We are looking for funds to help us with our bid to bring the Isle of Ulva back into the community’s hands in order to re-invigorate the economy and social fabric of the island.
This marks a crossroads in the history of Ulva and North West Mull. It provides a golden opportunity to ensure the survival and bolster the development of a fragile and remote community, enabling a vibrant and sustainable future for generations to come.
Sustainable community benefit is dependent on more people living and working year-round on the island itself and the way to achieve this is for the land to be owned and managed by the community.
Our plans for Ulva are:
-Provide security of tenure for existing and future residents
-Improve housing stock and other buildings
-Revitalise and expand agriculture
-Manage forestry sustainably and seek new opportunities
-Unlock the very large tourism potential largely untapped at present
-Care for and promote the cultural heritage of the island
-Enhance biodiversity and conserve sensitive habitats and species
-Safeguard natural habitats of the isolated associated islands and skerries
-Support Marine Industries, Fishing and Aquaculture
The aim is for economic and social development leading to sustainable population increases. After 5 years a doubling to 10 people, after 10 years up to 20 people and ultimately after 20 years or so as many as 30 or more full time residents on the island are envisaged.
We have eight months within which to set out our Business Plan and raise the purchase price.
The National Library of Scotland has recently digitised a remarkable map of Ulva, Gometra, inchkenneth, (Little) Colonsay and Staffa which was drawn by John Leslie and Son in 1812 for Reginald Macdonald who owned the islands at the time.
This date puts the map about 30 years before the clearances under the Clarks who were the next owners. The level of detail is amazing. Every building, field boundary and track is shown, along with all the settlement and other place names.
Now that the map has been digitised it will be of great value to people wishing to trace their ancestors on Ulva, or consider the changes in the landscape since the clearances.
The map is posted here on our website by courtesy of the National Library of Scotland.