a potted history!          

2006 Steering group formed 

to investigate the opportunity and viability of various community led initiatives, in particular the purchase of the Fourpenny Plantation under the National Forest Land Scheme to create new tenant-only crofts, and to register a community interest in the purchase of Coul Farm under the terms of the Land Reform Act


2007 Company limited by guarantee formed on 3rd September

‘The Company has been formed to benefit the community of Embo and District as defined by the postcode units IV25 3HY, IV25 3HZ, IV25 3JD, IV25 3JE, IV25 3PN, IV25 3PP, IV25 3PR, IV25 3PS, IV25 3PT, IV25 3PU, IV25 3PW, IV25 3PX, IV25 3PY, IV25 3PZ, IV25 3QA, IV25 3QB, IV25 3QD, IV25 3QE, IV25 3QF, IV25 3QG, IV25 3QH, IV25 3QJ,  IV25 3QL, IV25 3QQ, IV25 3QS
(“the Community”) with the following Purposes (“the Purposes”):’

To manage community land and associated assets for the benefit of the Community and the public in general;

To provide, or assist in providing, recreational facilities, and/or organising recreational activities, which will be available to members of the Community and public at large with the object of improving the conditions of life of the Community;

To advance community development, including urban or rural regeneration;

To advance the education of the Community about its environment, culture, heritage and/or history;

To advance environmental protection or improvement including preservation, and conservation of the natural environment, the promotion of sustainable
development, the maintenance, improvement or provision of environmental
amenities for the community;

All of the above purposes as given above shall be carried out following principles of sustainable development, where sustainable development means development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.


2009 The Scottish Government accepted our application to register a community interest in the purchase of lands of Coul Farm, Trentham farm and No 9 The Poles should they come onto the open market.
This registration needs to be re-registered before January 2014.


2010 Although our application to purchase the Fourpenny Plantation through the National Forest Land Scheme was successful,Forestry Commission Scotland placed a high development value on the land and we were unable to raise the funds required for purchase. However, FCS are happy to leave the possibility of purchase open to us should we find the necessary funds. We had to ballot the community to show support for the purchase and gained 90% of the votes cast on a postal vote return of 63%.


2011 The membership of the Embo Community Company decided to dissolve the company and pass their assets to The Embo Trust. With this we accepted a commitment to create a garden on the site of the old village hall. We obtained funds from both Highland Council and The Landfill Community Fund. With this and funds transferred from the ECC from The Moidart Trust we fenced the site with child friendly steel bow top railings and set up benches and picnic tables with tubs of herbs. We hope to develop the planting further  in 2013.


2012 We completed the purchase of the old Embo School building on 1st November after 18 months of negotiations with Highland Council solicitors. We are grateful to the Ward discretionary Fund and to the Beinn Tharsuinn Fund for grants which paid 95% of the legal fees. In anticipation of the sale being successful, during 2011 we asked John Bonthrone to repair the roof tiles and Embo Builders (Johnny Cumming and Murdo Macdonald) to repair the broken window panes and add Perspex sheeting to try to prevent further vandalism. We are grateful that all the work was done for the cost of materials used. The Sutherland Community Payback Team did most of the initial clean up of the mess resulting from the vandalism and the nesting swallows which were able to gain access! 


2013We'd hoped to have the old library room, which has been painted by the Payback Team, and the hall ready for use by mid-summer 2013 at latest but there is more work to be done than at first apparent and there's extensive repairs required in the area intended to become the cafe.

Volunteers willing to do some fundraising would be gladly welcomed. 

Watch this space. We’ll try to keep the website up to date with progress.


We opened the community shop in the football pavilion with over thirty volunteers helping to run it.


We completed purchase of 18Ha of the Fourpenny Plantation at the top of the Embo road from Forestry Commission Scotland at the end of October. SSE and Big Lottery Awards For All grants enabled us to proceed with the sale.

The intention is to create runrigs for local people. We're also exploring the feasibility of having a single turbine on the site.

We've now been awarded development funding by the Big Lottery to allow the school project to move forward another step. Planning permission has been granted by Highland Council.



The final application to the Big Lottery was made in May. The Lottery announced the bid was successful on Friday 9th September.

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