Our community grants in action

We launched our community sustainable travel grant in 2021.

As an expansion of our existing scheme, we launched the grant so that community groups, charities and social enterprises would find it easier to apply for funding to support sustainable travel projects.

From improving local paths, installing cycling facilities or buying cargo bikes, the fund makes it easier for community groups looking to encourage active and sustainable travel.

Here are some of the projects we’ve supported over the past few months:

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Strichen Cycle Repair Stands

Many of you who cycle along the Formartine & Buchan Way will know and love the Lodge Café at Strichen Community Park. A haven for a cyclist in need of rest, relief, or refreshment along the popular route.

Recognising their growing popularity with cyclists, the community park group reached out to Nestrans to help fund a new cycle repair stand.

The repair stand is a welcome addition to any rider who finds themselves with a puncture or in need of a minor repair…

…as if you needed another reason to stop for a coffee and fine piece.

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E-Bikes in Huntly

Operating since 2009, the Huntly Development Trust exists to enhance Huntly and its surrounding district though a range of work. From celebrating heritage and culture, promoting sport and wellbeing to eco energy projects, and town centre regeneration.

In 2020 Nestrans were pleased to support the trust, alongside funding from Energy Saving Trust to buy four electric bikes for their existing e-bike hire project at their Travel Hub.

Due to the continued success of the project, with the fleet often fully booked for trials, they reached out again in 2021 as part of their funding mix to expand the number of bikes again. The Travel Hub reports that many people trialling an e-bike go on to buy their own.

The Huntly Travel Hub is continuing to grow, with new premises on Deveron Street from which they will run the e-bike hires.

Read more about the work of the Huntly Development Trust

Restoring a beloved path

The photos from this project say it all. In September 2021, Nestrans received and approved an application from the Lumphanan Paths Group. The group strive to restore local rights of way and other recognised routes to reconnect Lumphanan with neighbouring villages and The Deeside Way.

Their application asked for funding to help with clearing and draining ‘The Comply’, a local right of way from Lumphanan Old School to Milton of Auchenhove.

As well as clearing overgrown vegetation, drainage was a key issue affecting this heritage path. The Nestrans grant was to support the hire of a digger and operator to clear blocked ditches.

Work began in January this year and, after tracing the problem to a broken pipe, the path is now drying out thanks to repair and rerouting.

A number of other community grants supported the work on the Comply project, including ScotWays, Tesco Community Grants, and AVA as well as locally raised funds.

Working together since 2018, this project is one of many that the Lumphanan Paths Group now have under their belt. You can read more about The Comply and other projects, as well as the work of the group at their website.


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