Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER

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The Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER area can be subdivided into four sub-areas:

  • Kinross-shire makes up the south-eastern part of Perth and Kinross and is characterised by its proximity to Perth and accessibility to Edinburgh
  • Strathearn is located in the south-western part of Perth and Kinross and has two major towns: Crieff and Auchterarder,and is a popular tourist and retirement destination
  • Highland Perthshire is located in the north-west of Perth and Kinross and has a more scattered and less dense population of hill and upland farming and high landscape values. Its picturesque landscape, wildlife and range of outdoor activities make it one of the most popular destinations in Scotland. It includes the key settlements of Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and Dunkeld/Birnam
  • Eastern Perthshire is a largely agricultural area and includes the market centre of Blairgowrie/Rattray and small towns of Coupar Angus and Alyth.The lower lands linking to the Carse of Gowrie, has some of the best quality land in Scotland which is used intensively for horticulture and other arable crops

Aims and objectives

To support individuals, organisations and communities in rural Perth and Kinross to be stronger, more confident and inclusive to lead or contribute to local economic and community development.

  • Enterprise development: focusing on supporting the capacity of small and medium sized enterprises to engage in growth in local, regional, national and international markets and in innovation processes
  • Skills development: focusing on supporting individuals, groups, communities and businesses to develop their IT/digital skills and rural skills
  • Infrastructure improvement: focusing on broadband, transport and town centres
  • Landscape, natural environment and cultural assets improvement: focusing on access to assets
  • Local services improvement: focusing on local facilities. Reduction in local services in small towns/villages including closure may lead to empty buildings
  • Active people and communities development: focusing on capacity building and young people

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