Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust (ACT)

In 2012 a feasibility study took place involving 135 organisations and individuals which showed an overwhelming (89%) support in favour of establishing a Coast and Countryside Trust in Argyll. That’s the reason we were awarded Scottish charity status. And the reason we were established – to give the people of Argyll something they asked for.

Our objectives:

  • We will maintain, manage, promote and enhance our biodiversity and historic environment.
  • We will encourage, facilitate and promote responsible access to our coast and countryside for our enjoyment and to contribute towards our overall health and well-being
  • Maximise external funding opportunities for the benefit of the natural, historic and social environment.
  • Encourage participation and partnership working of existing groups and sharing of best practice with local communities and partners on all matters relating to access, biodiversity, marine and coastal, health and wellbeing and the built environment
  • Create demonstrable social benefits such as opportunities for employment, training, volunteering and improving health and wellbeing.
  • Deliver a co-ordinated advisory service and education for the benefit of all existing community trusts and other organisations with an interest in the environment.

There are four bodies behind us – Forestry Commission Scotland, Argyll and Bute Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and NHS Highland, who all share the same vision – to sustainably maintain, enhance and promote the coast and countryside of Argyll and the Isles for the benefit of communities, local businesses and visitors. We take direction from these bodies to ensure we’re acting on issues and concerns that affect all areas of the environment and benefit all members of the community.