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Island of Hoy Development Trust

Area of Operation:

The Island of Hoy
Northern Isles (Shetland & Orkney)

Number of Staff:

How We Started

Island of Hoy Development Trust was incorporated in 2006 to take forward the sustainable development of the island. The local economy is fragile with a reliance on farming and fish farming.

What We Do

The Trust’s main focus is to reverse population decline (particularly of families and young people) secure sustainable employment opportunities, and provide key social and recreational services.

The Trust runs

  • A youth club for ages 12 to 23
  • Other youth activities e. trips to other islands
  • A ranger service offering guided walks, talks and brochures covering Hoy and the adjacent islands of Graemsay and Flotta
  • A website with local events calendar
  • Has produced a visitor brochure for the island.

The Trust recently secured planning permission, land, grid connection and funding to develop a wind turbine.

Our Assets

  • Land for wind turbine
  • Computer equipment

Our Future Plans

Going forward, the Trust aims to explore the potential for

  • A recycling service for scrap medal, silage wrap, glass, tyres and conversion of waste straw/grass into solid fuel and compost
  • A multi-purpose centre with space for a charity shop, rooms for hire by local groups
  • Space for hire by local craftspeople and other businesses
  • A ‘gateway house’ for those looking to move to the island.

Contact Details

Carol Lock

01856 701760
carol [dot] lock [at] btinternet [dot] com

Last Updated: Wed, 23/06/2010 - 12:42