Arran Community Land Initiative is an ambitious project to transform 80 acres of disused farmland in Whiting Bay on the Isle of Arran, with a view to growing local fresh food using wildlife-friendly farming methods and creating a wide range of recreational and educational resources and opportunities, including mountain bike trails and walking paths and running land-based skills courses.
With funding from the Scottish Land Fund to buy the land and kick-start the project the purchase went through in December 2014 which has been followed by two years of further hard work by committed trustees and members.
In 2015 we completed a crowdfunding campaign and raised over £4,400 for initial works on the land so thank you to everyone who contributed!
*PLEASE LOOK AT OUR EVENTS PAGE TO FIND OUT ABOUT WAYS TO GET INVOLVED*
In 2015 we were delighted to welcome our first two members of staff to the project. Pippa Downing joined us as part-time Land Manager and Rachel Sedman as part-time Funding Officer. Both positions had an initial one year’s worth of support from the Scottish Land Fund and Pippa and Rachel were key to implementing our plans for the land. Pippa stayed on with us for 2016 with further funding from the Climate Challenge Fund to continue her role as key contact and Project Officer. She is now managing 4 part-time session workers who deliver a variety of workshops and volunteer days (see our events page). We currently have (1.1.17) 6 pony grazing lets which brings a small amount of income to the project. Further grant funding for 2016-7 has come from the Robertson Trust, D’Oyly Carte Trust, Postcode Local Trust and Community Food and Health Trust.
Please look at our events page for opportunities to join the monthly volunteer and family days which take place on the first and second Saturdays of the month. We also have various study courses available detailed on the events page.
Arran Community Land Initiative is a community charity and relies on the support of locals and volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a member and receiving monthly newsletters please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org. The AGM is usually held in October each year to which all newcomers are invited. Other Members’ meetings are held throughout the year and everyone is very welcome. We are keen to improve our fundraising efforts and any ideas and efforts to keep this project going are very gratefully received.