AGM 15th April 2021
Business Plan March 2021
Our objectives, operations and projects are detailed in our Business Plan adopted in March 2021
News Update September 2021
Easter Beltie - Glassel road section of Torphins - Banchory
This section of the proposed Torphins - Banchory path received planning approval in early 2021. TPG obtained approval for a new path alongside the area of the river restoration on the old railway track, through the wooded area to Black Linn Burn and over a new bridal way bridge to traverse Dam Wood to the Glassel Road. The landowner obtained planning approval for a new car park at Easter Beltie and for a new path through the field to connect with the old railway track.
A temporary access is already open through the field to maintain access to the old railway track which is a popular walk near the Easter Beltie River Restoration site. The old access has been closed for safety reasons by the owner.
Funding of the TPG planning application was provided by Aberdeenshire Council Marr Area Committee, King George V Wind Turbine Fund, and internal funding from public donations and product sales.
TPG has now applied for a Scottish Rural and Payments Service Improving Public Access grant to fund the path construction to the Black Linn Burn, plus interpretation boards, finger pointers, and benches. These grants are heavily subscribed so we await the outcome which will not be known till the end of year.
We are awaiting the legal agreement with Forest & Land Scotland to build in Dam Wood.
In March 2021 we completed the new 90 metre path on the right of way at Waulkmill Farm. The path makes a long desired safe route around the farm yard from the south side of the Waulkmill Bridge replaced by Aberdeenshire Council in 2017. The project was funded by Aberdeenshire Council (80%) and TPG (20%) with all fencing timber donated by Learney Estate and site preparation and quarry material delivery by Waulkmill Farm.
In 2021 we have refurbished the very popular Monboddo to South Lodge path to repair water damage and improve drainage.
With the coming of the autumn work season we are pleased to have agreed the development of a new Green Route in Torphins Woods with the authorisation of Learney Estate who agree this will be an important addition. We are detail planning now with more news to come soon.
Torphins - Lumphanan
£2,000 awarded from Marr Area Committee Large Projects Fund and £1,000 from King George V Wind Turbine Panel has been applied towards the cost of preparation for our planning application to Aberdeenshire Council for the proposed path from Torphins to Lumphanan. We are heartened by the strong support for the route from owners along the old railway line and towards Lumphanan, and the support from Lumphanan Paths Group, Lumphanan community and Torphins community. We need to raise further funds for a further ecological study, and detail mapping and bridge specifications for the application. We continue working on sourcing additional funds.
The tremendous community support for the Woodland Wonderland illuminations in Torphins Woods last Christmas has encouraged us to repeat the event this year. More news to comes as plans are developed.
Thank you to Torphins Scouts
for daffodil planting on
Torphins Woodland Trails
If you go down to the woods today.....
You may encounter the TPG volunteers improving the paths around Torphins, particularly in Torphins Woods with the authority and support of Learney Estate. Following a training session with Paths for All in late 2018 work started in eliminating a boggy section of the path near Monboddo Road and continues through the years since.
If you want to join us, sign up as a volunteer by clicking on the button below:
Torphins Greeting Cards are available all year
Torphins Paths Group won funding totalling £14,038 for a Technical Feasibility Study published in 2018 of path options in the area. Many thanks to contributors.
South Aberdeenshire Local Action Group LEADER Programme £9,038
Marr Area Committee Large Project Grant £5,000
We awarded the Technical Feasibility Study contract to Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland, who have produced a report of recommendations which has been presented to the community for feedback and support to launch actual path development funding and activity.
Initial general funding was supported by local charities:
MDC Bread of Life £500
Former Torphins Mens Club £125
Latest funding is published in News & Events above.