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 and now the hard work begins!
We have just completed a crowdfunding campaign and have raised over £4,400 for initial works on the land! Thank you to everyone who contributed!
We are delighted to welcome our first two members of staff to the project! Pippa Downing joins us as part-time Land Manager and Rachel Sedman as part-time Funding Officer. Both positions have an initial one year’s worth of support from the Scottish Land Fund and Pippa and Rachel will be key to implementing our plans for the land. Funding and planning applications will be submitted shortly for multi-use paths through the land so that people can walk, bike or ride through it. There is much planting work to be done with the development of an orchard and community gardens/allotments and improvements of hedges.