Registered Scottish Charity no. SCO41449
Registered Scottish Charity no. SCO41449


List of upcoming events


Date Time Event Location
Tuesday 8th October 7:30 pm AGM Via Zoom - all members should have received an email with joining instructions
    Due to the announcement today of tightening of restrictions on gatherings Volunteer Days have been cancelled until further notice  

Our planned AGM had to be cancelled due to the restrictions on the number of households gathering, so we are now holding our AGM online. 
It will take place via Zoom on Thurs 8th October 7.30-8.30pm.


Members should have received an email with Zoom joining instructions.


24 Sept 2020

After the announcement today of the restrictions on gatherings in Scotland we have made the decision to cancel the upcoming CCDT volunteer days. This will include the one this coming Sat 12th September. 

 This is also likely to impact on our planned AGM and we will send around further information in due course.


We are hoping that specific guidance on volunteering will be issued soon, but until then we have made this decision to keep the community safe. 

 Hope to see you all again soon.
 Stay safe and take care! 


10 Sept 2020

Bat Walk on Saturday 5th Sept  7.30pm

An evening walk to learn about bats in Gillies Hill Community Woodland.
The walk will be led by local bat expert John Haddow (Stirling Bat Group)
Meet at Cambusbarron Primary School.

Hope to see you there!


Sept 2020

Volunteer days are now happening every second Saturday. 


This Saturday (29th) we will be focusing on clearing of the willows and rhododendron area around the castle ponds.

Meet at 10am by the blue shed at the entrance on Gillies Hill (between numbers 44 and 46 Gillies Hill). 

The volunteer day will go on until about 4pm, so feel free to come later in the day.


We also have an evening bat walk on Saturday 5th Sept - 7.30pm. Meeting place and further details nearer the time.

Volunteer Day August 15th 10am-1pm


Meet 10am on Castle drive behind Polmaise Lodge 


After the success of the last volunteer day, they will now be every fortnight. This week we will be working on the drive from Polmaise Lodge to the Castle.  

Depending on numbers we will split into working groups to ensure compliance with gov guidance and maintain social distancing.


Meet 10am behind Polmaise Lodge (see map above). Note that there will be no space to park at Polmaise Lodge.  Bring digging tools if you can. Please dress appropriately to conditions waterproofs and boots ideally!


No need to let us know, please just come along if you can.  Any queries please email

Volunteer Days are back! - Starting this Saturday 18th.


Volunteer Day July 18th 10am-1pm
Meet 10am at the Gillies Hill entrance. 

Following results of our recent Paths Survey we are keen to have a volunteer session where we focus on the main path erosion (main path trail up from sheds on Gillies Hill). Will be digging drainage channels. Another area of focus is Himalayan Balsalm control.

Depending on numbers we will split into working groups to ensure compliance with gov guidance and maintain social distancing.

Meet 10am by blue shed at Gillies Hill entrance. Bring a spade if you have one. Please dress appropriately to conditions waterproofs and boots ideally!

No need to let us know, please just come along if you can.  

Gillies Hill paths - have your say!


The woods and paths of Gillies Hill are much loved by the community - never appreciated more so than recently.  Since late last year the woods have been under the ownership of Cambusbarron Community Development Trust on behalf of the community.  We want to know your views about what you think should happen to the paths in the woods - should we leave them as they are, or would you like to see some improvements?  Please take 5 minutes to complete our survey:


Please share the link with anyone you know who enjoys the woods and wants a say in their future. 


May 2020

Public Access Defibrillator

The defibrillator has now been installed at Cambusbarron Community Centre.  It is in a yellow cabinet on the ouside wall, next to the door.


All defibrillators in the area, including the one in Cambusbarron, are on the list from Trossachs Search and Rescue at


Jan 2020

Cambusbarron Community Development Trust is proud to announce that on Tuesday the 20th August 2019 we finally completed the purchase of 64 hectares of Gillies Hill, on behalf of the local community.  This will allow the community to have an active role in protecting, managing and developing the Hill.


Please join us for a celebration afternoon tea on Saturday 31st August 2-4pm at the Cambusbarron Community Centre.  All are welcome to attend to find out more about this exciting new development for the community and share any ideas they may have.  Any donations of baking will be gratefully received. 


 We are very grateful to everyone who has given their money, time and support. Funding from the Scottish Land Fund, Cambusbarron Community Fund, together with a substantial donation from FES Ltd and our Crowdfunding campaign, has made this possible. 


 Following a negotiation period which started in 2013, our 64 hectares on the north-east side of the hill includes the ruins of Polmaise Castle, the curling ponds, the walled garden and the Dark Woods.


We now look forward to protecting and managing the woodland and we welcome people with relevant skills or an interest in being involved, from the community and beyond, to step forward to support the entirely volunteer led project.


More here..


Aug 2019

Thank you to all who helped out with the Litter Picknic at Polmaise Castle.  The weather stayed dry for us all morning and we managed to collect a few bags full of litter.






July 2019


Your Stirling: You Decide


Check out proposals for Ward 5 and use your vote to vote for changes to the park or safer routes around the village. There is one for the King George’s Park which is for Cambusbarron although it doesn’t say it.

Now Closed




May 2019/July 2019

Fond of Red Squirrels?


You can help save red squirrels by recording your squirrel sightings at


This is a website aimed at monitoring squirrel populations across Scotland.

Defibrillator Project Meeting


CCDT are holding a public meeting at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 17th October in Cambusbarron Community Centre to discuss the project to install a public access defribrillator in the village.


All are welcome.


Please see Here for more details


Oct 2018

Crowdfunder launch


On Sunday the 9th September 2018 the Cambusbarron Community Development Trust will be holding a launch event for our crowdfunding campaign to raise the final £60,000 in order to complete the purchase of Gillies hill.  We will be meeting at 12noon at the primary school from where we will taking a walk in the woods and returning to the community centre at about 1.30pm for a soup and bread lunch and the official launch of the campaign.


You are most welcome to join us and hope that you will support us by sharing the campaign far and wide to help us achieve our target.  Don’t forget to use #buygillieshill if you are sharing on social media.


See more about our crowdfunding Here


Sept 2018

Cambusbarron Charity awarded over £425,000!


Cambusbarron Community Development Trust (CCDT) has been awarded over £425,000 by the Scottish Land Fund to buy and manage around 160 acres of woodland on Gillies Hill, Cambusbarron. This substantial grant award will support their Gillies Hill project over the period up to March 2020.

Press release


June 2018

CCDT Public access defibrillator project


The trust is looking for members of the community to help with our public access defibrillator project.  We have some funding available to start the project and need to form a group to make decisions on where it could go and how we engage with the community so that people know it is there and how it should be used.


Please get in touch with us if you have an opinion on this or would like to know more about the project.




May 2018

Managing the trees to rear of houses on Gillies Hill


The Cambusbarron Community Development Trust (CCDT) are currently leasing the woods to the rear of the even numbered houses on Gillies Hill.  We are aware that some of these trees are very large and may cause damage if they are blown or fall over.  For this reason the CCDT intend to start to manage the woodland to the rear of the houses and consider the removal of an number trees.


To find out more, download the document here: Wood Clearance Consultation


July 2017

Application for alternative charitable status


The CCDT can now announce that our application to convert to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) took place on the 19th May 2017.  Our charity registration number remains the same (SCO41449) but we are no longer registered as a Limited Company so no longer have a separate company number, and records of our organisation are no longer required to be filed with Companies House.


Our new constitution which was agreed at our EGM on the 9th March is now available on the website in the documents section.


May 2017

Donations welcome


We have now opend an account with MyDonate and can accept online donations to boost our funds.


We are currently lease a large portion of Gillies Hill and are working towards applying for money to enable us to purchase this land. This is a map of the hill with the land we are leasing outlined in red:

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