Down, but not out over windfarm


Fauch Hill Windfarm has not been granted planning consent at appeal by the DPEA Inquiry Reporter and the Camilty windfarm that has consent and where KCDT would have a possibility of income has been delayed as it was recently sold to EDF. 

The board of Kirknewton Community Development Trust recognised that the chances of approval of the reviewed Fauch Hill were slim, however the role of KCDT is to get the best deal we can from any acceptable developer proposal for the benefit of the Kirknewton community. 

At the original planning meeting West Lothian Council dismissed the significant socio-economic impact that the Fauch Hill proposal would have delivered to Kirknewton, therefore it is good to know that the Reporter took this factor into consideration this time around, as evidenced in the quotation from his decision letter below, thanks to the help of community volunteers and as part of an external review put forward by the Developer.

Of course it would have been nice to provide employment and on-going funds (in the region of £80,000 a year) to improve activity and facilities in our village as well as being able to easily invest in housing for the elderly, youth projects, park improvements and guarantee events such as the fireworks each year.  This will, in the short term, not be the case but we will continue our efforts to achieve this.

“Direct and quantifiable economic benefit would also be provided by the appellant’s intention to allow the community to acquire shares in the ownership of the proposed development – the appellant having entered into legally binding heads of terms with two local community development trusts. The income from such investment (in the region of £80,000 per annum for each trust) could be used to fund valuable local community facilities to the benefit of the wider community and support up to 11 full-time equivalent jobs, according to the appellant’s predictions – a significant number in the context of a relatively low local population. In accordance with the Scottish Government’s Good Practice Principles for Shared Ownership of Onshore Renewables (2015), this is a matter to which positive weight should be given.”

Kirknewton Community Garden Services

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Kirknewton Community Garden Services is a new project run by Kirknewton Community Development Trust through funding from the Scottish Government and Development Trust of Scotland.

To ask for a quote contact or call 01506 883988

The aims of the project are:
 To provide a range of gardening and factor services for the people of Kirknewton.
 Work with local volunteer groups to enhance areas around the village.
 Provide additional volunteer and training opportunities.
 To reinvest profits made back into the project and community.

The gardening project will offer a range of services for a competitive price that will be reinvested back into the community including:

 Grass and hedge cutting
 Small tree, bush and shrub removal
 Weeding and general tidy up
 Small landscaping work
 Fencing
 Small painting jobs
 Edible gardening
 Composting and recycling
 Garden design
 Advice and consultancy
 Snow/path clearing

The project will also support landscaping areas such as the Charles Jencks art project, the Camps Junction elderly housing project, the community woodland and a project to enhance the area near the Meadowbank bus stop.  We are also aware the Trust has been approached by community groups wishing to change or find a local factor, contribute financially or volunteer help in other areas/woodlands around the village or simply have an option for their garden and this project hopes to help with that.

To ask for a quote contact or call 01506 883988

As this is a community project all the profits will be reinvested in expanding
the project and to provide training opportunities for local people.

We realise some people have difficulty maintaining their garden and we are here to help.  The key element in this project is making Kirknewton an attractive and appealing
village to those who live and pass through here as you identified in the Kirknewton Community Development Plan. This project will allow the people to see visible everyday examples of the progress that KCDT is making in enhancing Kirknewton and support the work identified and done by volunteer groups.

Getting the community involved is another critical part of this project. Along
with undertaking project out in the community we will also be running various
workshops such as:
 Composting and soil management
 Seed swap
 Wild food foraging
 Organic gardening

We will also run an open day to help introduce us to the local community, to
show examples of the work we undertake, and to recruit new customers and

A direct contact to Greg will be available soon but if you wish a quote contact or call 01506 883988

New Community Gardener Greg Young

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Greg Young is starting today as the new Kirknewton Community Gardener. The role is funded by the Scottish Government and Development Trust of Scotland.  We will let you know what services Greg can provide, with the funds from work he does going back into community projects.  He will also support some of the work of community groups locally.
Greg has worked in a variety of gardening, groundskeeping and Social enterprise roles since graduation (BA in Photography and PGDip in Organic Farming) and one of his hobbies is to take people out for foraging walks for free wild food. During this time he has also had to opportunity to work with a wide range of tools, from everyday gardening tools, to small diggers and power tools.
During his time as a Groundskeeper and Manager with Growing Gardeners he had to opportunity to plan and implement larger projects that are still being used today. At Belmont with help from volunteers from the local primary School he designed and planted a fruit orchard.
While working at Belmont he also worked on creating a woodland nature trail between all the veteran trees on the site. These were all trees that were imported such as Sequoia or Japanese Larch which had grew to an extraordinary size but were also havens for a wild variety of wildlife including Red Squirrels and Sea Eagles. For this he cleared brash and logs to create paths, built two viewing platforms and designed a map for people to use on the trail.
While working for Growing Gardeners he had the opportunity to teach gardening and life skills to participants through a number of projects. One of the main elements of this job was to replace Midlothian Council’s gardening service for elderly and disabled people by teaching gardening skills to young people who have left School without many qualifications. One of the projects he worked on during his time there I was working with local care home in Mayfield where he created an edible growing area that included a green house along with raised beds that were all wheelchair accessible. This is still in regular use today and has provided recreation and healthier food for the residents of the home.
He has always had a strong interest in the environment and gardening and is confident and enjoys sharing this knowledge with others. He is an honest and hard working person who is easy to get along with and enjoy working with others. He has a full current driving license, with a good knowledge of the area around Kirknewton.
He strongly believes that projects like ours are essential to the health of our nation and allows people and projects to connect in order to make local communities more sustainable, and this is why he would like to work for KDCT, as he believes that he could contribute in a positive way to this project.