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A community-focused partnership

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The Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape is a community-focused partnership of fourteen partner organisations. These partners together are committed to delivering the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership Scheme.

The partnership was originally led by seven major landowning partners: Assynt Foundation, Culag Community Woodland Trust, Eisg Brachaidh, John Muir Trust, Kylesku Estate, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Tanera Mor.  During preparation of the HLF Landscape Partnership bid, one national partner – the Woodland Trust – and six more local partners joined: Assynt Field Club, Coigach Community Development Company, Coigach Salmon Fisheries, Historic Assynt, Isle Martin Trust and the North West Highlands Geopark.

It is hoped that over time more partners, including people representing other voluntary groups, crofting townships, and the community, will be inspired to join the CALL project and help it to realise its vision.

You can find out more about the current partner organisations below (in alphabetical order):

Assynt Field CLub

www.assyntwildlife.org.uk

A local group which promotes enjoyment of all aspects of natural heritage.

Assynt Foundation

www.assyntfoundation.org

Assynt Foundation was established in advance of the community land buy-out of the Glencanisp and Drumrunie Estates in June 2005, comprising 18,000 ha in the parishes of Assynt and Lochbroom. The aims of the Foundation are to manage community land and associated assets for the benefit of the community and the public in general as an important part of the protection and sustainable development of Scotland’s natural environment. A key objective is to facilitate the creation of employment and business opportunities through the creative and sensitive use of the estates and their assets. The Trust has a current membership of 270 full members and 20 associate members and relies on a management team comprising 9 Directors (drawn from the local community) and 5 full time equivalent members of staff to run the estate.

Coigach Community Development Company

ccdcompany.wordpress.com

A locally-run company which promotes sustainable development.

Coigach Salmon Fisheries

A local micro-business concerned with the inshore salmon fishery in Coigach (ended in 1990s) and owns the associated ice-house and fishermen’s bothies.

Culag Community Woodland Trust

www.culagwoods.org.uk

Culag Community Woodland Trust (CCWT) was formed in 1995. It manages Culag Wood (40 ha) under a 50 year lease from Assynt Estates and Highland Council and owns Little Assynt Estate (1200 ha) which it purchased in 2000. CCWT is a membership organisation with charitable status and is run by 12 Directors and a staff of 2, with ongoing support from regular volunteers. The organisation aims to manage its land for the benefits of the local community through improvement to the environment, providing employment and training, enabling improved access to promote well-being, and through encouraging education about the area‘s natural environment. CCWT also established Culag Enterprises Ltd in 2008 to deliver training and employment in land-based skills. To date, a number of trainees have completed a range of vocational qualifications. The team has also secured a range of contracts relating to path building and dry stone walling. Culag Enterprises currently employs 5 members of staff.

Eisg Brachaidh

Eisg Brachaidh is a private estate in the west of the project area, owned by a family currently based abroad, some of whom have experience in conservation management. The land is factored by CKD Galbraith and is managed under an agricultural tenancy by a neighbouring landowner.

Historic Assynt

www.historicassynt.co.uk

A local group which aims to help people enjoy Assynt’s archaeology, and carries out excavations, develops interpretation and offers community events.

Isle Martin Trust

www.islemartin.org

A local group which manages this community-owned island and encourages research into its heritage.

John Muir Trust

www.jmt.org

John Muir Trust is a membership based charity formed in 1983 to safeguard the future of wild lands against development and to promote awareness and recognition of the value of such places. The trust has over 10,000 members and just over 40 staff based around Scotland, supporting both education projects and the management of 8 estate properties including Quinag, which is located in the CALL area. Quinag is managed by a small team of staff based in the northwest and on the Black Isle.

Kylesku Estate

Kylesku Estate is a private estate in the northeast of the CALL area. The owner is interested in conservation land management and in sustainable use of land.

North West Highlands Geopark

www.nwhgeopark.com

The North West Higlands Geopark is a social enterprise whose purpose is to promote geotourism, conservation and interpretation of the geological heritage of the North West Highlands.

Scottish Wildlife Trust

scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

The Scottish Wildlife Trust was formed in 1964 and is a membership-based charity whose objective is to advance the conservation of Scotland’s biodiversity for the benefit of present and future generations. With a membership of over 30,000, the Trust has 120 wildlife reserves, of which Ben Mor Coigach is one. Located in the southwest of the CALL area, Ben Mor Coigach is managed by the Highlands and Islands team based in Tore near Inverness, supported by a large range of Edinburgh-based staff with specialist skills including fundraising, biological survey and recording, data analysis, marketing and volunteer training and support.

Tanera Mor

www.summer-isles.com

This island, the largest and only inhabited of the Summer Isles, welcomes visitors. Come and explore the island’s rugged beauty and discover a wealth of wildlife and history as you walk, sail or kayak round the island. Relax in a cosy cottage, admire the stunning West Coast views and breathe lots of fresh sea air. Enjoy freedom from the distractions of daily life. There are no roads on the island, so you can leave your car and your cares on the mainland.

Woodland Trust

www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

The Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, aiming to protect wood that are under threat, restore ancient woodlands, and to create new native woodlands.

Working with the local community

In addition to the partners, the project also aims to work with the wider community and the range of community groups that are active within the Coigach and Assynt area. This includes: Assynt Learning & Leisure, Assynt Tourism Group, Assynt Angling Association, North West Sutherland Deer Management Group, Assynt Interpretive Group, Assynt Community Council, Coigach Community Council, Coigach Heritage Group, Assynt Community Association, West Sutherland Fisheries Trust, Sutherland Partnership, Stoer Primary School, Lochinver Primary School, Achiltibuie Primary School and Ullapool High School.

Become a project partner

If you or your organisation would like to become part of this groundbreaking project, please contact the CALL Staff Team on 01571 844638 or email: info@coigach-assynt.org

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