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Galson Estate on Lewis is celebrating ten years of community ownership.


Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn took over the land between Barvas and Ness in January 2007.


A programme of events for the community will run throughout the year to mark the milestone including a new £10,000 grant scheme for local social and development projects.


Agnes Rennie, chair of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, said: “It gives me great pleasure to kick-start this year of celebration and invite our community to join with the directors and staff in the various planned events.


“It’s a time for reflecting on all that has been achieved and also to look forward to what we hope the future will bring.


“After ten years, we are uniquely placed to shape the kind of community we aspire to see in the future, with a new and expanding investment fund, a refreshed vision and a cohesive strategic plan.


One key development was a £5 million project to installation of three wind turbines at Ballantrushal which profits are distributed into the community.


A strategic 20-year plan has been launched to outline overarching priorities for the estate.



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