New life for old monastry site as poets' neuk benefits from Scotttish Land Fund
An area of derelict land in the centre of St Andrews is set to be transformed into a poetry garden as part of the latest round of grants totalling £770,255 from the Scottish Land Fund.
Poets’ Neuk receives £61,750 to buy a small, neglected garden on the site of what was Greyfriars Chapel and create a poetry garden that reflects the site’s connections with Mary, Queen of Scots, who gifted the land to St Andrews. The garden will feature plaques and poems and be fully accessible for people with disabilities and sensory impairment.
David Middleton of Poets’ Neuk said, “With such an ambitious project it is important to secure adequate funds in order to achieve an outcome that will produce a world class immersive experience for visitors, while also providing a quiet, green space in the busy town centre.”
Funding has been raised locally, which will provide much of the resource needed for the development of the site to a plan provided by world-renowned architect, Dr Robert Steedman, a local resident. He said: “The grant provided by the Scottish Land Fund will give the project a powerful initial boost by providing the means to purchase the site. The success of our application to the Scottish Land Fund has been warmly welcomed by the project team, who are keen to make an early start on the project.”
The garden is amongst seven projects to benefit from the latest round of cash made available from the Scottish Land Fund for the purchase of land and building assets.
Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham said of today’s grants: “I would like to extend my congratulations to the successful projects. Today’s funding award will allow them to act on ambitious plans to give potentially under-utilised buildings and land a better use, to the current and future benefit of their local communities.”
John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair, said: “Through repurposing vacant buildings, acquiring land in order to build new facilities and enhancing the local environment, groups from the Highlands to the Scottish Borders are using the Scottish Land Fund to realise impressive plans for land and other community assets. Projects like these make a big impact and not just on their local communities, they also provide inspiration to other groups who are still in the early stages of drawing up plans.”
Sandra Holmes, Head of Community Assets at HIE, said: “These seven groups are working really hard to make their community ambitions a reality and it’s great that they have secured SLF funding to help achieve this. The awards will bring important land, buildings and services into community ownership and give them the resources and control they need to deliver exciting projects for the benefit of people living and visiting their areas. We wish them all the very best in their new ventures.”
Other projects receiving Scottish Land Fund cash today are:
Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) Award - £257,266
This group will purchase land adjacent to the community-owned pontoon at Ulva Ferry on the Isle of Mull and develop a Shore Facilities building to provide a social meeting space for the community and facilities for visitors. It will have bunk rooms, office rental space, showers, toilets, laundry, car park and camper van hook-ups.
Tobermory Harbour Association (THA)
Award - £99,307
This group will purchase the old sawmill, boathouse, pier and slipway in Aros Park on Mull, together with the surrounding land, as a springboard towards the regeneration of the area for tourists and the local community.
Peebles Community Trust
Award - £48,765
This group will purchase 17 acres of Eshiels Wood in Peebles and bring it into community ownership in order to enhance the landscape and biodiversity, improve public access and safeguard a cycle route, which runs alongside the River Tweed through an environmentally sensitive area.
Isle of Kerrera Development Trust Award - £119,167
This group will convert the former Kerrera School into a community hub for locals and visitors.
Glentrool & Bargrennan Community Trust
Award - £40,000
This group will transform Glentrool Primary School in Dumfries and Galloway into a multi-use community facility with a self-catering unit for disabled visitors.
Award - £144,000
This group will purchase the former Wallace Primary School in the village of Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway, and redevelop it as studios, offices, hot-desking facilities, workshops, a performance space, a community kitchen and a creative studio for Wallace Hall Academy students, who have an award-winning design and robotics team.
The Scottish Land Fund is keen to support more applications from across Scotland and particularly within urban areas. Groups considering applying should contact the Big Lottery Fund to discuss their idea at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 0300 123 7110.
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