Tarland Development Group

The Tarland Development Group (TDG) acquired charitable status in 2010 and became a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) in 2014 (Registered Charity SC041598).

Aim of TDG:

The organisation’s purpose is the advancement of community development and in particular, promotion of the arts, culture, heritage, environmental enhancement and protection, and the provision of recreational activities: all within the Parish of Tarland and the Howe of Cromar in the Marr area of Aberdeenshire.

How TDG operates:

TDG has developed close working links with Cromar Community Council, The MacRobert Trust, Tarland Welfare Trust and Cairngorm Outdoor Access Trust, who have assisted in the planning, funding and maintenance of projects.

Membership of TDG is open to anyone from the local area who shares the aims of the group, as set out in section 4 of the constitution, and who wishes to volunteer their time and expertise to support the work of the group. The group consists of members and up to 12 Trustees. The work of the group is project based, and members/trustees take on responsibility for supporting those projects which interest them. Funding for projects is sought from relevant funding bodies and agencies.

Trustees meetings are held every 6 weeks to review progress and develop action plans for new projects. Other members and interested parties may attend these meetings by invitation.

If you wish to become a member of Tarland Development Group (TDG), please download an application form.

Some if the projects we have successfully set up include:

  • improving the entrance to the village from the AboyneWalks board image direction by planting a Millenium avenue of beech trees;
  • erecting a visitor information board featuring local attractions and information about walking routes in the area;
  • developing and maintaining a network of way-markedNotice board paths leading out of the village into the surrounding countryside, and publishing walking guides for them;
  • developing Viewfield wetlands as a nature reserve;
  • erecting a pedestrian bridge downstream from the narrow road bridge at the southern entrance to the village;The Tarland Way
  • setting up a Tarland website in co-operation with Cromar Community Council;
  • establishing a twice-yearly local market;
  • establishing and running a community composting scheme;
  • setting up a youth cinema;
  • producing a Tarland calendar and Christmas cards.
  • establishing an assault course with zip-wire for young people in the village;
  • erection of a squirrel bridge in the village across the main road from Alastrean woods;
  • helping to create “The Tarland Way“, a Tarland to Aboyne cycle route;
  • creating a Community Garden for the village.
  • creating a Community Apiary and “Bee Group”.Tarland Bee Group
  • Tarland Trails – all ability mountain bike trails in Drummy Woods.

Projects currently being proposed or in development include:

  • An Archaeology booklet for Cromar
  • A Tarland Tapestry

Current Committee:

  • Chairperson: Kate Redpath
  • Secretary: Kathy Dale
  • Treasurer: Dave Hirst
  • Vice Chairperson: Lizzy Shepherd
  • Trustee: Lindsay Stewart
  • Trustee: Yvonne Davidson
  • Trustee: Simon Power
  • Trustee: Annie McKee
  • Trustee: Chris Redmond
  • Trustee: Denise Hansford

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