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The following videos showcase some of the fantastic, successfully funded Perth and Kinross LEADER Programme projects

Mairi Gougeon MSP summarised the successes of LEADER in Scotland and in Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER. Congratulating everyone involved she encouraged hope for a future Community Led Local Development programme which will build on past successes, skills and knowledge within communities and rural enterprise.


Kinloch Rannoch Community has developed their Community Action Plan and LEADER funded a project officer and some elements of this and other projects to help maximise the usage of the village hall and increase capacity for childcare.


LEADER Awards Finalists Films for the 5 categories


Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER & Perth and Kinross Council have set up The Perth & Kinross Community Action Plan Programme of support for communities that want to prepare or even renew their Community Action Plans (CAPs). Crucially, plans are a way of engaging people in an open conversation about their place and what matters to them.


Cultybraggan Camp, Comrie – Comrie Development Trust, custodians of the community owned and managed Cultybraggan Camp, has had two projects supported in this round of LEADER programme as well as receiving support in the previous programme, this film explains how LEADER has helped to realise the various projects at the Camp and what their plans are going forward to benefit the wider area for future generations.


Blairgowrie Players Drama Group, Hill Kirk – renovated and modernised the Hill Kirk to preserve an iconic B-listed building in a conservation area and preserve the Hill Kirk for The Blairgowrie Players to use as their home. In addition this would enable the group to continue to offer the experience and pleasure of drama to the people of Blairgowrie and the surrounding areas in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment and enable other community groups the use of the space and improved facilities.


Digital Maker_Space – Culture Perth and Kinross has developed a network of digital technology hubs within key 4 rural library locations which make cutting edge creative digital technologies more accessible across rural Perthshire and maximise potential of the Library as an open access resource for individual, small and micro business development.


Auchterarder Paths Network, Provost Walk – This Project delivered a major upgrade to the Auchterarder cross-town path known as Provost Walk to make it a multi-user path suitable for walkers, wheelchairs, motorised wheelchairs, buggies and cyclists. In the longer-term, this project will be integrated into a circular path around Auchterarder which the community are aiming to link into a national, long-distance walking/cycling path between Lochearnhead and Newburgh.


Kettins Parish Hall – a community owned asset that has been built by the community to host services that directly relate to meeting local need while ensuring a viable future for the rural community.


Innerpeffray School House & Grounds – It was a long walk to Innerpeffray, but for the people who took the time to come across the fields and the river to Scotland’s first lending library, it was worth it. This project tells their story, and answers the question that most people ask – why is there a library here, in the middle of nowhere? It also goes beyond the story of the Library to tell the story of the site as a whole, in particular the connection to Roman heritage as Innerpeffray has one of the best-preserved Roman roads in Scotland.


Balado Airfield nr Kinross – The Blue Skies project, comprises the development and modernisation of Balado Airfields ex 2WW existing facilities, the establishment of a small outdoor event space for up to 100 people, three additional hangars capable of housing up to 15 small aircraft, taxiway improvements, construction of modern welfare facilities, permitting overnight stays and offering refreshment facilities to pilots and visitors. A Young Persons Flying Scholarship has been set up to enable young people to experience flying and hopefully provide a pathway to flying as a career or or for leisure.


The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy – The Birks Cinema Trust received funding towards 2 projects: Our First Community Project & Strengthening our Marketing Capability. These two projects have helped the Birks Cinema create a vibrant community hub and build a marketing system which has helped them to adapt to new trends in the cinema world and continue to retain local and visitor support for the venue.


The LEADER Story.


This project involved the conversion of traditional farm buildings in to a mixed-use events venue. The main body of the work changed the internal layout of the buildings and creating new access points and links, toilets and bar area along with internal and external seating areas, external landscaping and paving. The aim was to create a unique events venue which offers those hiring it the opportunity to create a bespoke event.


