Comrie Development Trust Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust

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Comrie Development Trust Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust was established in 2008. Its mission is to, “improve access to, and provision of, facilities, amenities and services for employment, education, health and recreation’ protecting the future of a fragile rural community” [1]. Its main activities include home energy advice, Green Deal reports, community wind and hydro schemes, food growing, food waste, community composting and recycling.

The Trust currently involves 250 households, with 70 actively participating and brings together the rural communities of Comrie and Glendaruel. Its achievements to date include creating, within the 60 hectares of Stronafian Forest, access to land for new community energy projects, social learning, training and recreation opportunities, and a long distance (57-mile) walking trail, along with further projects in areas such as energy production, eco-tourism, digital technology and food production. These activities have helped regenerate the local economy, boosted social wellbeing and promoted connection to nature. They provide an example of how rural communities can collaborate and proactively co-develop local resilience.

Owned and managed by the communities themslves, Development Trusts, "aim to achieve the sustainable regeneration of a community or address a range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues within a community."[2] The Development Trust model is potentially replicable in other rural areas, and can be an important framework for promoting social-ecological resilience.

  1. TESS-booklet_-Community-Climate-Action-across-Europe.pdf, p. 50.
  2. TESS-booklet_-Community-Climate-Action-across-Europe.pdf, p. 50.