and some allotments.

Cases studies provide further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

www.forestry.gov.uk

 

Forres Community Woodlands Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Fabio Villani

Chairperson

Forres Community Woodlands Trust
Clover
Alves
FORRES
Moray IV36 2RA

Telephone: 01343 850 007

E-mail: fabio@fabiovillani.co.uk

Website: n/a

Profile: Forres Community Woodlands Trust aims to conserve, regenerate and promote the restoration of native woodlands in and around Forres for the benefit of the public. It owns 40 acres of woodland and manages another 32 acres under a partnership agreement with Moray Council.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

Glendale Crofters Estate
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Donald Campbell

Manager

Glendale Estate
2 Hamara
Glendale
ISLE OF SKYE IV55 8WL

Telephone: 01470 511 260

E-mail: n/a

Website: n/a

Profile: Glendale Estate is a crofting estate in the north-west of Skye. The estate was purchased by the Congested Districts Board and sold to the crofting tenants in 1908 on a 50-year purchase arrangement. On completion of the payments the Secretary of State for Scotland in 1956 handed the Estate over to its 147-crofting shareholders. Each crofter has a share in the estate – their individual holding plus a share in the common grazings, the 8,100acre club farm and other property. The club farm is run as a co-operative and employs a farm manager on a self-employed basis, one full time farm worker and up to six seasonal workers. Every 3-years the shareholders elect five directors to act the Board of Management of the estate.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

Highland Renewal
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Trish Haworth

 

Highland Renewal
Bendoran Cottage
Bunessan
ISLE OF MULL
Argyll PA67 6DU

Telephone: 01681 700 587

E-mail: trish@bendoran.dabsol.co.uk

Website: www.highlandrenewal.org

 

Profile: Highland Renewal is a company limited by guarantee with an open membership of 63 people. It leases 1,544 acres of land on the Ross of Mull and aims to develop knowledge and practice in the holistic regeneration of Highland rural land. A pilot project, the Tigreragan Project has been launched, which has improved access to the land, established native woodland, re-introduced the lazy bed system and published a historical account of the area.

Cases studies provide further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

www.forestry.gov.uk

 

Hoy Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Dr Tony Trickett

 

Hoy Trust
Glebelands
Longhope
ORKNEY KW16 3PQ

Telephone: 01856 701 460

E-mail: n/a

Website: n/a

Profile: The Hoy Trust was set up in 1973 to take over the 22,200acre Hoy estate, which was put in trust by the then owner, Malcolm Stewart. The Trust owns the estate "for the preservation, improvement, administration and management of the estate". In 1983, the Trust sold 9,700 acres of the estate to the RSPB as a bird reserve. The Trust leases 6 agricultural units and several areas of hill grazings, a salmon hatchery site and 3 holiday cottages are let. The Trust is now actively developing tourism ventures and environmental work.

 

Isle Martin Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

R.G. Osborne

Chairman

Isle Martin Trust
Torran
Braes
ULLAPOOL
Ross and Cromarty IV26 2SZ

Telephone: 01854 612 062

E-mail: n/a

Website: n/a

Profile: The Isle Martin Trust is a community organisation, which took over the ownership of Isle Martin from the RSPB in 1999. Its aims are to regenerate the quality of the natural heritage of the island; to develop the educational, cultural, human and recreational potential of the island; to identify opportunities for economic activity and to encourage and ensure open access.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Maggie Fyffe

Secretary

Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust
Cuagach
ISLE OF EIGG
Inner Hebrides PH42 4RL

Telephone: 01687 482 486

E-mail: maggiefyffe@isleofeigg.org

Website: www.isleofeigg.org

Profile: The Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust was set up in 1996 with the aim of owning and managing the island for the benefit of the residents and to promote sustainable development. In 1998 the Trust, which comprises the Isle of Eigg Residents Association, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Highland Council, successfully completed the purchase of the island. The Trust owns the 7,400acre island including all sporting and mineral rights. Eight Trustees plus a co-opted Trustee whom acts as the Chairperson manages the Trust. The Highland Council appoints 2 Trustees, the Residents Association elects four Trustees, and 2 Trustees are appointed from the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

John Muir Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Nigel Hawkins

Director

John Muir Trust
41 Commercial Street
EDINBURGH EH6 6JD

Telephone: 0131 554 0114

E-mail: admin@jmt.org

Website: www.jmt.org

Profile: The John Muir Trust is a membership body formed in 1983 and named after the Scots born conservationist, John Muir, who campaigned in the USA for wilderness protection. The aims of the Trust are to bring Britain’s finest wild landscapes into stable long-term conservation ownership. It owns 50,445 acres of wild land in Knoydart, Skye, Sutherland, highland Perthshire and Ben Nevis and has over 7,600 members. It places an emphasis on managing land in partnership with local communities. The Trust employs 14 staff and has an annual turnover of 800,000.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

