Since the start of 2018, Morvern Community Woodlands have been investigating if community ownership of Killundine Estate is feasible. We will be organising two information-gathering meetings in the near future, in Lochaline Village Hall on Monday 11th November 7:30pm and in Drimnin Village Hall on Tuesday 12th November 7:30pm. These meetings will be run by the consultants looking at the feasibility of community purchase of Killundine, Duncan MacPherson, Calum MacLeod and Gordon Gray Stephens, and we’d like to invite members of the community to contribute. A short version of the combined presentations from Duncan, Calum and Gordon is available for download.
Calum MacLeod will be co-ordinating the gathering of views. Please contact him at: email@example.com
We’d particularly like to consider ideas about how to create opportunities for the community, restore the buildings, manage the woodlands and protect the natural environment.
The beautiful Killundine Estate covers 2,500 hectares (6,000 acres) in the heart of Morvern. The land runs from the shores of the Sound of Mull to over 550 metres (1800 feet) at the summit of Sithean na Raplaich, looking down onto the Barr River and Loch Teacuis.
MCW registered an interest in the land under Community Right to Buy legislation, which means that if the estate is put on the market within the next 5 years it must be offered to the community first. If this happens there will be a period of time (currently 8 months) in which to make a decision about whether it would be in the community’s interest to try to buy the property. Until that is decided, the land cannot be sold privately.
Since late 2018 we have been working with Highlands and Islands Enterprise to establish the financial viability of Killundine Estate with a view to entering a negotiated sale with the current owners of the estate. In July 2019, Duncan MacPherson of Campbell Stewart MacLennan completed a study into the financial viability of community ownership of Killundine. This showed that community ownership of Killundine is a viable prospect and, following on from this, the Scottish Land Fund have now approved funding for further work to look in more detail at the aspirations of the community and the details of how the estate can be managed for wider community benefit. Part of this process will involve talking to local people to get ideas, investigate needs and opportunities and see if there is interest from people in being involved.
The decision to investigate the potential for community ownership of Killundine was led by Morvern Community Woodlands because no other community bodies in Morvern were in a position to undertake this. Although we are a community woodland group, our main aim is to manage the land in whatever way is best for the community and the environment and we will be looking at all ideas about how to do this. Our aim is not to expand woodland all over the peninsula and we will investigate ways to maintain traditional integration of woodland, farming and other land-uses. We are also looking at reforming our structures to make Morvern Community Woodlands more open and accountable. Morvern Community Woodlands is a community-led organisation whose elected directors are members of the local community. Please come to our meetings, talk to any of our directors or drop us an email at: