Broadford and Strath Community Company was founded in 2003, building on the work of its predecessor the Broadford Environmental Group. Much has been achieved since those early days, and there lots more we can do with your help!
We were thrilled in 2022 to be awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of our work for the community.
Investment and jobs in 1 year
Income– grants, donations and earned: £317,000
Volunteer input equivalent: £228,000
Full time equivalent jobs: 8.7
Figures are for financial year 2021-22
With the support of our amazing volunteers, funders and local community, we have:
- Purchased 23 hectares of former forest land for community use
- Built a campsite and public toilets to generate income for our community while providing much-needed facilities
- Built an extensive network of paths, with more planned
- Created and continue to maintain Broadford’s Community Garden
- Created the Growers Hub as a focus for community growing, horticultural therapy and learning
It doesn’t stop there …
We are always striving to improve our community and environment. Our current projects include:
- Overseeing the Skye Cycle Way active travel project
- Helping shape the South Skye Community Campus
- Creating a new Skye events space at the campsite
- Coordinating the Highland Community Waste Partnership
- Running lively Outdoor Learning projects for children & young people
- And more!
Get in touch if you have a suggestion or would like to help.
- 1st January – General funds raised from the sucessful and enjoyable Broadford and Strath Community Company New Year Event: £5406.01
- February 2018 – Awarded £1000 from the Highland Council Ward Discretionary Fundfor the Skye Cycle Way Project.
- 23rd February – Awarded £4343 from the Highland Council Carbon Clever Fund for a Hotbin scheme.
- 15th March – awarded £500 from the Bank of Scotland Foundation.
- 11th June 2018 – £2000 donated from Compass Building and Construction Services Ltdfor repairs to the Community Garden path.
- 11th June 2018 – Donation of £500 for the Skye Cycle Way Project.
- 26th June 2018 – Continued funding of £20,096, secured for the Strengthening Communities Project.
- 11th December 2018 – Awarded £133,940 from the Aspiring Communities Fund.
- 19th January 2017 – Contribution from the Broadford and Strath Community Council Fireworks Fund for New Year Event £500.
- 7th February 2017 – Awarded £1,168 from Highland Council (Ward Discretionary Budget) to repair benches / replace picnic bench.
- 20th February 2017 – Awarded £58,900 from the Climate Challenge Fund (including £12,875 from the European Regional Development Fund).
- 24th February 2017 – Green growers project featured in the West Highland Free Press.
- 4th March 2017 – Green growers project featured in the Oban Times.
- 10th and 11th March 2017 – Biodynamic workshop.
- 26th March 2017 – Horticulture class with Audrey Litterick.
- 2nd April 2017 – New Broadford and Strath Community Company website launched.
- 20th April 2017 – Continued funding of £20,096, secured for the Strengthening Communities Project.
- 8th May 2017 – Awarded £693.70 from the Big Bike Revival.
- 12th June 2017 – Awarded £30,563.33 from the Scottish Hydro-Electric Community Trust towards the electrical connection at the Broadford Woodland Campsite.
- 10th July 2017 – Awarded £110,294 from HIE towards the capital expenditure for the Broadford Woodland Campsite.
- 28th July 2017 – Awarded £1500 towards new and improved paths from Paths for All.
- 3rd October 2017 – Donation from a local event £400.
- 6th December 2017 – Donation of £16,487.24 from the Co-operative Local Community Fund.
- 7th December 2017 – Awarded £32,500 from the Aspiring Communities Fund.
- 11th December 2017 – Sponsorship of £500 awarded from the Skye and Lochalsh Housing Association for repairs to the Community Garden path.
- 11th December 2017 – Donations of £552.37 following on from another successful “come and pick your own Christmas Tree event”.
- 19th December 2017 – Donation of £176 from the local Whist which will go towards our Christmas lights for the village.
- 19th December 2017 – £250 from the Broadford and Strath Community Counciltowards fireworks at our New Year Event.
- 19th December 2017 – £685 from the Broadford and Strath Community Counciltowards the replacement of the community benches.
- 22nd December 2017 – Awarded £142,060 from the Big Lottery Fund for our Grower’s Hub.
- 5th January 2016 – Volunteers helped move gravel into the big polytunnel.
- 13th February 2016 – How to build your own polytunnel course.
- 20th February 2016 – Youth club volunteers digging ditches and path building at the Allotments.
