Get Involved with the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Landscape Partnership
Recently appointed Development Officer with the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Landscape Partnership, Marion McDonald, is settling in to the new and challenging role, meeting the organisations involved and getting to know folk in the community.
“My first experience of the project was to attend a public meeting in Tomintoul on 25th February, just before I officially started. I was really impressed with the turnout at the meeting and the enthusiasm of the people there to get involved with the various projects which have been identified so far in the Landscape Partnership process.”
The aim of the Landscape Partnership is to use the rich heritage of the area to promote rural regeneration in this distinctive place. The vision is for the communities of Tomintoul and Glenlivet to share and celebrate the hidden heritage of the area, enhancing the landscape, environment,local skills and development opportunities in the long term.
Planned work includes projects to improve the museum and visitor centre in Tomintoul, gather oral history, conserve important buildings in the area such as Scalan and Blairfindy Castle, restore woodland along sections of the River Avon, create more wetland habitat for wading birds and improve paths in the area. In the Development Phase which runs til May 2016, funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cairngorms National Park, Crown Estate, HIE and in-kind support from other partners like the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Development Trust, will allow us to develop detailed proposals for these projects which could lead to a total investment of £3.6m in the Tomintoul & Glenlivet area.
There will be a range of events planned for the early summer months to give people a chance to get involved in the project including another Open Meeting on May 27th and various activities focussing on our rich natural and cultural heritage – please get in touch to sign up for our e-newsletter so you can be kept informed of everything that will be going on”.