Tombreck is a rural re-generation project, a working small-holding/ farm with land-based projects, and a low carbon community building with visitor facilities.
A hill farm on the north side of Loch Tay in rural Perthshire, the farm takes the form of a long, narrow strip running from the slopes of Ben Lawers to the Loch Tay shore divided by the A827. Some 10 years ago a diversification project, (Tombreck Action Group) started which aimed to maintain the farm as a working farm, while diversifying into other activities, which would include other people as well as providing housing and employment at a sustainable level. There are now 8 self-built eco-homes,(a mix of owner- ccupied and rented social housing) with gardens, domestic polytunnels and greenhouses, as well as a small scale market-garden project. The Cart Shed Studio was re-built using timber harvested from the SSSI woodland, which forms part of the farm. This houses an architect’s studio and a Farm Shop. The Big Shed is an award winning community building, which was funded by the Big Lottery, Carbon Trust and the Climate Challenge Fund. The water supply comes from the local burn and sewage is processed in a self-built red-bed system. Farm activities are small-scale vegetable production, with a current year project to cultivate potatoes on a larger scale, plus poultry for eggs and pigrearing, as well as woodland management nd a project to use horses for timber extraction in the sensitive SSSI.
Tombreck is not an intentional community in the sense of having rules and values to which all members subscribe. Despite this or perhaps because of it, there is a sense of community.
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