The following videos showcase some of the fantastic, successfully funded Perth and Kinross LEADER Programme projects
The LEADER Story.
This project involved the conversion of traditional farm buildings in to a mixed-use events venue. The main body of the work changed the internal layout of the buildings and creating new access points and links, toilets and bar area along with internal and external seating areas, external landscaping and paving. The aim was to create a unique events venue which offers those hiring it the opportunity to create a bespoke event.
Coupar Burn Community Biodiversity Project - The purpose of this project was to provide balanced management to enhance the area for nature conservation and biodiversity, provide a new amenity for residents and to help reduce the risk of flooding.The burn has been transformed into a wonderful haven for wildlife and resource for the community rather than looking over grown and becoming a dumping ground. Paths were also created and seating installed along with information panels about wildlife, biodiversity and history. The project also gave young people the opportunity to participate, learn new skills and increase their chances for employment.
Heather Hills Honey - Heather Hills Farm has been producing local honey in Perthshire for over 60 years, this project involves the purchase of 120 packages of bees which will enable additional pollination of the crops belonging to partnering farms. The applicant has also purchased new machinery to make the extraction of honey more efficient.
The Atholl Centre project has built a fully accessible conference room with AV and deaf loop, ensuring equality of access for all. The new conference room offers a combination of beneficial aspects not available anywhere else in Pitlochry enhancing access to community meetings and clubs.
Strathearn Cheese is a small independent business operating out of Cultybraggan in Comrie, producing cheese using local ingredients. The business was at a stage where it could no longer grow due to restrictions caused by the limited washing facilities at the unit. The LEADER grant has enabled the company to purchase a commercial dishwasher, allowing more cheese to be produced and the business to explore further ways to grow.
Highland Fling Bungee - The only permanent bridge bungee jump in the UK attracting 4000 visitors per year. They were awarded £5,000 from LEADER to go towards the addition of a 40 metre rope swing under the Garry Bridge which is open for thrill seekers over the age of 10, the swing is the first of its kind in the UK.
Wee Wild Sparks - An outdoor play and learning services provided by Wild Sparks Outdoor Play, they were awarded £21,909.28 from LEADER. The project is focused around the ethos and values of improving provision for local children and families and addressing early childcare and learning objectives, through a unique and innovative service that promotes values of environmental sustainability and nature connection. The project contributes to community-based support and learning networks to share skills and resources by developing links with local family support services.
Highland Safaris - Highland Safaris received £74,000 from LEADER, the funds were used to purchase a custom-built twelve seater boat allowing visitors to discover and explore the magical stretch of Scottish water, Loch Tay. Loch Tay Safaris provide a unique cruise exploring the history, heritage and folklore of Perthshire’s largest loch.
The Scottish Tea Factory - The Scottish Tea Factory were awarded £25,560.78 in 2017. The funding enabled the project to set up a small-scale tea production facility which offers training to small scale tea growers in Scotland and Europe. The tea factory also runs tea tastings and education courses as well as setting up a Tea Club which is a community project for local people to learn more about tea.
St Fillans Community Trust Ltd - St Fillans Community Trust Ltd were awarded £60,000 for the Loch Earn Railway Path project. This is a community-led project that aims to bring new life to the area’s cultural heritage and increase tourism by developing a path along the dismantled railway track-bed, linking with established tourism routes. By extending the local path network and linking into amenities, the functionality of the path network will be increased- encouraging more people to use it.
Strathearn Cider Company - The Strathearn Cider Company was awarded £32,500 from Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER Programme in April 2017. Based in Methven, Perthshire, the project was funded to manufacture high quality cider making use of the many tonnes of apples grown locally which are weren’t previously all used.
Cateran’s Common Wealth – awarded £41,761. To run a project with 3 separate elements; The Story Box, the Cateran Trail in 100 objects, and aerial photography or the trails archaeology.
Crieff Food Company – Based in Crieff, was awarded £30,000. LEADER contribution went towards the refrigeration equipment for the kitchen – project’s ethos is all about local producers.
Loch Leven Brewery - Based in Kinross, was awarded £30,000 to convert disused public conveniences into a microbrewery.
The Workshop Aberfeldy – based in highland Perthshire, awarded £31,531. The project promotes equality of opportunity for individuals facing additional barriers to employment and supports young people in Highland Perthshire into employment by offering training opportunities and business experience in a manufacturing business.
Enterprising Rural Perthshire – Based in eastern Perthshire but working with businesses across all of rural Perthshire, awarded £320,419 – providing support and advice to small businesses and social enterprises.
The Madoch Centre – awarded £137,000 – to go towards the development of a state of the art community hub.