The Mull of Galloway has picked up a Community Project award for its community buyout.
The award, sponsored by Magnox of Chapelcross, was presented to the trust at the annual Dumfries and Galloway Life People of the Year 2013 held on the 29th November in Dumfries.
The trust, who in July of this year purchased the 30-acre site at the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse on behalf of the Kirkmaiden Community, were nominated for the prestigious award in recognition of their hard work not only in their successful application for funding, but also for the work undertaken since the purchase which has seen a figure of 84% occupancy rate for the period July to October.
This is not the first time that the Mull of Galloway has received an accolade from the Dumfries and Galloway Life People of the Year awards as back in 2010, the Mull of Galloway Experience, run by the South Rhins Community Development Trust were awarded the Tourism Champion award and since then the project has each year been shortlisted for the award.
This year was no exception as the project was once again shortlisted for the award, which was won by Laggan Outdoor Adventure Centre, Gatehouse of Fleet.
Chair of the Mull of Galloway Trust Maureen Chand said after the event: “This award is the icing on the cake for the Trust. We have worked hard over the past two years to ensure that the community buyout took place and since the purchase we have been working hard to improve the cottages. Currently we have applied for planning permission to carry out a number of improvements at the cottages, including the fitting of multi-fuel stoves in the Grade A listed lighthouse cottages, to add to the ambience of what is a unique visitor experience.
“Anything that brings visitors to this lovely area has to be a bonus for everyone. We are delighted to receive this award and would like to thank Dumfries and Galloway Life magazine for organising the event but above all the community of Kirkmaiden who showed their support for the purchase. Without this, and their continued support we would not have been able to secure the lighthouse estate for future generations.”
The Trust have made sure that everyone in the community is aware of the award, as it is now on display in the Drummore Post Office.