A chance to open up a new area of communal land

The purchase of the  23ha Community Woodland was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the residents of Broadford and Strath. It had the potential to bring the community together and build a stronger, self-sustaining village.

The plans and ideas of our community had been held back due to a lack of land and this purchase gave the Broadford and Strath Community Company a chance to open up a new area of communal land upon where some of our ambitions could be realised.

The Forestry Commission Scotland agreed to sell the land. The sale went through in October 2011.

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Initial ideas for the community woodland included:
  • Woodland regeneration, removal of invasive and non-native vegetation, regenerating native, mixed woodland
  • Network of paths, nature trails and mountain bike tracks
  • Community-run campsite
  • A picnic area and recreational space
  • Events space
  • Visitor Centre including a shop, gallery and café
  • Visitor parking for up to 200 cars
  • Youth Adventure Site
  • A community orchard and allotments
These in turn would have the following benefits to the Community:
  • A safe, managed recreational space for people of all ages to enjoy
  • Sustainable sources of income for the communities of Broadford and South Skye
  • Economic benefits to local businesses
  • A space for native plants and wildlife to thrive, enhancing local biodiversity
  • Land for the use of future generationss.

For more information please contact us at:

mail@broadfordandstrath.org

KEY FACTS

Time frame: 2001 & ongoing

Funding: £35,000

Location: Broadford Woodland

Benefits to the community: A community owned piece of woodland providing the opportunity to further develop projects and enhance the environment.

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