feel free to email us gifford.woodseh41@gmail.com and/or fill in the pledge form on the right - this is a community-led project, your input is important

Friday, 10 March 2017

We do now need your donation.

We are delighted to announce that following our successful application to the Scottish Land Fund (SLF), and then a period of negotiation, we have now had our offer accepted by the current owner at the independent valuation price.

This means that in order to complete the purchase we now need to collect the previous pledges made and any additional donations people would like to give. This money will help to make up the short-fall between the SLF grant and the final agreed purchase price - as the SLF will only support up to a maximum of 95% of the total purchase price.
To make a donation there are two options:
  1. To donate online, please visit our MyDonate web page by clicking here. Please then follow the instructions, filling in your details and then pay by debit or credit card. (Please note, you cannot register for Gift Aid online just now, but we'll contact you to do so in due course).
  2. If you would prefer to donate by cash or cheque, please make cheques payable to Gifford Community Land Company Limited, and post or deliver it to: C/O John Wrinn, Highwood, Tweeddale Avenue, Gifford, East Lothian EH41 4QN.
Please give what you can...
There is still a slight shortfall between money pledged so far and the total required, so if you would like to increase your pledge or make a new donation we would be delighted. This is of course only the start of our journey, and the start of our regular fundraising activities. If we are fortunate enough to raise more money than is needed for the purchase, your donation will go towards on-going costs such as the insurance that we will legally require.

Please don't forget GiftAid!
If you are a UK taxpayer, then we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. Whilst we are still awaiting our full registration from HMRC, if you provide your contact details along with your donation we will contact you again to ask if you are eligible for Gift Aid and what the next steps are.
Thank you again for your support.
John Wrinn (Chair) and the Management Committee of Gifford Community Land Company

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

We're Hiring!

Following the successful Scottish Land Fund (SLF) grant application, we are pleased to announce that we are now looking to engage an enthusiastic and proactive self-employed Project Manager on an initial 12-month fixed-term contract.

If you would be interested in applying, please click here to download a PDF of the Job Description, which includes details of how to apply.

Good luck - and we look forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

New Articles of Association

Our new Articles of Association were unanimously approved at the EGM on 21/12/2016 - they can be read in full here

The next management meeting will be held on January 12th - if anybody would like to get involved, please let us know (either email us gifford.woodseh41@gmail.com or contact one of the team directly).



Friday, 23 December 2016

More Press Coverage

Following the previous Edinburgh Evening News piece (see link below), another interview with Chairman John Wrinn is featured in this week's East Lothian Courier, and is available at the link below - including a nice picture of some members of the local community.

>£290,000 cash boost for bid for community to buy woods near Gifford

Friday, 16 December 2016

Press Coverage

There's a nice piece about our grant award in today's Edinburgh Evening News, including a brief interview with our Chairman John Wrinn

> East Lothian group wins £300k grant for woodland purchase

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Revised Articles of Association

Our EGM on the 21st (19:30, village hall) will be to discuss and formally agree changes to our Articles of Association. These are as required to achieve charitable status following guidance from OSCR.

The new Articles will be circulated to our full email list shortly - they can be accessed and read here.

For those who would like to compare the new and the old, the old articles can be accessed here.

Any comments can be emailed to us in advance of the EGM, otherwise we look forward to answering any questions on the night.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Great News!

We are delighted to announce that the Scottish Land Fund has agreed to conditionally grant the Gifford Community Land Company £291,520 to support our attempted purchase of (and the ongoing upkeep of) Speedy & Fawn woods. This grant award is conditional on successful price negotiation with the vendor and our ability to raise the additional funds we will require.

We have already received significant pledges of financial support from within the community and have had a number of successful fund-raising events.  We have now applied for charitable status and will only be asking people to honour their pledges once this is in place and we have completed our negotiations.

Clearly the Scottish Land Fund grant award is a huge step forwards for us. We are optimistic that negotiations will be completed - and the additional funds required raised - before the end of March. To ensure we will be able to hit the ground running if the purchase is completed, we have already started the process of recruiting a Woodlands Project Manager (as proposed in our feasibility study).

We are a community led project and are open to any offers of support or assistance (be that financial support, people volunteering their time/expertise or able to help recruit the Project Manager). All are welcome to join us for our next public meeting (our EGM at Gifford Village Hall on 21/12 at 19:30) where any questions can be asked and (hopefully!) answered.

For those not able to attend the EGM, we can be contacted by email directly at gifford.woodseh41@gmail.com - or alternatively feel free to contact any of the management team directly (Meet the Team)