Latest KCDC News:

  • Drone video footage of woodland damage
    A local resident (who wishes to remain anonymous) has kindly shared the following YouTube videos. They show the damage to the woodland behind St Vincents Hospital and also the new […]
  • Spring 2022 Newsletter
    KCDC’s annual newsletter is currently being hand-delivered to all addresses in Kingussie but is also available to download using the link below:
  • Membership
    It’s time to renew, or welcome new, members to KCDC! Your subscription (and any donation) helps KCDC to continue to deliver community benefits to Kingussie and the surrounding area. Membership […]
  • Hydro Fund award to Kingussie Bowling Club
    KCDC recently made an award from the Hydro Fund to help Kingussie Bowling Club purchase a new scarifier. Ian Moffett and Sandy Maxwell from KCDC were shown the new equipment […]
  • Woodland storm damage continued…
    KCDC has had further communication from Pitmain Estate about their approach to clearing fallen trees as follows: Tom Baraidh Woods The paths within the wood should be cleared this week […]
  • Lottery Support for new KCDC path project
    The Lottery has just awarded £5,587 towards a two-part project developed by KCDC to enhance the Gynack woodland.  The path network will be improved to connect the Gynack Mill Trail […]

Background:

The Kingussie Community Development Company (KCDC) was incorporated as a company with charitable status in 2006 to investigate, and hopefully, build a Community Hydro on the River Gynack. 

The Community Woodlands (the area from the bridge at The Cross to the Golf Course Carpark) were donated to KCDC and the suitable site for the Hydro was found to be where the original hydro serving the St Vincent’s hospital had been situated in the early 20th century.

The obtaining of the permissions and funding for the Hydro took several years, largely as a result of frequent changes in regulations.  Fortunately, the Hydro was completed in 2015 without the necessity of borrowings.  Since then, the Hydro has produced a surplus every year which is used to make charitable grants of up to £500 for Small Grants and £2,500 for Large Grants to organisations in Kingussie.  

KCDC maintains the Community Woodlands in our ownership, and using grants and our own funds works to assist in maintaining some of the paths in our area.  

We also instigate, drive forward and seek funding for other community projects in Kingussie, such as the repair of the Jubilee Walk, and the current Gynack Gate Gardens redevelopment as a community space and welcome to Kingussie. 

Our charitable status means we are able to support other groups and initiatives locally.

KCDC is entirely managed and run by volunteers from the Kingussie area. We have regular work parties of volunteers to repair paths, and other community projects and new volunteers are always welcome.

For further information please contact: info@kcdc.co.uk