Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust was formed in July 2003. Our objectivesare to do what we can to help the Tarbert and Skipness community area secure a healthy and sustainable future – to contribute to community development and to conserve and enhance the special qualities and heritage in the local environment.
During the last 7 years the Trust has tried to achieve its objectives through a number of projects the following being the most significant.
- The Trust negotiated ownership of Tarbert Castle a Scheduled Monument extending to some 2Ha. We developed a strategy to improve access and ensure the preservation of the site and ruins and put in place a sustainable maintenance program. This work has been done with our sister organisation Tarbert Conservation Initiative and their volunteers. Further information at www.tarbertcastle.info.
- A further hectare of land behind the castle belongs the castle and work parties have been clearing the area since early 2013 to form a wildlife area including woodland and wildlife pond.
- From 2009-2011 the Trust established a major program of carbon emissions reduction in the community through “Big Green Tarbert ” and our Community Gardens Initiative. Further environmental work has been carried out by the Local Produce project
- Working with some 20 other community groups a Community Plan was commissioned and this should help the community take forward its priorities. Further information at www.tarbertcommunityplan.info
- The Trust is pursuing an involvement in renewable energy generation to help meet national targets and bring financial benefit to the community. We are in the process negotiating investment in the second phase of Allt Dearg Community Windfarm.
- The Trust is looking at linking the Kintyre Way to the Kilberry Road to develop the long distance path from Southend to Invereray
- In August 2013 Tarbert Harbour Authority agreed to a 15 year lease of ground alongside the walkway to develop a children’s play area to complement the adult outdoor gym.
- In July 2013 site visits were made to Claonaig Church with a view to development of a bunkhouse facility.