Carbeth hutters to mark first anniversary

Carbeth Hutters Community Company will mark its first birthday with a series of events this summer to celebrate its ongoing success.

The group of 140 hutters, who bought the 98 acre site near Strathblane in a community buy out last March from owner Allan Barns-Graham for £1.75million, will mark the first year as owners of the land at their AGM on March 30.

Morven Gregor, chairperson of the hutter’s company said: “We are holding our AGM in the Blanefield Hall on March 30 and will be unveiling a progamme of events such as a new John Muir trail.

“There will not be a specific event to mark signing on the dotted line, but we will be discussing how our first year has gone and making plans for the future.”

The Carbeth hutters were given three years in 2010 to find the money to buy the land following a 15 year dispute with the landowner Mr Barns-Graham.

However, following a thaw in relations negotiations got underway.

And the ongoing work has resulted in a community award from Glasgow-based film-making collective Camcorder Guerillas.

Gerry Loose, CHCC secretary, said: “They gave us the award for our commitment to our belief in social justice and we were delighted with it. It is nice to be recognised for all the hard work to get to where we are now.”

Crucial to sealing the deal was a £1.5million loan from Triodos Bank, a Dutch-based sustainable bank. with the hutters raising the rest.