Walkerburn Community Development Trust
Walkerburn is a small community on the A72 half way between Peebles and Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. It sits on the banks of the River Tweed and is surrounded by the Tweed Valley Forest Park and is an area known around the world for Salmon Fishing, Hill Walking and Mountain Biking.
The Trust was set up in 2005 during the final year of a 3 year period as a European Transitional Regeneration Area. The aims of the Trust are to continue and develop the regeneration work started over the previous two years through various projects. For 2 years up until March 2011 the trust had a development officer funded as part of the Powerdown project looking at ways of reducing the carbon footprint of the village, working with both individuals and groups within the Community. The Trust has considered purchasing and redeveloping the Church of Scotland building which was closed at the end of May 2009, however the cost of any scheme and the effect it might have on any future need for funding for other projects resulted in a decision, taken in April 2010, not to proceed. In conjunction with the local Council for Voluntary Services (The Bridge), a Community Action Plan was developed in 2010 to take Walkerburn forward in a direction decided by the whole community. The overall aim of the Trust is to serve the community by helping to make Walkerburn a great place to work rest and play.
The Trust is a recognised Scottish Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. There are currently 5 members of the community serving on the Board of Directors and membership is open to anyone over the age of 18, living within the EH43 postcode and registered on the Electoral Roll for the area.
The aims of the trust: