First Cabrach Community Open Day a Resounding Success

More than 500 people flocked to the Cabrach at the weekend for a family fun day with a difference. As well as showcasing the Dorenell Wind Farm project and its community benefits, a range of activities were on offer at the former Cabrach primary school on Saturday including a live link-up to an Australian Observatory, live music, whisky tasting and a BBQ with venison burgers and sausages donated by Glenfiddich Estate.

The event, hosted by Cabrach Community Enterprise Ltd was designed to raise the remote area’s profile.

Among the attendees were Moray MSP Richard Lochhead, the Lord Lieutenant of Benffshire Clare Russell and Christopher Moran who owns the Glenfiddich and Cabrach Estates.

Cabrach’s development officer Kim Siu said the number of visitors demonstrated the high level of support for the area’s regeneration project. She said: “It was an amazing day. There were well over 500 people there.”

The event also allowed Infinergy to showcase the community regeneration and environmental work that it has committed to carry out should Dorenell Wind Farm be approved. Mrs Siu also said that many of Saturday’s visitors had been hopeful that the development would get the go-ahead from Scottish Ministers.

Esbjorn Wilmar, Managing Director of Infinergy commented: “We are delighted to be able to come and take part in this Open Day hosted by Cabrach Community Enterprise. Having worked with the community here for a number of years on the Dorenell Wind Farm project, I am particularly pleased to see the community of the Cabrach pulling together and working hard towards a better future for themselves. We hope that we too can play our part in supporting such regeneration through the community benefit on offer should the wind farm be consented.”

“Having consulted with local people, Infinergy has committed to delivering a range of local benefits including strengthening local tourism by providing visitor facilities and promoting access onto the Glenfiddich Estate; regeneration through new jobs and the provision of new and refurbished housing on the estate as well as the more widespread community benefit fund and safeguarding the environment for the future with both habitat and fisheries management plans.”

“We want to make sure the Cabrach is put back on the map as a successful and thriving community – one where people want to come to live and work.”

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