Arran Community Land Initiative (ACLI) was established in 2013 to advance education, training and skills and advance public participation in recreation by purchasing an area of land where these activities could take place. A 32 hectare (80 acre) piece of disused farmland in Whiting Bay was bought with a grant from the Scottish Land Fund in December 2014. We hope to transform the land for the economic, social, physical and environmental benefit the community of Whiting Bay and the Isle of Arran.
Having gone through a local consultation process, the intention is to change this currently disused farmland into a variety of areas to benefit the community and fulfil the charitable purposes of ACLI. We would like to create: allotments; a community orchard and endangered Arran Whitebeam woodland conservation area; a community garden; a nature reserve area with footpaths, ponds and hides to view wildlife; grazing lets; crop growing; an area for renewable energy production and a mountain bike skills course.
These ideas are at their early stages and through funding applications, some income from grazing and local volunteers, we hope to develop the site over time and involve all parts of the community.
Isle of Arran,
Key contact: Juliette Walsh