Barrhill Wood – £25,000 award

Discussions are progressing between the Kirkcudbright Development Trust and Dumfries & Galloway Council (D&G) and the Forestry Commission (FC) to enter into a joint management agreement to enable community management of the Barrhill Woods. The Barhill is a very important community asset for Kirkcudbright and it is important that the town has a say in … Read more

Big Lottery Fund Award

The Trust have been awarded £850,000 from the Big Lottery Fund towards the redevelopment of the Johnston School building.  Thanks to everyone in the town who supported the project, it really has made a difference. It will take some time to get the appropriate planning permissions for any renovations that we undertake, so it will … Read more


Membership of Kirkcudbright Development Trust currently stands at 384 and whilst we are very encouraged by this support we do need to increase our numbers well beyond the 500 mark to have a significant impact on Council and funders – when we make application to take responsibility for the Johnston School and for grants to … Read more

Dark Skies Visitor Centre

Galloway Forest Park is one of the darkest places in the UK and has been awarded a Dark Sky Park designation, one of only four in the western world. Part of the development of the Johnston School will be a Dark Sky Visitor Centre open to the public promoting the park and all things astronomical. … Read more

Johnston School Decision

As many people will know the Trust is working hard to secure ownership of the Johnston School. Our plans for the school were submitted to the council in July.  We are pleased to report that Dumfries and Galloway council have now formally decided to hand the School over to Kirkcudbright Development Trust, conditional on the Trust … Read more