- 2nd March 2016 – After a huge amount of hard work our Big Lottery Fund grant application of £1,106,019, for a Community Campsite and Events Space, was succesful!
- 3rd March 2016 – West Highland Free Press reported our successful Big Lottery Fund application.
- 15th March 2016 – Successful in our application for the Co-op Community fund and received £1,500. This money was put towards our footpaths.
- 28th March 2016 – Green Growers Project awarded another years funding from Climate Challenge Fund.
- 31st March 2016 – Youth club volunteers, working towards their Saltire Awards, path building at the Allotments.
- 16th April 2016 – Highland Council contribution towards paths £1,500.
- May 2016 – Funding received for a part time Project Officer through the Strengthening Communities Programme £19,000.
- 2nd May 2016 – Youth club volunteers, working towards their Saltire Awards, building raised beds at the Allotments.
- 3rd May 2016 – Co-op bag pack raised £500.
- 16th May 2016 – Work completed on new section of the woodland lower path.
- 23rd May 2016 – Course on growing fruit at home and ornamental and companion plants.
- 28th May 2016 – How to build your own polytunnel course.
- 5th June 2016 – Young volunteers helping with moving gravel, irrigation system and plot building at the Allotments.
- 28th June 2016 – Site, Soil Management and Fertiliser – a course from Audrey Litterick.
- 29th June 2016 – Crop Choice, Rotation, Weeds, Pest and Disease Prevention and Control – a course from Audrey Litterick.
- July 2016 – Project Officer Norma Morrison appointed for the Strengthening Communities Project.
- 6th July 2016 – Volunteer joiners made new doors for one of the tunnels.
- 19th July 2016 – Gardening for beginner’s course.
- 22nd August 2016 – Match funding from the Bank of Scotland £500 which helped us buy a new strimmer.
- September 2016 – Project Manager Malcolm Henry appointed to manage the Campsite and Events space project.
- 16th September 2016 – Big Lottery Fund Celebrate Scotland grant for the New Year Event £5,000.
- 21st September 2016 – Volunteer students putting up another polytunnel.
- 20th October 2016 – Green Growers featured in Keeping Scotland Beautiful newsletter.
- 28th October 2016 – Grow your own, inside and outside in the West Coast talk.
- 9th November 2016 – Pest and Diseases in Horticulture talk.
Volunteer students strimming at the allotments.
- 16th November 2016 – Volunteer high school pupils working with local joiner to make door panels for our largest tunnel.
- 25th November 2016 – HIE funding for Campsite project £7,500.
- 28th November 2016 – Volunteers put up the Community Christmas Trees.
- 5th December 2016 – Broadford & Strath Community Company Chairperson Alistair Macpherson received a civic award for his endless volunteering in the Broadford area.
- 13th December 2016 – Whist drive fundraiser for Christmas lights raised £310.
Christmas Tree Event – donations in return for choosing and cutting your own Christmas Tree raised £390.
- 14th December 2016 – Volunteer high school pupils working with local joiner to make door panels for our largest polytunnel.
- 21st December 2016 – Broadford & Strath Community Company delivered a Christmas Tree to the Mackinnon Memorial Hospital.
- 22nd December 2016 – Whist drive fundraiser for Christmas lights raised £410.
- 31st December 2016 – New Year Fundraiser raised £9,052.10.
- 16th January 2015 – Green Growers Workshop / Course – repeat.
- 16th January 2015 – Planning application submitted for the Community Campsite and Events space.
- 14th February 2015 – Volunteers helped move the new Green Grower’s shed purchased from Sleat allotments to Broadford.
- 16th February 2015 – Volunteers & Students working on Tree and Green Growers site.
- 19th February 2015 – Small group of student volunteers from the Crofting Course worked at the Green Growers site clearing the access to the site.
- 23rd February 2015 – Student volunteers helped tidy up the Broadford Primary School oak trees.
- 27th March 2015 – “Growing your own food” workshop.
- 1st April 2015 – West Highland Free Press feature on the approval of the campsite and events planning application.
- 4th April 2015 – Bag-pack at the Co-op raised £270.
- 21 April 2015 – Volunteer session with Camille Dressler, funded by Scottish Communities Climate Action Network.
- 29th April 2015 – Ground work starts on Allotments site.
- 26th May 2015 – Sixteen hotbins distributed to groups around the community.
- 13 June 2015 – Stall at football pitch opening day.
- 23rd July 2015 – How to build your own raised bed and polytunnel course – hands on practical day with two local experts on site.
