The Culbokie Community Trust Limited (CCT) was established in June 2014 as a company limited by guarantee and achieved charitable status in July 2015.
The principle concern of CCT was to improve services in the village following a rapid increase in the number of houses over the past 50 years taking the population from around 80 in 1961 to over 800 in 2011. However, it does not have a recognisable centre and has very poor access to services compared to other villages in the area. In addition there are a further 130 more houses still in the planning pipeline.
In early 2015, CCT was successful in purchasing 0.5ha of land in the centre of the village under the Community Right to Buy Scheme with funding from the Scottish Land Fund. CCT has established a partnership with Tulloch Homes to develop the site and plans have been drawn up for a new Community Hub. This will include a café and outdoor gathering area, space for business rental and a health room. The buildings will be set within a new village green which will include a community orchard, herb garden, community shelter, and a natural play area. A potting shed will provide a base for volunteer growing projects.
CCT also: runs the monthly Culbokie Community Market; researches and promotes the history of the village; has established a permanent orienteering course in Culbokie Woods which is well used by the local school and community; and organises a volunteer work force to keep he village clean and tidy and the woodland paths open. CCT is active in fundraising and organises many community fundraising events each year.
Key contact: Penny Edwards