Tandlemuir

 

The Tandlemuir Project is an asset transfer for a part of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.  The Park, originally a grouse shooting estate, covers an area of 28,000 hectares (110 sq. miles) of Inverclyde, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, stretching from Greenock in the north, down the coast to Largs and West Kilbride and inland to Dalry and Lochwinnoch.  The area includes around 10,000 hectares of Scotland’s most accessible areas of wild land: unlike many wild areas, two million people live within 30 minutes of the area.

 

Tandlemuir started in 2017 as The Yearn Stane Project, working with the local community and landowners to plant more trees and restore the park’s badly degraded peatlands and increase its biodiversity.  The project was started jointly by a local social enterprise, Eadha (Gaelic for aspen) and a local environmental consultancy, Starling Learning. The symbol of the project – the Yearn Stane (or Eagle Stone) – is a four-tonne boulder in the very heart of the Regional Park.  The vision of the project is to restore natural processes in the area for the benefit of wildlife and people, and to improve the resilience of local communities to climate change and other pressures.  The project initially planted Aspen trees at an abandoned barytes mine in the regional park and has since worked with a wide variety of groups including schools, community groups, local authorities, businesses, individuals and landowners.

 

In 2021 the Yearn Stane Project joined with LCDT to work towards obtaining an asset transfer of the portion of the park within Renfrewshire (referred to Tandlemuir) so that ownership would transfer to the local community. Tandlemuir is an area of around 1500 hectares owned by Renfrewshire Council and containing the river Calder and the Clyde Muirshiel visitors’ centre. The area comprises around 500 hectares of rough grazing and 1000 hectares of partly degraded peat bog.

 

Vision of the Tandlemuir Project

 

The basic vision is to secure the future of Tandlemuir for the benefit of local communities. We aim to encourage sustainable land use practices that will boost biodiversity, reduce flooding and capture carbon. It is our hope that this will lead to resilient, nature-based solutions that will benefit the social and economic wellbeing of the people of Renfrewshire.

 

This will be achieved through:

o   Community Asset Transfer of land

o   Peatland restoration

o   Re-wilding, tree planting and sustainable forestry

o   Restoration of small farms for sustainable agriculture

o   Sustainable leisure and tourism