In 2006, nearly three quarters of the 1800 residents of Comrie, in rural Perthshire, turned out to vote for the purchase of nearby Cultybraggan Army Camp, and form a Development Trust (CDT) to manage its affairs for the benefit of the community. The Trust was formed and within a year £350k (€450k) was raised through loan finance. This was an unprecedented achievement under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, which gave the community the first right of refusal to buy the site. The Comrie community has an ambitious vision for its development, which retains its historical features for posterity and education, and makes the most of its unique features. These include workshops in the Nissen huts, heritage tours, concerts and art projects and self-catering residential units for a ‘stay with a difference’. There is a four-year old community orchard and 30 community allotments are being managed by members. A biomass woodchip boiler produces a percentage of sustainable heat for the site along with a solar pv array for electricity.
Comrie Development Trust
Developing a self-reliant community; community regeneration; improving the local environment