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Newsletter 2018


Hydro Fund now available

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Cairngorms Nature Festival





Kingussie Micro-Hydro Project

Community Power Case Study 

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 Creag Bheag paths Completed


You may have noticed path work happening on Creag Bheag over the last few months. Our current trainees have been busy building boardwalk on the Golf Course Circular and repairing a stretch of eroded path on the south east slop. Meanwhile CWC Ltd, former COAT trainees themselves, have built a new path on the steep North slope.

To celebrate the completion of this work we’d like to invite you, and others from your organisations, to join us for a walk over Creag Bheag, where you will get the opportunity to meet our trainees and try out the new paths. We plan to do this on Friday 14th June at 10.30am, meeting at Kingussie Golf Course Car Park, and the walk will take approximately 2 -3 hours.

Please let me know if you are able to join us.
Hope to see you there.

Lizzie Cooper                                                             
Project Coordinator

Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust, West Cairngorms Office, Dell Bothy, Dell Of Rothiemurchus, AVIEMORE PH22 1QH
T: (01479) 810766      M: 07530 309629

Norwegian Visit – 26 September 2012


The visit went well. Iain Dyce, Donnie Grant and Andy Dunn escorted the group from Oppland National Park in Norway through the town via the Mill Trail, explaining our aspirations for the hydro scheme, the biodiversity woodland, and the paths network.

At present the Norwegian view of what a national park should be has a focus on biodiversity and conservation, while the CNP view includes, in addition to these two factors, socio-economic regeneration.


Community regeneration and involvement of volunteer organisations such as KCDC, as well as COAT and LOAF, are a novel theme for Norwegians. Our discussion touched on the possible tensions between conservation and socio-economic regeneration, and how these might be resolved.

An unexpected connection between Kingussie and Oppland emerged when two of the Norwegians recalled, as kids, waving at a group of kilted, bagpipe-playing Scotsmen marching through their village.  One of our group of three was a member of that kilted band.  Which one, I wonder!



Weather or Not! (Tuesday 25 September)

Despite wild and stormy weather, members of KCDC and pupils and staff from Kingussie High School sallied forth to learn about path use and biodiversity woodlands.  Pupils mapped paths and identified species of plants and trees as well as making a very useful contribution to woodland maintenance.
It is hoped that this might be the first move encouraging links between school and community in relation to knowledge and understanding of their local environment.  The photo shows pupils back in the classroom at the end of the day out of the rain, identifying indigenous species.






Of the three sub-groups of KCDC – Hydro, Biodiversity and Paths – the greatest emphasis currently is on the Hydro scheme.


The project using the Archmedes screw has had to be abandoned because of a shortfall in funding and pressure from the timescale needed to complete the project. However, the sub-group is currently pursuing the possibility of a project using standard turbines.  The agreement of Pitmain Estate to include our project alongside its own two hydro schemes proposed for 2013, and the possible use of its consultants to facilitate the building of the KCDC hydro scheme, would reduce our costs considerably.

The full implications of this will be discussed at this year’s KCDC AGM on November 14 when members will be asked to vote on the viability of continuing with this project.

Since our last AGM, ownership of the woodland has been transferred to KCDC. This extends on both sides of the Gynack from the footbridge at the Cross Restaurant upstream to the bottom end of the Golf Club car park. Daval’s legal expenses were paid  by a Forestry grant and those of KCDC pro bono Fraser Nicol, for which many thanks are due.

The woodland is now being managed as native woodland and for biodiversity. To this end we have been removing seedling sycamores as they appear, removing the re-growth of sycamore stumps, controlling the bracken and tidying the brash following the removal of the sycamores. It is intended to retain deadwood, where possible, to improve the woodland ecosystem.

Several favourable comments have been received about the multitude of flowers adorning the woodland floor this spring as a result of more light getting in.

We are hopeful of having help from some High School pupils in the near future to cut back the invasive snowberry and to carry out general maintenance.

Next month it is hope to resurrect some small-scale coppicing of hazel trees.  There is evidence to suggest that this practice was carried out many years ago.  This will increase the biodiversity of the woodland.  It is proposed that volunteers from our membership might be deployed for this activity at a date yet to be decided.

A further four paths have been suggested to the CNP via Kingussie Community Council to be classified as core paths – Raitts; Auchtuchle to West Terrace; Tromie Tramp; a possible pedestrian connection between Lynchat and Kingussie.

We are aware that the popular usage of our paths network has brought issues of maintenance. With this in mind, we are allocating a path each to individual members to monitor and check. Workers from the Community Service Scheme will be giving us time for some path maintenance in the autumn. The new group of trainees with COAT are also scheduled to work in our area sometime soon. They have already built up and improved the path around the duckpond and plan to build a boardwalk in the boggy area en route to the climbing crags.

New information signage will be created by the CNP in the town to indicate the different levels and categories of walks available locally – Town, Mill, Hill. In addition, we now have draft proposals for new fingerposts throughout the paths network.

I hope that this keeps you up to date with some of what is going on with KCDC.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact any KCDC board members.

Andy Dunn





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