Big launch for Clyde in the Classroom 2017
20 January 2017
An educational initiative for schools across the west of Scotland has welcomed its 25,000th pupil to date as the project is launched this month.
The 17th season of the project was launched in partnership with Glasgow Science Centre between Wednesday 11th and Friday 13rd January. 46 classes across 41 Primary Schools across the River Clyde catchment are participating - a total of 1265 children, ranging from P3 to P7.
Clyde in the Classroom is a hands-on project run by Clyde River Foundation, that uses a native Scottish species, the brown trout, to inspire children to engage with nature and protect their local environment. The project runs January-March and ends when the children set their fish free.
Clyde in the Classroom started in 2000 with five schools in Glasgow. It is now the Clyde River Foundation’s longest running and largest education project. The project links very well with the Curriculum for Excellence and it enables teachers to deliver many learning outcomes from science and maths to arts and drama.
The project is crowd-funded by the participating schools plus a range of supporters including The Crown Estate Scotland Portfolio (main sponsor), the John Mather Charitable Trust, the WA Cargill Fund and the Cruden Foundation.
Work to begin on Glenlivet Luxury wigwams
22 November 2016
A welcome addition to Tomintoul’s tourism offer has received a ‘green light’, with work set to kick-off this month on the construction of new holiday accommodation on the Glenlivet Estate.
Twenty four en-suite wooden wigwam cabins will be built on Crown Estate land, south east of the existing Glenlivet Estate Office and Visitor Centre. The luxury cabins will be delivered in two phases, with the first 12 expected to open in spring 2017 and the remaining 12 in spring 2018.
The new holiday accommodation is being built by Wigwam Holidays, with the support of The Crown Estate’s Scotland Portfolio and the Glenlivet & Tomintoul Development Trust.
Heritage Lottery Boost for Tomintoul & Glenlivet
06 October 2016
It is an area famous for whisky production but its champagne corks that are popping in Tomintoul and Glenlivet today (Thursday 6th October) as the Heritage Lottery Fund announces a grant award of £2.34million to support regeneration projects in this special area of the Cairngorms National Park.
The Tomintoul and Glenlivet Landscape Partnership (TGLP) has a wealth of exciting initiatives in the pipeline which can now go ahead supported by this major financial contribution from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The funding bid was led by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) with partners including the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Development Trust (TGDT), The Crown Estate, Moray Council, Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Spey Catchment Initiative, Historic Environment Scotland and the Cairngorms Learning Partnership.
Having secured Development funding of £171,600 back in May 2014 – along with £50,000 from the CNPA, £40,000 from the Crown Estate, £50,000 from HIE and significant voluntary input from the local community and other organisations – 18 months of work was carried out to develop detailed proposals for a wide range of projects that could come to fruition if the Stage Two bid was successful – which it has been!
Glenlivet Estate Welcomes Conservation Volunteers
20 September 2016
A group of six trainees have put their best foot forward by carrying out conservation work on the Glenlivet Estate.
The participants are currently on a six-month Environmental Conservation training course run by the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust as part of The Mountains and The People project.
During their fortnight on the Estate, the trainees were involved in a range of conservation activities, including clearing out overgrown ponds, maintaining the Estate’s nature trails, building owl boxes, benches and other general conservation work.
Crown Estate appoints Andy Wells new Head of Property in Scotland
09 August 2016
The Crown Estate’s Scotland Portfolio has appointed Andy Wells, who is currently Head of Countryside, to the position of Head of Property.
Starting immediately, Andy will be responsible for the organisation’s rural and coastal portfolio which includes 37,000 hectares of rural land with forestry, farming, commercial & residential tenants as well as around half of Scotland’s coastline with ports, harbours and 5,800 installed moorings.
He replaces Alan Laidlaw, who is now Chief Executive of the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland.
Research set to chart the impact of sailing tourism
12 July 2016
The future prospects for sailing tourism in Scotland will be the focus of a research project taking place over the next few months, funded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise, The Crown Estate and Scottish Canals.
The project, called ‘Building our Capabilities’, is being undertaken by EKOS Ltd and will provide an update on the current economic contribution sailing makes to the Scottish economy and identify potential for growth across the industry.
Rock&Road Festival returns to Glenlivet Estate
07 June 2016
The popular Rock&Road Festival is returning to the Glenlivet Estate this week.
Running on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June, the festival brings together the best of both road cycling and mountain biking in one event, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Glenlivet Estate.
Organised in association with the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust, the two-day programme offers a range of events which are suitable for both novice and expert cyclists alike.
Green light for construction of £2.6bn Beatrice offshore wind farm
23 May 2016
The £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project has been given the green light for construction by owners SSE (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) (35%) and SDIC Power (25%) after the project reached Financial Close. The project will be one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure.
Ronnie Quinn, General Manager of The Crown Estate’s Scotland Portfolio said: “It’s incredibly exciting to see this project given the final go ahead. Any offshore wind farm of this scale is a very complex development - putting the finance and final lease in place for Beatrice is a huge achievement that will result in investment and jobs at a local, regional and national level. We look forward to continuing to support the team.”
World’s largest floating wind farm moves to next stage
16 May 2016
A floating wind farm to be located off Scotland’s east coast at Buchan Deep, some 25 kilometres from Peterhead, is one step closer to becoming reality following The Crown Estate granting a lease to Statoil that will enable construction to commence.
The project - set to be the world’s largest floating wind farm - consists of five 6MW turbines which will be deployed in deeper water than any previous offshore wind turbines around the coast of the UK.
The Crown Estate manages leasing of the seabed. The business’s team uses in-depth knowledge of the offshore renewables sector - covering planning and consenting, finance & commercial, environmental and legal issues - to actively manage the seabed to ensure it is sustainably developed and enjoyed to deliver best value over the long-term.
Scotland’s maritime archaeology reveals shipwrecks, flying boats and cannonballs
29 April 2016
Maritime archaeologists working with residents of Scotland’s west coast have completed a three-year project revealing previously unknown archaeological finds.
The project, called SAMPHIRE and funded by The Crown Estate, worked by ‘crowd-sourcing’ information about possible archaeological sites in the marine environment. The most promising locations were visited by teams of volunteer and professional archaeological divers to verify the information received.
Over 100 new sites have been recorded, including over 40 shipwrecks as well as flying boats, stone anchors and coastal wreck sites from Cape Wrath to the Solway Firth.