LCDC awarded Scottish Land Fund assistance for woodland access

A project helping older people to continue living in their own communities is amongst those benefiting from the latest round of awards from the Scottish Land Fund.

Across the country, five community land initiatives are today (28 SEPTEMBER) sharing in funding worth £596,900 that will allow local people to pursue their community ownership ambitions.

Plans to build a new Housing and Care Hub for older people in Lairg, Sutherland, have received a welcome cash boost of £210,000Lairg and District Community Initiatives will use the funding to purchase the site of the former Sutherland Arms Hotel, as well as the adjoining Old Coach House building in the centre of Lairg, on which the proposed new development will be built.

The new hub plans to address the existing lack of suitable accommodation for older people in the area who otherwise would need to move out of the community to access suitable housing and care. As a multi-purpose community hub, the new development would provide extra care homes, a central space for shared meals and social events, a small fitness suite, treatment rooms available for everyone, and space to provide community services.

Steven Maclean, Chairman of Lairg and District Community Initiatives, said: “This is seriously good news for the people of Lairg, life-changing for some. The land acquisition is fundamental to the delivery of our Care and Well Being Centre and we can now look forward to progressing our plans to bring together the various partners necessary to ensure the optimum care of our elderly, allowing them to remain within the local community amongst friends and family.”

Announcing the funding, John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair, said: “I am delighted that older people in some of the most fragile communities will benefit from today’s Scottish Land Fund investment. They are amongst hundreds of people across the country who will now have greater control over their own future, thanks to this funding and the promise of community ownership.”

Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham, said: “The Scottish Land Fund awards are not only good news for the groups involved from across Scotland – they also represent significant progress towards our goal of expanding community ownership and control of key local assets. The five awards announced today brings the number of community groups across Scotland who have successfully applied to the current Scottish Land Fund for help with the cost of purchasing land and/or buildings to 75 and I look forward to further such awards in the future.”

Ailsa Raeburn, Head of Community Assets for HIE, said: “The Scottish Land Fund seeks to create resilient and supportive communities where people take responsibility for their own actions and deliver real community involvement. The proposed facilities in Lairg will address a real need within the community to provide excellent care services for the elderly and I look forward to seeing these plans come to fruition.”

Other projects receiving Scottish Land Fund cash today are:

Donside Village Community SCIO
Award: £55,100
This group will purchase 4.5 acres of land in Tillydrone, Aberdeen, by the River Don, which is currently used by the local community for a range of leisure activities. Once in community ownership, they will improve and develop the area while also encouraging volunteering and training opportunities.

Lochcarron Community Development Company (LCDC)
Award: £60,000
This group will purchase a plot of land beside the community owned Kirkton Wood in Locharron to create an access road into the woodland. Ownership of the land will also create the opportunity for a new social housing development which will help address the acute lack of affordable housing in the area.

Easthall Residents Association
Award – £65,800
This group will purchase two neglected and derelict areas of land in Easterhouse to create two areas that will provide leisure facilities for outdoor activities including; tennis courts, seven a side football pitch, running track, bike track, adventure play area and outdoor gym.

A Heart for Duns
Award – £206,000
This group will purchase the Volunteer Hall in Duns town centre on behalf of the community. This will empower local people to be involved in its future development and management.

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 or by phoning 0300 123 7110.


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Market day 29th sept

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LCDC – New board members

Lochcarron Community Development Company is a community run charity. As one of the HIE supported community anchor organisations, together with its Development Officer; LCDC’s  role is to identify, prioritise, develop and deliver sustainable legacy through creative employment opportunities, culture, heritage and educational activities. Overall, to support  social, economic, and cultural activities to strengthen the community  – increase income levels, assist population retention, and enhance community resilience. It is administered by a duly elected board of volunteer directors.

LCDC is currently managing and developing Kirkton woodland, the smithy Community Hub, a Tree house venue for hire, a volunteer run visitor information point, monthly local market days, the ‘iGallery’- a local craft & gift retail space, educational projects with Lochcarron Primary school, housing options, developing a heritage all access footpath network and developing The strathcarron Artisan Dairy project.

With such a wide range of ongoing activities and projects we need to expand the board of directors. We are looking for people with time, commitment, energy and enthusiasm to join our Board and take things to the next level. We are particularly seeking people with good business acumen, experience in catering, general charity administration, building maintenance, good team skills and people with experience managing large projects.

If you would like to get involved at this exciting time please get in touch at


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Job vacancy. A ‘woodland volunteers’ work party supervisor.

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Drone photos over Kirkton Wood

These images have been taken by Peter MacKenzie & show the Kirkton area of Lochcarron, the ‘Haven on Earth’ path network, Kirkton woodland and the woodfuel yard in Kirkton wood.

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Market day dates 2018

Market day dates 2018

Last Friday of the month

Lochcarron Village Hall
 homemade lunches12noon~2pm

 27th April
25th May
29th June
27th July
31th August
28th Sept
26th Oct

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Outdoor Activities for Children July 2017

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