From East to West - A Community Learning Exchange
This week a couple of us set off to Blairmore on the Cowal Peninsula to meet the community and exchange learning. Blairmore is one of a number of small villages situated on the western shore of loch long. Although not as old as East Haven, Blairmore has a wonderful heritage with it's beautifully restored victorian pier and old ticket office. It also has an abundance of wildlife and biodiversity which the residents are keen to preserve and protect. To take forward the interests of the community, Blairmore Village Trust, a ‘not for profit’ community interest company was established. In 2014 the Trust successfully secured a large area of ground in the centre of the village with funding from the Scottish Land Fund. The Trust has now been awarded £8,000 from Tesco's to landscape the ground and create an inclusive community space. We met with members of the Trust and wider community and also delivered a presentation based on our experience in East Haven. Importantly, the people of Blairmore have decided to enter the Beautiful Scotland competition this year. Through the Three Pillar concept of Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation, Beautiful Scotland provides a structure and framework for communities to develop and take forward improvements. We now look forward to a visit from our friends in Blairmore which will probably take place on 16 and 17 May 2017.