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Birse Community Trust

Birse Community Trust, BCT, is a local community business "to promote the common good of the inhabitants of Birse parish and deliver wider public benefits".
Since its inaugural AGM in February 1999, the Trust has taken on an expanding range of projects to address local issues and capitalise on local opportunities.
BCT won the Community Business prize in the 1999 Scottish Community of the Year Awards and its success has continued to attract favourable comments from Scottish Executive Ministers and other prominent commentators. Recently, for example, the Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council, reported that BCT: "is exactly the type of local community initiative which Aberdeenshire Council wants to encourage more widely throughout our area. The Council congratulates the Trust for establishing a very successful track record as a pioneering local community business".
Birse covers 125 sq.kms. (50 sq. miles) on Deeside, Aberdeenshire. It coincides with Parliamentary Polling Districts in the Aboyne Electoral Ward. Everyone on these Electoral Registers is automatically a voting member of BCT. The parish has four main parts: the three scattered rural settlements of Finzean, Birse and Ballogie and the largely uninhabited Forest of Birse. The parish's c.270 households and c.740 population are shared almost equally between Finzean and Birse and Ballogie.Each of the three communities has its own Community Association and each half of the parish is represented by its own Community Council
Birse 's neighbouring community to the south is Glen Esk across the hills in Angus; to the west, again across hills, it is Glen Tanar; to the north, the parish boundary is the River Dee, with the main link being across the bridge to Aboyne; to the east, it is Strachan parish which, while part of Feughside with Finzean, has been divided from Birse by a parish boundary which for about 900 years was the county boundary between Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire.
BCT is a company limited by guarantee, a recognised Scottish charity (SC28220) and a government approved Local Rural Partnership. With its registered office at 51 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5BU
Birse Community Trust has a website, click here to access.
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