Welcome to Udny
Udny Community Trust Company (UCTC) exists to help the community of Udny to develop. We are a charity registered in Scotland (SC043777) and a company limited by guarantee (SC367392).
Udny is a rural community in Aberdeenshire. It includes the villages of Udny Green, Pitmedden and Hattoncrook.
We are mainly funded by our sister organisation Udny Turbine Company which manages the community owned wind turbine. The funds produced from selling locally produced clean energy are ploughed back into the community.
Benefits for our community
Since UCTC was established in 2011, we have distributed grant funding of just over £470,000, to a grand total of seventy local organisations and good causes, all working for the benefit of our community.
As well as distributing grant funding to local organisations and good causes, we have attracted around £350,000 into the community through national funding bodies such as the Big Lottery and the Scottish Land Fund.
Without their continued support we would not be able to take on such big projects. Our community building on Oldmeldrum Road was bought in March 2020. It will take a while before the refurbishment is complete but so far it offers Cafe48 and room hire.
UCTC earns income for community projects and groups through the profit generated by the wholly community owned Udny Community Wind Turbine Company which is a trading subsidiary.
Udny Community Wind Turbine Company began with an idea from within the community back in 2004. It was critical to check that a community owned turbine was supported and that there were plans in place to spend the potential income once the turbine was producing electricity.
The community joined in with enthusiasm, and a large majority welcomed the proposal. The original site chosen was changed after this consultation process to reduce possible nuisance. The slight reduction on the optimum output was considered a good trade-off as it kept local support high. Not everybody finds wind turbines an attractive addition to the countryside!
As the construction of the turbine was completed, charity rules meant that a separate charitable body had to be formed to handle the revenue for charitable purposes.
UCTC had to be community controlled and led and be eligible for charitable status. Following an extended process UCTC finally received Charitable status in 2014. This was easier said than done and meant complying with both Scots Law and English law to gain recognition.