21/09/2009AGM Press Release

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS – ACCESS TRUST MARKS ITS FIRST YEAR

The Cairngorms Outdoors Access Trust (COAT) has it’s first AGM on 30th September 2009 at Boat Of Garten Community Hall.

In what has been a very encouraging year, the Trust has developed and delivered key access projects at Kingussie, Strathdon and Tarland.  COAT has also developed a suite of health walks in Deeside and Donside, an Upland Path report prioritising and costing upland path repairs across the whole Cairngorms National Park, and has delivered contract works on the Deeside Way.

The Trust is currently delivering a new 2-year business plan focussing on community path networks, ‘Walking To Health’, upland paths and promoting access.

COAT was formed out of the Upper Deeside Access Trust, with an expanded role to cover the Cairngorms National Park and surrounding area in April 2008.  Key funders are Cairngorms National Park Authority, Scottish Natural Heritage and AberdeenshireCouncil.  Grants have been raised from a number of bodies to deliver specific projects including Climate Challenge Fund, Cairngorm Local Action Group (LEADER), Rural
Aberdeenshire Local Action Group (LEADER), Paths to Health and Highland Council.

The AGM will be followed by a public meeting at the hall at 7pm, with refreshments available from 6pm.  A number of short presentations will be given and an open floor discussion on Outdoors Access will then take place.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.