Nestling in the Cowal peninsula in beautiful rural Argyll, the Villages of Colintraive and Glendaruel, known jointly as Col-Glen are easily accessible from a range of west coast locations and are linked by ferry crossing to the Isle of Bute. Wildlife abounds with red and roe deer commonly sighted in the Glen and golden eagles are frequent visitors. The famous Kyles of Bute, a narrow sea channel separating the north end of the Isle of Bute from the Cowal peninsula, is designated as a National Scenic Area and a popular destination for sailing enthusiasts. Col-Glen covers an area stretching for around 30 miles end to end with a total adult population of 250. Historically, both communities had local services and facilities but diminishing resident populations and non-viability of businesses has resulted in the deterioration of local services. The Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust (CGDT) has been established to engender a cohesive approach to developing the social, economic and cultural base of the area and a Community Development Plan has been produced as a result of extensive community consultation.
The Development Trust is as yet a relatively young organisation, but the first of our ambitious plans has recently come to fruition with ownership of Stronafian Forest having been transferred from FCS under the National Forest Land Scheme for the princely sum of £1.55m! An innovative approach to funding the acquisition was necessary due to the high value and has resulted in a lease agreement with a forestry company who will manage the timber crop. A range of exciting possibilities for our ambitious community are now a reality and our recently appointed Forest Development Officer is already hard at work. As well as amenity use for residents and visitors, plans include housing and economic opportunities through creation of forest crofts and a community wind turbine. Further developments will evolve not only in the Forest, as there are several other projects bubbling on the surface. In the meantime, two Village Halls are being supported in an upgrading programme, and access improvements at various locations are planned.
Established as a Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Status, CGDT is governed by a Board of 7 local Directors with a range of skills and experience across diverse sectors. Rhona Sutherland has been employed as the Trust’s Development Officer for three years and continues to be supported by HIE. Last year saw the Trust appoint an Energy Efficiency Officer funded by Climate Challenge Fund, and of course our recently appointed Forest Development Officer strengthens the CGDT team.
Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust
The Village Hall,
Key contact: Charles Dixon- Spain