Sunday May 4th sees the start of the community conversation on the future uses of Greenmyres farm acquired recently by Huntly Development Trust (HDDT) on behalf of the AB54 community.
From 11.00 to 16.00 Greenmyres Farm, Drumblade will host an Open Day during which visitors will have the opportunity to follow guided tours of the site, find out more about the reasons for the purchase and offer their views on future uses of the farm. The event also includes performances by local musicians, a giant cake baked by Rhynie Woman and an official opening ceremony. For directions to Greenmyres click here 2014 05 04 Greenmyres Directions.
The farm, consisting of 63 acres of grazing, farmhouse, associated outbuildings and pond, lies just off the A96 some 4 miles south-east of Huntly. Most of the finance for the purchase was provided by a grant from the Scottish Land Fund, a Scottish Government initiative to help communities become more sustainable through the purchase of land and buildings.
HDDT Chair Richard Hammock said, “Sunday marks the start of the discussion about what Greenmyres should be used for and represents the next stage of this exciting project. HDDT is very pleased to have acquired this substantial asset on behalf of the AB54 community. We believe it offers a tremendous opportunity for local groups and businesses to develop interesting and worthwhile uses for the buildings and the site. It also provides the long-term security of asset ownership for our organisation, meaning that we can plan for the future.”
The farm will be tenanted while the community conversation takes place to determine exactly how the local community wishes the farm to be used. Potential uses identified so far are small business units, recreation – the farm is adjacent to the Gartly Moor forest – small-scale agricultural enterprises, training and skills development, and aquaculture.
One partner already signed up is local charity, Networks of Wellbeing who already run several community projects in Huntly and who are interested in using the farm to develop their activities. The Trust itself is to seek planning permission for a single wind turbine as a visual extension to the adjacent Dummuies windfarm, with a view to providing income and potentially energy for development of the site and to fund other community projects.
HDDT stressed that it is open to a wide range of ideas from individuals, groups and businesses. Richard Hammock said, “Huntly has won awards for being the most creative place in Scotland and over the next few months we will be looking to see that creativity applied to the opportunity that Greenmyres offers to us all.”
- A free shuttle bus will run approximately every 45 minutes from The Square, Huntly, starting at 11.00.
- If you do bring your own car, please follow the parking signs/instructions, and drive carefully as the access road is narrow.
- Please wear robust footwear and dress sensibly for a farm visit at the top of the Glens…!
- Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed on this occasion.