- 14th August 2015 – Hands on practical course on fencing.
- 7th September 2015 – Student volunteers on site building raised beds.
- 15th August 2015 – How to build your own polytunnel course – finishing the polytunnel started on the 23rd of July and building another small polytunnel.
- October 2015 – Application submitted to the Big Lottery Fund for the Community Campsite and Events space.
- 11th November 2015 – Volunteers taking away the mesh covers from oak trees planted by the school.
- 16th November 2015 – Student volunteers planting willow at the allotment site and making raised beds for the polytunnel.
- 28th November 2015 – Alistair Macpherson, Chair, organised the donating of Christmas Trees to the Community including the Community garden, village hall and school.
- 29th November 2015 – Fundraising dance raised £1,100.
- 1st December 2015 – Hedge planting with volunteers at the Allotment site.
- 8th December – Hedge planting with volunteers at the Allotment site.
- 10th December 2015 – Heidi Hoffman received a civic award for all her hard work volunteering in the Community Garden.
- 13 February 2014 – Campsite drop in session.
- 10 March 2014 – Awarded £2856 for Broadford Community footpath from Highland Council
- 18 April 2014 – Bag pack and display at Co-op £299 raised.
- 27 June 2014 – Paths Launch event with Broadford Primary School.
- 10 August 2014 – Seashore Event at Broadford Hall, stall and raffle, raised £99.
- 14 August 2014 – Bug hotel building at woodland.
- August 2014 – A walk with the disabled ramblers. We looked at sections that needed an upgrade for the all terrain scooters.
- August 2014 – The pilot project for people needing mental health support did a day of outdoor skills (shelter building etc.).
- 3-5 October 2014 – Presentations at Reforesting Scotland Conference in Kyleakin.
- 8 October 2014 – Campsite & Events Space Presentation & Consultation, at Hall and Co-op.
- 17th October 2014 – Feature in the Press and Journal about the BSCC plans for the new campsite.
- 3rd November 2014 – New Project Officer, Nicholas Kelly, appointed to run the Broadford Green Growers. The Green Growers are funded by the Climate Challenge Fund.
- 12th December 2014 – Green Growers Workshop / Course.
- 17th December 2014 – Volunteers led by Alistair Macpherson put up the Community Christmas tree and lights.
- March 2013 – Marble Path maintenance day.
- 20 April 2013 – Directors Visioning Day, funded by HIE.
- January 2012 – Bag pack at Co-op, £560 raised.
- £68,000 awarded by Scottish Government Enterprise Growth Fund for two project officers, land clearance and land surveys.
- £10,000 from Awards for All Scotland for new footpathin Broadford Community Woodland.
- £2,000 from Community Woodlands Association for footpath building training, additional support from Paths for All, John Mackinnon, West Highland College. This repaired the waterfront path.
- The marble track maintenance day.
- Moths Survey training with Skye and Lochalsh Environment Forum.
- Presentation of project at Enterprise Growth Fund Showcase Conference.
- Understanding Social Enterprise Training with West Highland College.
- Meet the Machines with Tilhill and Hope Woodlands.
- Tree planting with Broadford Primary school, supported by Kylerhea Nursery and West Highland College.
14 October 2011 – Purchase of Broadford Community Woodland.
Project cost: £35,000
- December 2010 – Opening of Broadford River footbridge.
- December 2010 – Bag pack at Co-op raised £1,144.
- March 2009 – Open day with FCS & Broadford & Strath Community Council.
- March 2009 – Fund-raising event, + £500 raised & 643 supporting signatures.
- July 2009 –Bag pack at Co-op raised £503.
2007 to 2011
The Broadford Bay Heritage Trail Project. This links Broadford Pier and Ashaig Well and has provided footpaths, footbridges, visitor facilities, restoration of archaeological sites and interpretation boards.
Project cost: £140,254
Public meeting, 95 people in attendance.
Feasibility study re development of Community Woodland.
Expansion of paths network.
2004 to 2005
The Community Garden project. This provided an extensive garden on the shore of Broadford bay, sponsored by the Beech Grove Garden (BBC TV) programme. Volunteers maintain the garden.
Project cost: £35,00
Woodland survey, 370 supporting signatures.
2003 to 2004
The Marble Railway footpath which follows the route of the historic Skye Marble Company railway into Broadford harbour.
Project cost £120,000
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) community consultation.