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About

A Growing Community

The Peninsula is now divided into several ownerships. As well as the Knoydart Estate, land is owned by The John Muir Trust, The Kilchoan Estate, Camusrory Estate, Inverguserain Farm and the Rubha Ruadh Estate and numerous smaller estates. The only indigenous people in Knoydart are the fourteen children born here but the busy working community is strong, diverse and very committed to the area. The population including children is on the increase. The community has become very resilient. Residents are determined to halt the decline and instability that has been the cause of so many people having to leave.

The management of the Knoydart Estate is now overseen by the Knoydart Foundation Board. The Board is responsible for lease or rent of all residential and commercial properties, Estate maintenance and restoration, and conservation/heritage management projects. The Board's policies are implemented by the Development Manager and by three related organisations.

These are:

Knoydart Trading Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Knoydart Foundation limited by shares) which has responsibility for trading activities from the letting of certain Foundation properties, including the Bunkhouse, and venison and merchandise sales.

Knoydart Renewables Ltd (a wholly owned subsiduary of Knoydart Foundation limited by shares) which has responsibility for the lease, management and operation of primary (hydro electric) and secondary (diesel generator) supplies and for revenue earning from electricity sales.

Knoydart Land Management Group is a consultative group with wide representation from the Foundation members. This group aims to make recommendations to the Board about the management of the natural resources of Knoydart and to act on behalf of the Foundation as requested.

The Knoydart Forest Trust is a separate and complementary charitable organisation. Company No: SC194055, Charity No: SCO29274. It has a formal management agreement with the Foundation to manage and develop woodland. It is wholly administered by the community and works in partnership with the Foundation and other local landowners to deliver sustainable woodland management and economic development for the benefit of all. The Trust is implementing the second phase of its woodland plan which manages  Inverie woods and other existing woodlands.  It is also expanding and enhancing the outlying native woodland on Knoydart and facilitating natural wildlife corridors across the peninsula.

 

By May 2000 the Foundation and Forest Trust had produced Business Plans for their respective areas of responsibility and the Land Management Group had produced a Natural Heritage Management Plan. (Copies of these are available for reference in the Foundation Display Office in Inverie Village).  Local residents are office bearers in all these organisations.