The Rural Development Trust has revealed the 2018-20 Community Action Lanarkshire programme's final achievements - and highlighted ongoing work to help local communities.

Out of the 25 areas CAL covered, in an initiative which recently received the approval of the Lanarkshire LEADER organisation, nine, like Carstairs Junction, developed a community-led action plan and work continues to support eight of them to take the proposals forward.

A total of 1053 youngsters were involved, from cycle training at Abington Primary School to contributing their ideas in local action plans.

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Project staff supported 25 groups in delivering 10 capital projects, like new seating for Upperton and 11 new services such as real-time rural bus information.

There were 294 people trained in a range of skills including strimming and wall repair.

And 55 participants were involved in environmental and heritage volunteering projects like installing bird and bat boxes at local nature reserve, Loudon Pond.

Gordon Muir, managing director of the Rural Development Trust, said: “The Community Action Lanarkshire programme was set up to offer support for rural communities in North and South Lanarkshire who face particular challenges, with community-led plans, and to help develop projects.

"We are delighted to have been able to support communities via LEADER funding and look forward to continuing to do so with the current projects.”

Kirsten Robb, manager of the CAL team at the Rural Development Trust, added: “Rural Lanarkshire is an amazing area with great people, passionate about improving their place.

"But community development and projects take time. Whilst communities have achieved much in the last few years via the CAL programme, more work is needed to tackle the opportunities and challenges rural communities face.

"That is why we are grateful for recent funders, The National Lottery Community Fund, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Sustrans, and the Scottish Government for their support to help take forward projects in these communities.”

Read the full CAL 2018-20 report here and community-led action plans can be found via