Marion to lead rural regeneration plans

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Rural regeneration is the aim of the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Landscape Partnership and to achieve this, a new development officer has been recruited.

Marion McDonald recently took up the new and challenging role , which aims to use the distinct heritage of this corner of the Cairngorms National Park to promote regeneration through celebrating that heritage, enhancing the landscape and promoting skills and development opportunities in the long term.

I am delighted to be working on the Landscape Partnership project.

Marion McDonald

Marion said: “I am delighted to be working on the Landscape Partnership project. I started my working life in the Cairngorms at Loch Garten some 20 years ago so it’s great to be back. I have a wealth of experience in environmental and community projects and have worked a lot with volunteers and community groups and I appreciate the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead for everyone who is involved.”

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), on behalf of partners working with the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust (TGDT), has received earmarked funding of over £2.5million including a development grant of £171,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Landscape Partnership programme. This funding, alongside £50,000 from the CNPA, £40,000 from the Crown Estate, £50,000 from Highland and Islands Enterprise, coupled with voluntary input from the local community and other organisations, means that during the development phase detailed proposals can be worked up for a wide range of projects that could eventually see a total investment of £3.6m.

Marion’s job is to lead on the development phase working up those detailed plans for a range of projects such as improvements to the museum and visitor centre in Tomintoul; oral history gathering; improved paths and increasing wetland habitat for wading birds. Many of these projects will provide training opportunities.

CNPA board memer Eleanor Mackintosh, said: “Tomintoul and Glenlivet has a distinct heritage with many colourful stories from the past, the project will use this rich heritage to promote rural regeneration and encourage more visitors to experience this distinctive and vibrant part of the National Park.