Callander Community Development Trust

Working Towards a Better Future

Greener Callander

2017 CCDT Minutes

Below are the approved minutes from the monthly CCDT meetings. 

Callander Community Development Trust meet on the last Friday in every month at 10am in the Burgh offices above the library. The AGM is in May each year and all members are welcome to attend.

Minutes from March 2017


Minutes from February 2017


Minutes & reports from January 2017


Hydro Project

Callander Community Hydro Project

Turning water into cash - sounds too good to be true - with all the rain we get, Callander certainly has an abundant supply of water as a natural resource and it seems a shame to waste it.

The Hydro project developed from informal discussions within Callander Enterprise about the cost of electricity for local businesses and about how, as Callander is never short of water, this should be seen as an advantage rather than the opposite. It could become an asset for the entire community.The purpose of the scheme is to generate hydro electric energy and put it into the grid, selling it to an electricity supplier to generate income for Callander which will then be allocated by the CCDT for the community in Callander. It will help to fund our own developments and reduce our reliance on funding from public bodies.

The hydro scheme is situated in Stank Glen on Forestry Commission land - it's a run of river scheme (see diagram above) where water is diverted from Stank Burn into an intake, flow down a buried pipeline into a turbine house, used to generate electricity and then returned to the stream much lower down. There are no dams or reservoirs in this type of scheme so it is hidden once the land is replanted. The catchment area for the water is 4.23km2 (see map above).

Progress so far

On 10th September 2014, Callander Community Hydro Project started to generate and export electricity to the national grid. The project is now generating an income from selling power and benefiting from the government's FITS payments for generation of renewable energy.We have received funding from a consortium of three organisations - Triodos Bank, Scottish Investment Bank and Social Investment Scotland, who have lent the community a total of £1.9 million.

Our contractor, Highland Waterworks, took only 5 months to install the whole system. This included the new grid connection, over 800m of pipeline, an intake structure, an outfall and a powerhouse where the turbine and generator are located.We worked closely with Forestry Commission Scotland, SSE, LEADER and Community Energy Scotland to implement this project.

Hydro Project - Update - September 2015

A new information brochure available to down load here. Paper copies are available at the National Trust Office on the Main Street in Callander.

Hydro Project - Links

The hydro project has received much media coverage over the past months- here are links to some of the articles:

Hydro Project - Technical Details

  • Turbine : GILKES Horizontal Twin Jet Pelton turbine 450kW
  • Penstock : 800m
  • Head : 150 metres
  • Energy generation : 1.3199 Gwh/year
  • Income : £280k from 2015 before financing and operating costs

Keeping you informed

We will use this site and the Ben Ledi View to keep you updated on our progress, but if you have any specific questions then please email us at the  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last updated 16/09/2015

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Callander Ramblers

Callander Community Development Trust and partners have produced a booklet of information about geodiversity on the lovely walking routes around Callander. It features explanations, photographs and a map to orientate yourself. Why not download a copy next time you set off for the lovely Trossachs area?

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Download here

Callander Community Development Trust

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Callander Community Development Trust (Scottish Charity SC034462) is a charitable organisation of volunteers, set up in 2003. Through its membership, it undertakes practical projects for the benefit of Callander community.

These projects have been identified in the 2003 and 2008 Community Action Plans after consultation with the people of Callander by household questionnaires and public meetings about what is wanted to improve our town and the quality of life for us, the residents, as well as for visitors. Many items on the wish list are not provided by statutory bodies or national organisations and therefore a local action group must take the initiative to develop what is feasible with voluntary effort. Hence the Development Trust which works voluntarily for the benefit of the community.

Membership of the Trust is open to everyone in the community by completing the membership form. All donations, of any amount will be gratefully received. No funding comes to the Trust from local or national rates or taxes. Before each project can be taken on, considerable time is spent applying for funds from grant-giving sources.

The Trust is managed by a Board of nine Directors elected at the Annual General Meeting from the membership, and eight Directors representing a cross-section of local interests: young people, churches, heritage, environment, businesses, community council and schools.

The Board meets on the last Friday of every month at the Burgh Chambers in Callander at 10am. The minutes from these meetings can be found here.

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Callander Community Action Plan 2012 - 2017

The Callander Community Action Plan sets out priorities for the development of Callander over the next 5 years. Download the Community Action Plan here. Callander Community Action Plan 2012-2017

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Photo: St Kessog's Spire: Ali Reid


Town Co-ordinator Appointed

Callander Community Development Trust are pleased to welcome Sheila Winstone to the post of Town Co-ordinator. She will be working with all local groups and agencies to help deliver our five-year Community Action Plan. Her immediate priorities are to review local organisations and their activities, tackle transport, broadband, out of school childcare and public toilet provision.