The Newtonmore Community Woodland and Development Trust is a non-profitmaking company and a Scottish registered charity. It is managed by a board of up to 12 trustees. All are volunteers living in Newtonmore.
The Trust was formed in 1998 with a view to creating amenity woodland in and around Newtonmore as the Millennium approached. By 1 January 2000 the Trust had planted 23,000 native trees in 16 different compartments around the village.
The sections were linked by a 10km orbital path, The Wildcat Trail The Trust maintains the Trail and manages around 40 hectares of woodland.
In April 2000 the Trust opened the Wildcat Centre '... a walking centre to provide information to the public about walking locally and throughout Scotland ...' as well as general information, sales and as a more direct point of contact with the Trust.
Later the Trust also took on the role of developing the village of Newtonmore as a tourist destination. In June 2010 the Trust launched the Wildcat Experience, for children and adults. Models of the Scottish Wildcat were painted as a community arts project. Today over 130 models are sited around the village forming our 'treasure hunt with a difference' - an all year round outdoor activity.
Everyone was getting their feet very wet periodically - but no longer!!
No such thing as too many working bridges if you want to keep the socks dry! Bit of scratching of heads here ....
Lesley Allan. Keeper of the Cats and Administrator for the Centre and its volunteers.