Mull Movements

Community Links Scotland have been working in Argyll and Bute for the last seven years. Much of this work has been generated through our strong working relationship with West Highland Housing Association, but our reputation is growing in the area and we have secured several pieces of independent consultancy over the last 3 years.

An area of particular growth for us this year has been on the Isle of Mull where we are currently involved with four very different projects.

North West Mull Community Woodland CompanyWest Ardhu Woodland path to be improved

The first of these involve North West Mull Community Woodland Company who are based in a very beautiful but remote corner of Mull  in the village of Dervaig.

In 2006, this dynamic organization purchased two large woodlands from the Forestry Commission and since then have focused their efforts on funding and building a haul road and commencing to fell and market timber. However, the company also recognize the potential for developing the amenity and recreation side of the woodlands in order to enhance facilities for local people and create income and jobs through attracting the visitor market.

CLS are working with trail experts Cycletherapy and architects MAST to produce a feasibility study and business plan for this area of development. Based on extensive community consultation and close working with the client, plans include a small woodland information and activity centre, walking and biking trails, forest schools and field study area and promotion of areas of archaeological interest.

Tobermory Endeavour

Meanwhile, in Tobermory, the main town of the island, we are working with the community organization Tobermory Endeavour to secure other areas of land from the Forestry Commission in order to allow the local community to develop the first community allotments on the island. The intention is to increase the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables for local people as well as to promote community activity around the healthy and therapeutic business of growing!

We are working closely with landscape architects Craignish Design and also Synergie Environ on this project.

Mull and Iona PCCCLS Planting Plan for Mull & Iona PCC

Further down the island close to the ferry terminal at Craignure, our in-house landscape architects are providing landscape design service to the building of the new Mull and Iona PCC , a supported housing and hospital beds complex. This is a partnership project between West Highland Housing Association and NHS Highland.

The building is underway but the landscaping, which includes a small sensory garden, will not be carried out until later on in 2012.

Pennyghael Village Hall

Finally at the southern end of the island CLS are working with the isolated and scattered community of Pennyghael, to produce a business plan which will help direct the future of the local village hall. Our partner in this project is Paul Harding Architects. Coffee Morning Consultation in Pennyghael

Following a period of consultation the community have been asked to select a design layout from three options giving the community a range of development options from simply improving basic facilities and sustainable heating systems, to adding café areas, field study facilities and soft play. We are looking forward to hearing the community’s final selection very soon.

 

 

We hope to continue to work with communities on Mull in the future.

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