Keoldale Sheepstock Club
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Jack Watson

Chairman

Keoldale Sheepstock Club
Lerinbeg
Sangomore
Durness
LAIRG
Sutherland IV27 4PZ

Telephone: 01971 511 220

E-mail: n/a

Website: n/a

Profile: Keoldale Sheep Stock Club was registered in 1926 as a Friendly Society. It has 43 registered crofters who are tenants of the 27,260-acre Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department crofting estate and shareholders of a collectively operated Sheep Stock Club. The club periodically elects a number of office bearers who run the stock club. The whole estate is under crofting tenure and comprises a single township and common grazings. Five full-time workers are employed together with a farm manager and part-time administrator. The Club is actively exploring the possibility of a crofter buyout of the estate under the Transfer of Crofting Estates (Scotland) Act 1997.

 

Kingsburgh Common Grazings
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Neal Stephenson

Secretary

Kingsburgh Common Grazings
4 Kingsburgh
Snizort
ISLE OF SKYE IV51 9UT

Telephone: 01470 532 278

E-mail: n/a

Website: n/a

Profile: Common Grazings Committee, which aspires to own Kingsburgh Forestry Plantations.

 

Kinlochleven Land Development Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Howard Brindley

Manager

Kinlochleven Land Development Trust
St Mary’s House
Gordon Square
FORT WILLIAM
Inverness-shire PH33 6DY

Telephone: 01397 704 326

E-mail: n/a

Website: n/a

Profile: The Kinlochleven Land Development Trust (KLDT) was established as a charitable company in August 1996. The aim of the company is to facilitate the regeneration and diversification of employment in the village of Kinlochleven. The village was a classic single industry company village whose whole purpose since its origins in the late 19th Century has been the production of aluminium. The Trust has four founding subscribers who nominate 6 directors to run the company – Lochaber Ltd (2 directors), British Alcan (1 director), The Highland Council (2 directors) and Kinlochleven village (1 director). Between 500 to 1,000acres of land in and adjacent to the village are being transferred by Alcan to the Trust at a nominal sum. Alcan Highland Estates Ltd owns some 112,400acres in Lochaber District.

 

Knoydart Foundation
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Angela Williams

Development Manager

Knoydart Foundation
Knoydart
MALLAIG
Inverness-shire PH41 4PL

Telephone: 01687 462 242

E-mail: Info@Knoydart.fsnet.co.uk

Website: www.knoydart-foundation.com

Profile: The Knoydart Foundation’s origins lie in the confusion, which has surrounded the future of the Knoydart Estate. Members include local residents, adjoining landowners and the John Muir Trust. The Foundation purchased the Knoydart Estate in March 1999. It aims to manage the Knoydart Estate as an area of employment and settlement on the Knoydart Peninsula without detriment to its natural beauty and character and to seek and encourage the preservation of its landscape, wildlife, natural resources, culture and rural heritage.

A cases study provides further information:

www.forestry.gov.uk

 

Kylesku Crofters Trust Ltd
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Robert Hollingdale

 

Kylesku Crofters Trust Ltd.
373 Unapool
Kylesku
LAIRG
Sutherland IV27 4HW

Telephone: 01971 502 373

E-mail: rob_hollingdale@ednet.co.uk

Website: n/a

Profile: Kylesku Crofters Trust was formed by the Kylesku crofters in 2000 and bought the 800acre Kylesku estate in 2001.

 

Laggan Forest Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Dorothy Air

 

Laggan Forest Trust
Community Office
Laggan
NEWTONMORE
Inverness-shire PH20 1AH

Telephone: 01528 544 366

E-mail: lftfc.ltd@virgin.net

Website: n/a

Profile: The Laggan Forestry Initiative is a sub-committee of the Laggan Community Association, which is involved in a process of negotiating greater involvement in the management of the 3000 acre Strathmashie Forest. The Initiative has aspirations to purchase the forest but these have been put aside in favour of a partnership arrangement with Forest Enterprise. The aims of the Initiative are to improve employment opportunities for the local community, to enhance the environment, to act as a catalyst for other community projects and to help other communities similar to Laggan.

Cases studies provide further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

www.forestry.gov.uk

 

Laid Grazings Committee
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Hugh MacLellan

Grazings Clerk

Laid Grazings Committee
Rowan House
90 Laid
Altnaharra
LAIRG
Sutherland IV27 4UN

Telephone: 01971 511 347

E-mail: hugh.maclellan@tesco.net

Website: www.clag.bizland.com/newpage24.htm

Profile: A Grazings Committee, which aspires to purchase their common grazings.

