This page will provide information about and links to other Transition and Community groups, mainly those closest to the Black Isle, but also some further afield.
Transition Town Forres
This is an article contributed by TTF's Treasurer and Company Secretary Carin Schwartz. Transition Town Forres .
You can of course find out more about the activities of Transition Town Forres by visiting their website at www.ttforres.org
Soirbheas is a community development organisation for Glen Urquhart and Strathglass, receiving income from a part share in the locally-owned Corrimony wind farm to re-invest in the community through a variety of projects, in conjunction with other community groups. One of these is a year-long 'Tattie Project' - one of several offshoots from our own potato days - and another is a High Speed Broadband project in conjunction with Community Broadband Scotland, with the aim of extending fast broadband coverage to all households and businesses in the area.
Find out more about Soirbheas by visiting their website at http://www.soirbheas.org.
Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust
Based in Bonar Bridge, the Trust aims to ensure that long-term, sustainable benefits are achieved throughout the Kyle of Sutherland area, by focussing on how best to utilise funding from local wind farms and renewable energy projects and identifying match funding opportunities.
A priority of the Trust is to oversee the implementation of a local development plan, with the aim of strengthening and uniting the local community through a range of projects. These include increasing leisure and outdoor activities available to residents and visitors, supporting local businesses and industries including tourism, fishing and food production and increasing education and training opportunities.
Find out more at www.kyleofsutherland.co.uk.
Lochaber Environmental Group
LEG is a registered Scottish Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. Its aim is to encourage the development and the desire to take action on the environment locally and to help local communities and people to realise this. The company runs various projects throughout Lochaber - more information can be found in the current projects section of thir website.
Strathnairn Community Woodlands
The community of Strathnairn took over the ownership of School and Milton woods in Farr in 2003. School Wood (approx. 12.14 hectares) sits immediately behind Farr Primary School. Milton Wood (28 hectares) may be found opposite to the 'Rennie Macintosh' style houses at the west end of Farr. Both woodlands contain areas of environmental / scenic interest, and exhibit a mix of trees which offer a habitat for woodpeckers, red squirrels, foxes, bats, badgers as well as a good variety of plants, mosses, lichens and fungi.
Access is easy using well defined footpaths and good car parking. Find more information on the Strathnairn Community website at http://www.strathnairn.org.uk.
Aultnaskiach Dell Community Wodland
A hidden oasis in the middle of Inverness, Aultnaskiach Dell has recently been established as a productive and recreational community woodland, thanks to a generous initiative by the owner and the hard work of a dedicated group of local residents. Learn more from the Chair of the managing group.
Highland Biodiversity Partnership
The Highland Biodiversity Partnership comprises around 30 representatives of local groups and key organisations committed to understanding, safeguarding, restoring and celebrating biodiversity within the Highland Council area.
Its purpose is to provide guidance and support to the existing network of local biodiversity groups, and to make progress on the key strategic biodiversity issues in the Highlands.
Since the Highland Biodiversity Project was started in 2002, over £700,000 of new funding has been spent on biodiversity action and planning in Highland. Over two thirds of this money was targeted towards local biodiversity projects. Seven Local Biodiversity Action Plans have been produced, over 130 projects delivered and over 250 awareness-raising events held across the seven LBAP areas.
Highland Biodiversity Officers
Janet Bromham and Jonathan Willet (job share)
The Highland Council, Planning & Development Service
Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX
Ross-Shire Voluntary Action
Ross-shire Voluntary Action exists to support voluntary groups across Ross-Shire, working to build communities which are safe, strong and sustainable for the future.
As one of the partners of the Highland Interface, The Highland Third Sector Interface, we work collaboratively across the area to ensure that the voice of the voluntary sector right across Highland is heard.
Valerie Cameron, Chief Executive Officer
Ross-Shire Voluntary Action, Thorfin House
Bridgend Business Park, Dingwall IV15 9SL
Scottish Charity No. SC006582 Registered in Scotland No. 234092
The Dùthchas Project - Our Place in the Future
The Dùthchas Project was a demonstration project funded by the EU Life Environment Programme from 1998-2001. Focused on the Scottish Highlands and Islands, the Project worked with 3 communities and 22 public agencies to explore ways of sustaining fragile rural areas – the natural heritage, the people and the economy. North Sutherland, North Uist and Skye’s Trotternish peninsula were chosen as the 3 Pilot Areas.
The Duthchas website www.duthchas.org.uk is packed with still really ground breaking and useful information for the kind of things that TBI are seeking to achieve.
Transition University of St Andrews
Transition St Andrews came to our attention in October 2014 when Anne Thomas went to their two-day Transition Roadshow, which included a talk by Transition co-founder Rob Hopkins. A quick look at their website shows them to be engaged in activities similar to some of TBI's, with bike maintenance classes in May, a report on one member's first experience of an electric car, and a whole section of the site devoted to re-using and re-economy, including training in repair skills.
For the main Transition Network website go to www.transitionnetwork.org/
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