After a 3.5 month period where people could register an interest in becoming one of the first people to have a hut at Carnock Wood, the register of interest closed in early 2018. We had an enormous wave of interest in the opportunity. Those who have registered an interest were invited to an event on 19 May in Dunfermline, where they were given updates on the project and a deeper insight into the practicalities that being a Carnock Hutter would entail. Those who are convinced that they’d love to be a Carnock Hutter are now invited to enter the ballot to select the successful hutters. The ballot will be drawn by the auditors of Reforesting Scotland, and the lucky hutters will then be notified.
Carnock Wood, managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES), is the first hutting site of the new era to be given planning permission. It is the pilot site of the Thousand Huts campaign and it has been a fascinating journey getting so far.
Carnock Wood is a 100 acre wood (roughly) in west Fife, 1.5 miles to the south of the village of Saline. The locals are welcoming, we have spoken to them. Most of the wood is pine plantation of various ages but the hutting site is surrounded by broadleaves and is growing a healthy crop of bracken at present. It looks out to the west and south.
The huts will be owned by individual hutters who will look after them and pay an affordable ground rent to FES. This figure hasn’t yet been negotiated. There is room for 12 huts on the site, including 2 which will be made available to local people. There will also be a school hut or outdoor classroom for the use of schools in the local area. The huts will look similar to each other with a timber finish but will vary in size and roof type. There will be a forestry road ending in a car park at the edge of the site but after that everything will need to be carried or wheeled in by wheelbarrow. The site will not be connected to mains services and there will be no rubbish removal. There may be a water supply to stand pipes. No Council Tax will need to be paid, as we understand it.
The 12 hutters or hutting families will automatically be members of the Carnock Hutters Group (CHG) which will be a constituted group with various rules and regulations to protect the hutters and the site. The group will enter into a lease agreement with FES through the Community Asset Transfer Scheme. The Thousand Huts campaign will be on hand to guide the hutters through both processes. We believe that if you get all the rules and ‘what ifs?’ sorted out at the start, then you and the other hutters can concentrate on the serious business of relaxation and exploration.
The Register of Interest for the Carnock hut site has now closed.
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