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EUROPARC Youth Manifesto – Cairngorms LEADER Transnational Co-operation Project

EUROPARCYouthManifesto2In May 2018 the Cairngorms National Park Authority hosted the first of two weeks of workshops, gathering together young folk from across Europe to write a Youth Manifesto.

The manifesto will outline ways that protected areas and rural communities can become better places for young people to live, learn and work. The manifesto will be presented to delegates at the EUROPARC 2018 conference in September, who will be asked to pledge one or two actions from the manifesto.

At Glenmore Lodge, a group of 30 young people aged 16-25 came together from all over Europe: Scotland, Finland, Netherlands, Germany, Wales, England, Italy and Latvia. Ten of the delegates were from Finland. This is because the project is a Transnational LEADER project, part financed by Cairngorms Local Action Group, LEADER Rieska, LEADER Keskipiste, and LEADER Ravakka.

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LEADER Manager Appointment

We are delighted to announce that Bridget Trussell has been appointed to the role of LAG Co-ordinator following the departure of Sam Wiaczek.  

David Cameron, Vice Chairperson of the LAG confirmed Bridget's appointment saying "Bridget displayed a thorough knowledge and understanding of the needs and demands of the LEADER Programme at interview, together with a real enthusiasm for the role.  This completes two internal promotions within the team, with Sam Masson also securing the role of Programme Supervisor.  I am delighted that we have managed to support the development and learning of our staff to help them secure these promoted posts, along with their commitment and knowledge of course".

Bridget can be contacted on 01479 870554, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

December 2017 Programme Update

Main Project Allocation

Following the successful development of projects and subsequent approval and uptake of LEADER funding in the Cairngorms during this programme, The Trust is now in the position of being nearly fully committed in their main LEADER project allocation. We are however still encouraging new enquiries particularly around farm diversification.


The development of impactful Cooperation projects will be a priority moving into 2018. Currently The Trust has not approved any cooperation projects however there is an increasing pipeline of proposals which are expected to progress in development over the coming months.



To learn more about the Cairngorms LEADER programme watch this short video

To learn more about the Scottish LEADER programme watch this short video