 

Melness Crofters Estate
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Wilma Robertson

Secretary

Melness Crofters Estate
Ribigill Farm
Tongue
LAIRG
Sutherland IV27 4XJ

Telephone: 01847 611 214

E-mail: wilmarobertson@excite.co.uk

Website: n/a

Profile: The Melness Crofters Estate was set up in 1994 to take over the ownership of 10,773 acres of land in Sutherland. Its members are the registered crofters on the estate and its aims are to manage the estate for the benefit of the community.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

Minard Community Woodland Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Bill Middlemiss

Company Secretary

Minnard Community Woodland Trust
Beannaichte
Lower Achagoyle
MINARD
Argyll PA32 8YD

Telephone: 01546 886 244

E-mail: w.middlemiss@talk21.com

Website: n/a

Profile: A community organisation, which aims to regenerate and promote restoration of native woodlands in the West Loch Fyne area. It manages the 420acre Minard Castle Woodlands under a Minute of Agreement with Forest Enterprise.

Cases studies provide further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

www.forestry.gov.uk

 

National Trust for Scotland
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Alexander Bennett

Conservation Manager Highlands & Islands

National Trust for Scotland
Abertarff House
Church Street
INVERNESS IV1 1EU

Telephone: 01463 232 034

E-mail: abennett@nts.org.uk

Website: www.nts.org.uk

Profile: The National Trust for Scotland is the largest national voluntary conservation organisation in Scotland employing 400 full time staff and 700 seasonal staff, with 236,000 members, an annual turnover of over 25 million, and an estate of 175,897 acres including Glen Coe, Kintail and Mar Lodge estates. Its purpose is "to promote the permanent preservation of places of historic interest or natural beauty on behalf of the nation".

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

North Sutherland Community Forestry Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Anna MacConnell

Secretary

North Sutherland Community Forestry Trust
Naver Telecentre
Bettyhill
THURSO KW14 7SS

Telephone: 01641 521 385

E-mail: a.macconnell@hient.co.uk

Website: www.clag.bizland.com/newpage25.htm

Profile: A community company covering the parishes of Durness, Tongue and Farr, which has general community development aims including the promotion of community ownership and or use of woodland and forest areas.

 

Plantlife
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Dr Deborah Long

 

Plantlife Scotland,
Balallan House,
Allan Park,
Stirling, FK8 2QG

Telephone: 01786 478509

E-mail:

Website: www.plantlife.org.uk

Profile: Plantlife is a UK-wide voluntary conservation organisation, which acts directly to stop common wild plants becoming rare in the wild, to rescue wild plants on the brink of extinction, and to protect sites of exceptional botanical importance. The charity carries out practical conservation work, influences relevant policy and legislation, and collaborates widely to promote the cause of wild plant conservation.

For conservation of plants in the wild to be successful, Plantlife believes that it must become the responsibility, willingly accepted, of all sectors of society: businesses, institutions, landowners, farmers, individuals, and the wider community.

 

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Peter Mayhew

 

RSPB North Scotland Office
Etive House
Beechwood Park
INVERNESS IV2 3BW

Telephone: 01463 715 000

E-mail: Pete.Mayhew@rspb.org.uk

Website: www.rspb.org

Profile: The RSPB is the largest wildlife conservation organisation in Europe with over 1,011,416 members in the UK (68,560 in Scotland). It owns 96,337 acres of land in the Highlands and Islands. The RSPB acquires land as a last resort when it believes that other conservation mechanisms will not protect the land and its conservation interest. It employs 1,200 staff and has an annual turnover of 49 million in the UK.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

RSFS Forest Trust Company
Contact:

Position:

Address:

David Goss

Secretary

RSFS Forest Trust Company
Cashel Forest
Balmaha
DRYMEN G63 0AW

Telephone: 01360 870 450

E-mail: Cashel@btinternet.com

Website: www.cashel.org.uk

Profile: The RSFS Forest Trust Company was set up by members of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society. It owns 3019 acres of hill ground at Cashel on the east bank of Loch Lomond and has launched a project "The Forest for a Thousand Years" which will re-establish native woodlands on the site. The project is part of the Millennium Forest for Scotland Initiative. Membership of the Company is open to all members of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society.

