A community owned and managed Estate.
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The Knoydart Foundation was set up in 1997 to buy and subsequently manage the peninsula on behalf of the community and our thousands of visitors. After many months of hard work and fundraising, in 1999 the buyout of the old Knoydart Estate was successful. The community gained control of 17,500 acres, residential properties, a hydro electric scheme and many old buildings. All these assets were in very poor condition and it has taken many years of hard work to bring them back into working condition. The local community own and manage the Foundation through a board comprising 5 members elected by the community, along with representatives of Highland Council, the Chris Brasher Trust and John Muir Trust.
Since 1999, the Foundation has improved housing, established a Ranger service, leased land and buildings for local enterprise, improved water and sewage services and much more. It has two wholly owned trading subsidiaries, Knoydart Renewables which provides clean, green power through its own hydro electric scheme (no grid connection on Knoydart), and Knoydart Trading which manages the bunkhouse, undertakes venison processing and merchandise sales. Both trading subsidiaries are managed by volunteers.
The Foundation and its trading subsidiaries are self supporting and between them bring over £300k into the local economy, support local businesses and provide employment for over 15 people. It has recently set up an independent community interest company to undertake maintenance work on its properties.
The Foundation works closely with Knoydart Forest Trust, a community led company with charitable status, who manage the community’s woodlands as well as those owned by private landowners to bring environmental, economic and social benefits to the community and wider public.
Want to support us?
Join our Friends of Knoydart scheme! Established in 2002 and managed by two local volunteers, Friends pay an annual subscription and receive a welcome certificate and newsletters. Friends of Knoydart generate over £6,000 a year towards the work of the Foundation which is hugely appreciated.
For more information about the Foundation and its activities, visit www.knoydart-foundation.com
The Knoydart Foundation is a charity registered in Scotland SC026246 and a company limited by guarantee.