New podcast episode celebrates 30 years of LEADER funding in Rural Scotland

Young musicians from the DD8 project stand beside Kirriemuir Bon Scott statue
Hannah Downey

As part of a series of podcasts commisioned by the Scottish Rural Network, the latest OnFarm - Food, Agriculture and Rural Matters podcast celebrates the legacy of LEADER funding in rural Scotland.

In this episode podcast host Anna speaks with Peter Ross, who has been involved with LEADER from its very beginning in 1991, about its grassroots partnership approach to funding, and about the hundreds of communities that have benefitted.

You can also hear from four different projects around Scotland that have been LEADER-funded, and ask what post-Brexit future there might be for EU-funded LEADER. The Music in this episode is from 17-year old Katie Nicoll, part of LEADER-funded DD8 Music in Angus.

Other LEADER funded projects featured include; 

  • The Smiddy, a multi-purpose Heritage and Community Hub in the Glenkens area of Galloway.  
  • Gàradh a’ Bhàgh a’ Tuath, a horticulture-based project offering a range of facilities to the community of Barra and its neighbouring Islands. They grow and sell local produce whilst helping people with special needs and reducing the carbon footprint of the local area.
  • TrixPix Media, a multimedia production house with adjoining croft in South Uist.
  • Kirrie Connections, a dementia care project in Kirriemuir in Angus.
  • DD8 Music, a studio and youth work facility also in Kirriemuir in Angus.

Find out more and listen to the podcast here.