 

Scottish Wildlife Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Duncan Bryden

Regional Director

Scottish Wildlife Trust
(Northern Region)
Unit 4a
3 Carsegate Road North
INVERNESS IV3 8DU

Telephone: 01463 714 746

E-mail: d.bryden@swt.org.uk

Website: www.swt.org.uk

Profile: The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a voluntary conservation organisation concerned with the conservation of all forms of wildlife in Scotland. It looks after 123 nature reserves and has 18,000 members. It owns 23,519 acres of land in the Highlands and Islands, leases a further 167 acres and manages by agreement a further 15,292 acres. It employs around 100 staff and has an annual turnover of 2.9 million.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

Stornoway Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Iain Maciver

Estate Factor

Stornoway Trust
Stornoway Trust Estate Office
Leverhulme House
STORNOWAY HS1 2DD

Telephone: 01851 702 002

E-mail: iainm@stornowaytrust.org.uk

Website: n/a

Profile: The Stornoway Trust owns the entire Parish of Stornoway and a small part of the Parish of Lochs and was constituted by Deed of Trust granted by Lord Leverhulme in November 1923. The estate covers an area of 69,400 acres and includes 39 crofting townships covering 1,300 crofts and includes the town of Stornoway. The Trust is managed by a Board of 10 Trustees who are elected every 6-years by the 13,000 residents of the Parish. At Trustee election times the Trust establishes polling stations across the estate. The election process costs the Trust around 6,000. The Trust’s main source of income is mineral royalties, investment dividends, rents and land leases, capital receipts and wayleaves. The Trust employs 22 staff and has an annual turnover of 320,000

 

Strathfillan Community Development Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Sue Wyllie

Development Manager

Strathfillan Community Development Trust
Invervey
TYNDRUM FK20 8RY

Telephone: 01838 400 545

E-mail: threewillows@btinternet.com

Website: n/a

Profile: A community development trust, which aims to regenerate Strathfillan through increased local control and influence over local land, resource use and housing in order to create opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

A case study provides further information:

www.forestry.gov.uk

 

Strathglass Woodlands Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Scott Russell

Chairman

Strathglass Woodland Trust
Deanie Lodge
Strathfarrar
Struy
BEAULY
Inverness-shire IV4 7JX

Telephone: 01463 761 225

E-mail: deanie@ecosse.net

Website: www.strathglass.com

Profile: Strathglass Woodlands Trust is a community body involved in the early stages of considering the purchase of a local woodland property.

 

The Eilean Ban Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Caroline Robson

 

The Eilean Ban Trust
The Pier
Kyleakin
ISLE OF SKYE IV41 8PL

Telephone: 01599 530 040

E-mail: enquires@eileanban.com

Website: www.eileanban.com

Profile: The Eilean Ban Trust has secured a long-term lease agreement with the Scottish Office to manage the 6-acre island within the local community. The island has a wealth of natural heritage of local and national importance and this will be safeguarded through the Trust and with the permanent presence of a newly appointed Warden. The aim of the Trust is to bring Eilean Ban back into community ownership with a view to re-emphasising its associated heritage, and to instigate a program of environmental and conservation measures. Any such measures will not only benefit the many species that inhabit the Island, but also establish the island as a community asset. This will have a historic resonance as well as a significant bearing on the economic well-being of the locality.

 

The Hebridean Trust
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Ian Rees

Executive Director

The Hebridean Trust
North Parade Chambers
75a Banbury Road
OXFORD
England OX2 6PE

Telephone: 01865 311 468

E-mail: info@hebrideantrust.org

Website: www.hebrideantrust.org

Profile: The Hebridean Trust was formed in 1982 and is dedicated to preserve the unique Hebridean way of life and secure the future of those communities. The Hebridean Trust’s mission is to preserve and conserve the historical and natural heritage of the Hebrides and to promote understanding amongst visitors about that heritage. The Trust has been involved in projects throughout the Hebrides, including historical building restoration, housing and museum provision, environmental and ecological work, and marine and archaeological surveys. It owns the Treshenish Islands off the west coast of Mull.

 

The Woodland Trust Scotland
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Angela Douglas

Director

The Woodland Trust Scotland

Glenruthven Mill
Abbey Road
AUCHTERARDER
Perthshire PH3 1DP

Telephone: 01764 662 554

E- mail: angeladouglas@woodland-trust.org.uk

Website: www.woodland-trust.org.uk

Profile: The Woodland Trust is the foremost conservation organisation solely dedicated to the conservation of the UK’s native woodland. It achieves its purposes by a combination of acquiring woodland and sites for woodland regeneration and through wider advocacy of the importance of protecting ancient woodland, enhancing its bio-diversity, expanding native woodland cover and increasing public enjoyment. Within Scotland the Trust currently owns and manages 77 sites covering 17,297 acres.

