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Loch Ness SHores

Case Study Working with the Community Loch Ness SHores
Case Study Working with the Community “The playground at Foyers Primary School has always been a rather restricted area for the children to play and learn in. However, thanks to Donald and Lyn Forbes this is about to change in a big way. They have agreed to sell ground to Highland Council for £1 so that the playground can be extended into the woods behind the school.” (Louise Robertson, Head Teacher – Stratherrick & Foyers News)
“The school is rurally located and surrounded by forest with just 16 pupils attending. There are many constraints on the school site and the Forbes generosity means in the future the children's play area will incorporate woodland and wildlife habitats and the school car park can now be extended, making the environment safer for the children.

All of this will have a very positive impact on the children. It will help to create an area of exploration and discovery for the children, building on their imaginations and creativity in areas such as den building and to develop a greater understanding of the world around them.
Donald and Lyn have worked tirelessly for the benefit of the community and supported the school for many years. Loch Ness Shores has also welcomed visits from the local Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Units and Nursery, indeed the wider community to join in the annual fireworks night and other celebrations.” (Paula Page, Chairperson Parent Council at Foyers Primary School).

“Loch Ness Shores has been very beneficial in increasing tourism on south Loch Ness. Open all year, their visitors provide customers to all the local businesses. Lyn has recently joined our Committee.” (Fiona Cairns, Secretary, South Loch Ness Tourist Group)

“We had two objectives when starting Loch Ness Shores in our retirement, which we have now achieved; (1) our business must be sustainable, and (2) support existing/new businesses and the community. Hence when Scottish Water upgraded their services and only allowed for minimum expansion, we opted to bore for all our own water, so that there could be further developments in Foyers. This includes obtaining outline planning for 16 houses (4 affordable), which a local builder is progressing through planning. Working with the community and HRC we have transferred land to the village shop so that they were able to extend their car park and we have constructed public toilets at Loch Ness Shores.

A community defibrillator is available on the campsite and as part of our staff training, everyone has completed the defibrillator course. Our team are also qualified to deliver outside activities, such as archery, bush craft, wildlife walks, river dipping, boat and kayak hire. These are made available to all those living, working and visiting the area. This not only helps other accommodation providers, but businesses such as the village shop, tearooms and hotels, by encouraging visitors to stay longer in the area. The team are all encouraged to share their knowledge of the local area with visitors and we have applied to become a VisitScotland Information Partner (iKNOW Scotland).

As an active Director of the local Community Trust, Lyn was instrumental in promoting their new Constitution which empowered the community. She represented Scottish Land & Estates on the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust and was previously a Board Member of Highlands & Island Enterprise .” (Donald & Lyn Forbes trading as Loch Ness Shores)
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