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Milltown Airfield, Innes Estate


Case Study Outfit Moray - Outdoor Learning Milltown Airfield, Innes Estate www.helpingithappen.co.uk
Case Study Outfit Moray - Outdoor Learning Mark Tennant and his family, of the historic Innes Estate near Elgin, have offered an award winning Moray charity a 30 year lease of land and buildings at Milltown Airfield at just £1 per year to help realise their ambitions to create a new centre for outdoor learning, adventure and nature exploration.

The site, located to the south east of Lossiemouth, previously functioned as a Ministry of Defence airfield from World War II until its later role as a communications facility ceased in 2007.

Following the Innes Estate’s purchase of the MoD land, Mr Tennant has given 100 acres to Outfit Moray that will allow the charity to create a headquarters at the site complete with Community Outdoor Learning & Adventure Hub. The development is expected to cost around £2million, with a target completion date for phase one of January 2017.

Now in its 13th year, Outfit Moray has worked with more than 14,000 children and young people to build confidence, self-esteem and resilience whilst providing positive role models and encouraging the acquisition of life skills and new experiences through challenge and positive risk taking.

Ian Rideout, CEO of Outfit Moray said: "With the support of Mark Tennant and Innes Estate together with Legacy 2014 we are now in a position to move our project from an aspiration to reality. The project at Milltown Airfield will not only enable us to grow our charitable work but also to develop our social enterprises. This will provide us with the facilities to transform the lives of more of our young people through learning and outdoor adventure."

Mark Tennant responded: “I want what we are doing here at Milltown Airfield to be an example of how landowners can work in productive partnership with a local community and with charitable groups. It is not always about buying land for community use when landowners, like Innes Estate, are able and willing to make land available for projects that will make a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Moray. I am absolutely delighted to be able to work with Outfit Moray to help this happen.”

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