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Last updated on 30 October 2023

Walkerburn Community Development Trust

WCDT logoWalkerburn is a small community on the A72 half way between Peebles and Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. It sits on the banks of the River Tweed and is surrounded by the Tweed Valley Forest Park and is an area known around the world for salmon fishing, hill walking and mountain biking.

Walkerburn Community Development Trust was set up in 2005 during the final year of a 3 year period as a European Transitional Regeneration Area. The aims of the Trust are to continue and develop the regeneration work started over the previous two years through various projects. For 2 years up until March 2011 the trust had a development officer funded as part of the Powerdown project looking at ways of reducing the carbon footprint of the village, working with both individuals and groups within the community. The Trust considered purchasing and redeveloping the Church of Scotland building which was closed at the end of May 2009, however the cost of any scheme and the effect it might have on any future need for funding for other projects resulted in a decision, taken in April 2010, not to proceed. In conjunction with the local Council for Voluntary Services (The Bridge), a Community Action Plan was developed in 2010 to take Walkerburn forward in a direction decided by the whole community. Work is now being done to put together  new community plan - see below for how to take part.  The overall aim of the Trust is to serve the community by helping to make Walkerburn a great place to work, rest and play. The allotments between Galashiels Road and Tweedholm Avenue were developed by the Trust and are leased to Walkerburn Allotment Association who manage the allotment site.  The remainder of the area has fruit trees and bushes on it and paths have been installed to make the area more accessible. 

In 2015, the possibility of purchasing land on Caberston Avenue for the installation of photovoltaic panels to generate electricity for the village was investigated with a feasibility study funded by Local Energy Scotland.  Unfortunately the cost of connection to the grid made the project economically unfeasible, although the concept was a good one, and might have generated a future income for the Trust and the village.

Since the end of maintenance of the flowerbeds in the village by the local council, this has been taken on by a small group of  residents who are supported by the Trust.  Although it has been difficult in the current climate to maintain the beds as carefully as might be wished, the use of wildflower seeds in the beds has greatly brightened the journey through the village with a very colouful display.

During the coronavirus epidemic, the provision of meals has been overeseen by one of the Trust directors along with a further group of volunteers cooking and delivering nutritious meals (Food HUGS) to those in financial need, or who have to isolate due to health issues.

The Trust is a recognised Scottish Charity in the form of a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). There are currently 8 members of the community serving on the Board of Trustees and membership is open to anyone over the age of 16, living within the EH43 postcode or owning property in the postcode area.

An application form to join the trust is available by clicking here  The support of the work of the Trust by members is vital to its success.

The Trust hopes to find support and funding for an art project in the old mill site. Our bid for funding from the SBC Localities Fund in 2019 was just a few votes short of being successful, and once we found funding the new owner of the site started to develop it and asked us to stop the project. However we are still working to find alternative sites for images from working in the mill.

In the past 12 months, a lot of work has gone into the development of ideas for a pump track in Walkerburn.   Click here for more information 

You can now hire e-bikes from the Trust.   Click here for more information

Currently the Trust is working with other groups in the village on gathering views on the way they want the vil age to develop.  The placeplanning process involves residents meeting together to discuss what they want and completing a questionnaire on their ideas for the future. Click here to access the questionnaire.

The objectives of the trust are:
  • The advancement of community development, including the advancement of rural regeneration;
  • 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, where ‘sustainable development’ means development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.
  • To provide in the interests of social welfare, facilities within the Walkerburn community, for recreation and other leisure time occupation available to the public at large.
  • To advance education and in particular to promote opportunities for learning for the benefit of the general public.
  • To help young people, particularly those resident in Walkerburn community, to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities, such that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and as members of society.
  • To promote, establish, operate and/or support other schemes and projects of a charitable nature for the benefit of the community within Walkerburn.

    The above is an extract from the constitution of the Trust