Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust (ACT) is a community-led organisation which works to sustainably maintain, enhance and promote the coast and countryside of Argyll and the Isles.
The Trust was launched in 2014 after an earlier feasibility study showed an overwhelming level of support for such an organisation. Of the 350 community groups and individuals consulted, 89% of respondents were in full support of creating ACT.
ACT’s main role is as a facilitator, working in partnership with communities, public agencies, and private organisations to design and implement projects that make a difference to local people and landscapes.
Projects cover a diverse range of topics, including conservation, tourism, and health and wellbeing – all designed to work towards ACT’s vision of “a coastal and countryside environment that is valued and enjoyed by everyone, now and forevermore”.
ACT’s main objectives are:
- To care for and enhance the local environment – working strategically and locally.
- To encourage people to enjoy and benefit from the local environment.
- To encourage investment that will improve the local environment.
- To share ideas and work in partnership with groups and individuals with an interest in the local environment.
- To increase opportunities for local people such as employment, training, and volunteering.
ACT already has a number of impressive achievements to its name, and has engaged with over 600 people from over 60 community groups through a range of projects and outdoor activities.
So far, over £1.5m of external funding has been secured for ACT’s projects, with a further £800,000 secured to protect peatlands on Islay with the four-year CANN project.
At the time of writing, ACT;s network numbered over 200 members, including individuals, schools, community groups and businesses.
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