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Walkerburn Community Development Trust

Walkerburn 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 has 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. 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 a path has been installed to make the area more accessible.  It is hoped to put further paths on the site in the future

The Trust is a recognised Scottish Charity in the form of a Scottish Charritable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). There are currently 6 members of the community serving on the Board of Trustees and membership is open to anyone over the age of 18, living within the EH43 postcode and registered on the Electoral Roll for the area.

An application form to join the trust is available by clicking here

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