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Last updated on 07 December 2021

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.

Walkerburn Community Development 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 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 allotments between Galashiels Road and Tweedholm Avenue were developed by the Trust and are leased to Walkerburn Allotment Association who manage the allotment site.  The remainder of the area has fruit trees and bushes on it and paths have been installed to make the area more accessible. 

In 2015, the possibility of purchasing land on Caberston Avenue for the installation of photovoltaic panels to generate electricity for the village was investigated with a feasibility study funded by Local Energy Scotland.  Unfortunately the cost of connection to the grid made the project economically unfeasible, although the concept was a good one, and might have generated a future income for the Trust and the village.

Since the end of maintenance of the flowerbeds in the village by the local council, this has been taken on by a small group of  residents who are supported by the Trust.  Although it has been difficult in the current climate to maintain the beds as carefully as might be wished, the use of wildflower seeds in the beds in 2020 and 2021 has greatly brightened the journey through the village with a very colouful display.  Funding has been received from the ASDA Foundation to allow seeds, plants and compost to be bought to make the display better for 2022.

During the early coronavirus epidemic, the provision of meals was overeseen by one of the Trustees along with a large group of volunteers cooking and delivering nutritious meals (Food HUGS) to those in financial need, or who had to isolate due to health issues.  Despite the resignation of the Trustee, theis important project is supported by the Trust as it has developed into a fortnightly lunch club in the Public Hall followed by craft activities.

The Trust is a recognised Scottish Charity in the form of a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). There are currently 6 members of the community serving on the Board of Trustees and membership is open to anyone over the age of 16, living within the EH43 postcode or owning property in the postcode area.

An application form to join the trust is available by clicking here.         
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The support of the work of the Trust by members is vital to its success.

The Trust has funding in place for an art project in the old mill site using photos taken inthe 1920s. Some of these images, many of which have never been published, are being worked on to add colour to the black and white images.  The project has been delayed due to illness of the person working on this, but it is hoped to see the project commpleted in Spring 2022.
You can donate to the work of the Trust.  You can choose to donate to the Trust's general fund or give to the BURN Flowerbed group which maintains the flowerbeds near the 'Wee man' or to the Food HUGS project which helps those who are in financial or other difficulty during the COVID crisis.
Please be aware that donations are via Paypal who charge a fee of 1.4% of the donation plus 20p.

The objectives of the trust are:
  • The advancement of community development, including the advancement of rural regeneration;
  • To manage community land and associated assets for the benefit of the Community and the public in general as an important part of the protection and sustainable development of Scotland’s natural environment, where ‘sustainable development’ means development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.
  • To provide in the interests of social welfare, facilities within the Walkerburn community, for recreation and other leisure time occupation available to the public at large.
  • To advance education and in particular to promote opportunities for learning for the benefit of the general public.
  • To help young people, particularly those resident in Walkerburn community, to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities, such that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and as members of society.
  • To promote, establish, operate and/or support other schemes and projects of a charitable nature for the benefit of the community within Walkerburn.

    The above is an extract from the constitution of the Trust