Who: Carsphairn is a small, rural community set in the stunning Galloway Hills and the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, close to the Galloway Dark Sky Park. The village has a website at www.carsphairn.org which gives more information about us, and shows the various community facilities we have.
What / Where: Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) wish to sell the 324ha Muirdrochwood Forest as part of their repositioning programme. Carsphairn Community Woodland Ltd. (CCWL) is a new group which is pursuing acquisition of the forest with the aim to create opportunities to help regenerate the area through new jobs, outdoor facilities and an enhanced environment. We believe this will make us a more resilient community, able to take control of our own destiny.
The coniferous forest with a number of historical features, located at postcode DG7 3UE, enjoys river frontage onto the Water of Ken and loch frontage onto Kendoon Loch.
Planned activities include: a Community Hub, for workshops and community events; a wood product business; an Outdoor Education Centre for schools across the UK; and extensive pathways allowing views of the stunning surrounding hills. All set in a redesigned forest landscape with native woodland and open spaces amongst areas of productive forest.
Why: This project, supported by the local community, provides an opportunity for us to help regenerate an area impacted by an ageing and decreasing population. Largely due to land management changes and reduction in job opportunities, the community is keen to see a reverse of this trend and encourage younger families and entrepreneurs to guarantee a great place for people of all ages to live and prosper.
Funding: Having worked with the Scottish Land Fund (SLF) since the inception of the project, we are hoping they will be able to fund the bulk of the purchase costs while securing extra funding from other groups, some of whom have already given support in principle.
Time-scale: The Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) Request was submitted to Forest Enterprise on 7th November 2018. The Evaluation Panel are meeting on 6th December but a decision may take up to 6 months. Our application comprised of a comprehensive feasibility study, including a 25 year business plan. If that application is successful we will work with SLF and others to fund an acquisition expected around October 2019.
Carsphairn Community Woodland Limited is committed to acquiring, developing and managing local woodlands in a sustainable and environmentally sound way for the long-term benefit of the local community.
CCWL is a Company Limited by Guarantee and registered at Companies House. The Board of management is made up of local people who are members of the company and who apply to become Directors, giving up their time for free.
The Directors are not paid and are not responsible for any debts incurred by the company.
For more information or to contact CCWL, please email the Secretary: email@example.com
Chairman - Steve Cowley
Company Secretary - Sandy Moffat
Secretary - Wendy Fenton
Treasurer - Andrew Metcalf
Board Members - Derek Harris, Darren Challis, Tony Challis, David McMillan, Jane Metcalf, Alison Bradley, Patricia Brander.