Camuscross & Duisdale Initiative | Iomairt Chamas Chros & Dhùisdeil
All pulling together | A tarraing air an aon ràmh
Our vision is to develop and support social, cultural, economic and environmental initiatives and to create a resilient, sustainable community where everyone feels welcome and valued
Camuscross & Duisdale Initiative serves the community of two crofting townships in Sleat, in south Skye, with 60 crofts in total and a population of approximately 180. CDI developed out of a steering group that started in 2007 to look at the possibility of working with Camuscross Grazings Committee to develop affordable sites on the common grazings. Camuscross & Duisdale Initiative was incorporated in December 2009 and continues to work in cooperation with the grazings shareholders in developing many of its projects.
In 2010, it became only the eighth community to purchase land through Part II of the Land Reform Act, when it bought the small redundant Allt Duisdale Reservoir from Scottish Water, with the aim of developing a micro hydro scheme of 38 KW. Its assets are therefore currently 2.59 acres, the majority of which is water!
It is also working on a project to build a Sustainable Community Hub, with gathering space, shop and café, which would be powered by the hydro scheme and be connected to a network of footpaths. The aim is to provide community services, employment, particularly for young people, and enable the community to take action to reduce their carbon footprint, as at present the nearest shop is up to 11 miles away.
Isle of Skye
Key contact: Susan Walker