Dougie Menzies, Chair of Ardentinny Renewables Trust (ART), kindly provided us with this latest update on Trust news.
In agreement with Charity regulator OSCR, the AGM has been postponed until it is safe to hold one.
Current funds stand at just over £4,500 with projected income of over £8000 in the coming year from the three hydro schemes in operation. This projection is based on last year’s figures. There is a fourth scheme still in the pipeline.
Along with the funded grant applications, as outlined in the Trust’s Mid 2020 Newsletter, the stone wall opposite the phone box has been repaired at a cost of £154 and, in addition to the initial grant of £632.91, Neil Robinson received a further £1,100 for bees and equipment. The intended community benefit of the latter being pollination and educational to Strone school, once restrictions are lifted.
The Trust has also designed plaques to be affixed to projects, where possible, to indicate its involvement and there is a pending application for a bus shelter which is at an early stage and requires to go through the planning process.
Any Ardentinny resident or group who are members of ART may apply for funding. Membership is free. Application forms can be downloaded below.
Ardentinny is very lucky to have the renewables scheme and ART but I think the bees should be in a public place. Coronation Wood or walled garden for example. That way the public could learn more about bee keeping and the sale of honey could go back to the community through the trust funds.