A cases study provides further information:

www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/case.htm

 

Treslaig & Achaphubuil Crofters (Woodland) Trust Ltd
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Michael Foxley

 

Treslaig & Achaphubuil Crofters
2 Achaphubuil,
FORT WILLIAM
Inverness-shire PH33 7AL

Telephone: 01397 772 775

E-mail: drmichael.foxley.cllr@highland.gov.uk

Website: n/a

Profile: Treslaig & Achaphubuil Crofters is a company set up by crofters from two crofting townships by Loch Eil. It owns 160acres of native woodland consisting mostly of birch and oak, which it is managing, in conjunction with crofting activities. Members of the company have been involved in further bids for forestland being sold by Forest Enterprise but have been unsuccessful. Management involves the exclusion of deer, increased public access and limited, managed grazing within the woods.

A cases study provides further information:

www.forestry.gov.uk 

 

Trustees for Common Grazings Committee for Lochbay Township
Contact:

Position:

Address:

The Clerk

 

Trustees for Common Grazings Committee for Lochbay Township Lochbay
Waternish
ISLE OF SKYE IV55 8GD

Telephone: n/a

E-mail: n/a

Website: n/a

Profile: n/a

 

Trustees for Common Grazings Committee for Townships of Upper and Lower Halistra and Hallin Park
Contact:

Position:

Address:

The Clerk

 

Halistra, Upper Halistra & Hallin Grazings Committee
Halistra
Hallin
ISLE OF SKYE IV55 8GL

Telephone: n/a

E-mail: n/a

Website: n/a

Profile: n/a

 

Trustees of Geary Common Grazings
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Norman MacKinnon

Secretary

Geary Common Grazings Committee
14 Geary
Waternish
ISLE OF SKYE IV55 8GQ

Telephone: 01470 592 241

E-mail: n/a

Website: n/a

Profile: The 970acre Geary Common Grazing was purchased in 1980 by the Grazings Committee. They were purchased by the Grazings Committee from the Dutch land speculator Hellinga for 45 (5 pence an acre). There are 34 crofting lets held by 21 crofting tenants who comprise the 21 shareholders who act as the trustees of the property. The average croft size is 6 acres. The secretary of the Grazings Committee is paid a part time salary for administrating the property. Common grazings are established under Common Grazings legislation and are registered and regulated by the Crofters Commission.

 

Urras Clann Mhicneacail
Contact:

Position:

Address:

Jan Nicolson

Trustee

Urras Clann Mhicneacail
Almondbank
Viewfield Road
Portree
ISLE OF SKYE IV51 9EU

Telephone:01478 612 696

E-mail: jansvans@aol.com

Website: n/a

Profile: A cultural trust open to members of the Clan Mhicneacail or Nicolson. It owns 130acres of historic clan land at Ben Chracaig, Scorra Bhreac, Portree.

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank all the individuals who took the time to assist in gathering details about the not-for-profit sector.

Thanks go to:

Claire Belshaw, Alexander Bennett, Duncan Bryden, Pamela Burnside, Robin Callander, Eoghan Carmichael, Alan W Cowe, Alastair Cunningham, Margaret Davidson, Angela Douglas, Michael Foxley, Ellanne Fraser, Maggie Fyffe, Nigel Hawkins, Trish Haworth, Robert Hollingdale, Andrew Little, Euan AM MacAlpine, Anna MacConnell, Peter Macdonald, Iain Maciver, Norman MacKinnon, Hugh MacLellan, Rhona Macleod, Peter Mayhew, Bill Middlemiss, Alaistar Nicolson, Jan Nicolson, R.G. Osborne, Ian Rees, Wilma Robertson, Scott Russell, Michael Scott, Neal Stephenson, John Toal, Fabio Villani, Angela Williams, Sue Wylie.

This report was commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise Community Land Unit in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage as part of the preparations for the Not-for-Profit Landowners Project Group Seminar in Plockton on 27-28 April 2001.

Further Information and Assistance

The Caledonia Centre for Social Development Land Programme regularly publishes on its websites information, articles and briefings on social land ownership. In addition it actively promotes and encourages the sharing of information with other like-minded organisations such the Community Land Action Network, Community Woodland Association, Land Reform Scotland, The Scottish Land Reform Convention and others.

To assist in co-operatively building and strengthening the social land movement in Scotland you can forward information on new, existing and aspiring land owning organisations to the e-mail addresses below. It would be helpful if you could provide any information in a roughly similar format to that provided in this document.

The Caledonia Land Programme will periodically update the NfP Profiles as an aid to increasing information sharing and networking in the social land movement.

Many thanks.

Graham Boyd: boyd@africaonline.co.tz

Andy Wightman: andywightman@caledonia.org.uk