Lanarkshire estate, rich in local and national history, receives Scottish Land Fund cash
£1,628, 610 for eight community ownership projects
A historic estate dating back to the 17th Century is set to be bought by the local community, thanks to a grant from the Scottish Land Fund.
The Douglas Support Estate at Viewpark in Lanarkshire occupies almost 160 acres of fields and woodland, bordered by the M8. It was previously home to Rosehall House and the foundations of which, as well as other sites of historical interest, can still be seen today. The estate, which has been fondly known as ‘Our Glen’ by locals, is a treasured green space and Viewpark Conservation Group have worked to secure the area for several years.
This is set to be the largest amount of urban land acquired to date under the Scottish Land Fund and the Community’s dream is one step closer to being realised, with the grant of £435,800 ending fears over the future of ‘The Glen’ and allowing for the estate to be preserved and upgraded as a natural resource for local people and wildlife.
Grace McNeill, Chairperson, Viewpark Conservation Group, said: "We are delighted with the great news that we have been successful in our recent application. This is another step towards preserving and protecting the Douglas Support (Viewpark Glen) estate. By bringing the estate into community ownership, we will be able to work towards improving the health and wellbeing of our community and develop its value as an educational and recreational resource.
“The Viewpark Conservation Group is very grateful to the Scottish Land Fund for the grant and for our community’s continued support and we look forward to the future, working together.”
The grant to Viewpark Conservation Group is part of a total of £1,628, 610 that has been awarded to eight groups across Scotland during the latest round of grants from the Scottish Land Fund.
Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham, said: “This substantial set of Scottish Land Fund grants will enable eight diverse projects across the country to buy up key assets for the benefit of local people and put the ownership and responsibility of key services and facilities right at the heart of the community.
“The Scottish Land Fund supports a wide range of community ownership projects. Behind each one lies a story, as well as a great deal of hard work and commitment from local residents to unlock the opportunity that this funding brings. I congratulate each of the successful applicants and wish them good luck on the next chapter of their journey.”
John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair, said: “The variety of projects, from shops and pubs, to rural woodland and open space within industrial communities, show how wide-ranging the benefits of the Scottish Land Fund can be. Groups across the country are using the money to make a long-lasting impact on their local areas.”
Sandra Holmes, Head of Community Assets at HIE, said: “The Scottish Land Fund is designed to support a diverse range of community and land initiatives reflecting the real issues at the heart of local communities. Today’s successful projects are all great examples of people taking control of local resources for the long-term benefit of their communities. We wish them all the very best in their new ventures.”
Other projects receiving Scottish Land Fund cash today are:
Applecross Community Company
Award - £11,900
This group will purchase part of the garden of Applecross Surgery from NHS Highland and develop three two-bedroom properties for affordable housing aimed to support older people in the community.
Blackhall Community Trust Steering Group
Award - £33,750
Blackhall Community Trust, Edinburgh aim to purchase a former sports pavilion, currently used as a nursery, from Edinburgh City Council in order to provide community facilities alongside the nursery. Planned improvements include a community meeting space, sports changing facilities and activities for older people.
Tobermory Harbour Association
Tobermory Harbour Association will purchase the the Solum of Ledaig Carpark and Boatpark within Tobermory as part of long tern environmental and economic plans for the community.
Mull and Iona Community Trust - Ardura
Award - £518,420
Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) will purchase the 200ha Ardura Forest site, selling off mature conifer timber and replanting with broadleaf trees both for commercial timber and as an amenity woodland with car parking, paths, woodland trails and a forest school.
Community Carrot Dunbar
Award - £119,200
This group will purchase a successful greengrocer’s, which has built a business on sourcing ethical foods, cleaning supplies and beauty products, in order to strengthen its connections with local producers and increase its involvement with community groups. The shop will also be used as a hub for activities.
Award - £270,000
Deveron Projects Ltd (DP) will purchase an empty retail building in the main square of Huntly, Aberdeenshire in order to provide more space for its community activities.
The Black Bull at Gartmore
Award - £217,500
Black Bull Gartmore Hub and Pub Ltd will acquire the Black Bull Hotel premises and run it as a community owned and managed hub, café, pub, restaurant and accommodation facility, protecting this last remaining informal social space in the village from closure.
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