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Case Study Woodend - Allotments & Arts Leys Estate
Case Study Woodend - Allotments & Arts Located at the gateway to Royal Deeside, Leys Estate has grown organically over the years; reflecting the demands placed upon it from a changing world but staying true to its long-developed roots in the local environment and community. Leys Estate has been directly investing in residential, leisure and commercial developments throughout the area, but the development at Woodend on the eastern fringes of Banchory is real community based project.

In 2007 they leased 3 acres of good agricultural land next to Woodend Barn to a newly formed Community Allotments Association, which allowed them to establish over 40 allotments, a communal shed and summer house.

Due to its success, a further 3 acres was leased to them in 2011 and with assistance from the Climate Challenge Fund for fencing and establishment costs there are over 120 plot holders, including three community groups, which now makes it the largest site of new allotments in Scotland.

The Estate also offered some additional land to the community group to establish Woodend Wild Garden, which sits between the two sets of allotments and was created as part of the BBC Breathing Spaces project.

The latest addition to the Woodend Complex by Leys Estate was the development of four rugby pitches in 2011 to establish a new high profile home leased to Deeside Rugby Club ( The provision of new pitches have seen the Club membership grow significantly with players coming from all over Deeside, so much so that the Rugby Club are currently designing and seeking funding for a new clubhouse, changing facilities and additional pitches!

There are also two successful festivals held annually at Woodend. There is a Min-rugby festival in May attracting over 600 young players and parents to Woodend from all over North East Scotland and the Banchory Beer Festival held in August and is now in its fourth year.

Future developments being considered include the re-location of the local athletics club to Woodend to provide new and improved facilities, one of the new rugby pitches may also be a 4G all-weather multi-sport surface, that would potentially allow the establishment of a boys and girls hockey club in Banchory, sites for Eco-lodges and a park and ride facility for commuters to Aberdeen.

This all re-affirms the Estate’s confidence in the future of Banchory and that the Woodend Community Arts and Sports Hub can provide an increasingly wide range of benefits for all members of the local community. Alongside Leys Estate, many members of the local community have contributed towards the success of Woodend, most of them volunteers and too numerous to mention here.

Leys Estate would like to thanks to all those who have help make it happen and keep it happening.

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