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Raasay House Community Company

5 Mill Park Isle of Raasay By Kyle IV40 8PA


In 2007, the community of Raasay set up Raasay House Community Company (RHCC) to facilitate their purchase of Raasay House and grounds, the walled garden and some other small areas of land. In January 2009, a few weeks prior to the completion of the renovation of the house, a fire destroyed most of the building. It was rebuilt and finally reopened under lease to Raasay Outdoor Centre in April 2013.

The private lease on the walled garden ended in late 2013 and, following consultation with the community, it was decided to make the garden productive again, running it as a community project. A group of volunteers stepped forward and the Walled Garden Action Group was formed.

From 2014 to 2016 much work was done by the volunteers (assisted by a couple of pigs at one point) to plan the future of the garden and large areas were cleared and tidied. The original paths were uncovered, the neglected box hedging trimmed, large quantities of black plastic were lifted and the grass regularly mown.