Coupar Burn Community Biodiversity Project – The purpose of this project was to provide balanced management to enhance the area for nature conservation and biodiversity, provide a new amenity for residents and to help reduce the risk of flooding.The burn has been transformed into a wonderful haven for wildlife and resource for the community rather than looking over grown and becoming a dumping ground. Paths were also created and seating installed along with information panels about wildlife, biodiversity and history. The project also gave young people the opportunity to participate, learn new skills and increase their chances for employment.


Heather Hills Honey – Heather Hills Farm has been producing local honey in Perthshire for over 60 years, this project involves the purchase of 120 packages of bees which will enable additional pollination of the crops belonging to partnering farms. The applicant has also purchased new machinery to make the extraction of honey more efficient.


The Atholl Centre project has built a fully accessible conference room with AV and deaf loop, ensuring equality of access for all. The new conference room offers a combination of beneficial aspects not available anywhere else in Pitlochry enhancing access to community meetings and clubs.


Strathearn Cheese is a small independent business operating out of Cultybraggan in Comrie, producing cheese using local ingredients. The business was at a stage where it could no longer grow due to restrictions caused by the limited washing facilities at the unit. The LEADER grant has enabled the company to purchase a commercial dishwasher, allowing more cheese to be produced and the business to explore further ways to grow.


Highland Fling Bungee – The only permanent bridge bungee jump in the UK attracting 4000 visitors per year. They were awarded £5,000 from LEADER to go towards the addition of a 40 metre rope swing under the Garry Bridge which is open for thrill seekers over the age of 10, the swing is the first of its kind in the UK.


Wee Wild Sparks – An outdoor play and learning services provided by Wild Sparks Outdoor Play, they were awarded £21,909.28 from LEADER. The project is focused around the ethos and values of improving provision for local children and families and addressing early childcare and learning objectives, through a unique and innovative service that promotes values of environmental sustainability and nature connection. The project contributes to community-based support and learning networks to share skills and resources by developing links with local family support services.


Highland Safaris – Highland Safaris received £74,000 from LEADER, the funds were used to purchase a custom-built twelve seater boat allowing visitors to discover and explore the magical stretch of Scottish water, Loch Tay. Loch Tay Safaris provide a unique cruise exploring the history, heritage and folklore of Perthshire’s largest loch.


The Scottish Tea Factory – The Scottish Tea Factory were awarded £25,560.78 in 2017. The funding enabled the project to set up a small-scale tea production facility which offers training to small scale tea growers in Scotland and Europe. The tea factory also runs tea tastings and education courses as well as setting up a Tea Club which is a community project for local people to learn more about tea.


St Fillans Community Trust Ltd – St Fillans Community Trust Ltd were awarded £60,000 for the Loch Earn Railway Path project. This is a community-led project that aims to bring new life to the area’s cultural heritage and increase tourism by developing a path along the dismantled railway track-bed, linking with established tourism routes. By extending the local path network and linking into amenities, the functionality of the path network will be increased- encouraging more people to use it.


Strathearn Cider Company – The Strathearn Cider Company was awarded £32,500 from Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER Programme in April 2017. Based in Methven, Perthshire, the project was funded to manufacture high quality cider making use of the many tonnes of apples grown locally which are weren’t previously all used.


Cateran’s Common Wealth – awarded £41,761. To run a project with 3 separate elements; The Story Box, the Cateran Trail in 100 objects, and aerial photography or the trails archaeology.


Crieff Food Company – Based in Crieff, was awarded £30,000. LEADER contribution went towards the refrigeration equipment for the kitchen – project’s ethos is all about local producers.


Loch Leven Brewery – Based in Kinross, was awarded £30,000 to convert disused public conveniences into a microbrewery.


The Workshop Aberfeldy – based in highland Perthshire, awarded £31,531. The project promotes equality of opportunity for individuals facing additional barriers to employment and supports young people in Highland Perthshire into employment by offering training opportunities and business experience in a manufacturing business.


Enterprising Rural Perthshire – Based in eastern Perthshire but working with businesses across all of rural Perthshire, awarded £320,419 – providing support and advice to small businesses and social enterprises.


The Madoch Centre – awarded £137,000 – to go towards the development of a state of the art community hub.