The Scottish Rural Parliament is pleased to announce The Rockfield Centre in Oban as the winner of the Rural Innovators Award 2015-16 for Land.
Oban Communities Trust completed the community purchase of the building in less than a year and intends to breathe 21st Century life into the B listed building. The main aim of the Rockfield Centre is to create a cultural ‘hub’ to celebrate art, culture, history and heritage and to embrace education, enterprise and community wellbeing.
National Coordinator of the Scottish Rural Parliament, Emma Cooper said: “The Rockfield Centre is a fantastic project and a great example of rural innovation in the land field. This project received almost 50% of votes in the public poll and has therefore won an all-expenses paid place to attend the Scottish Rural Parliament 2016 to showcase their project to delegates whom we are sure will be extremely interested in this exciting enterprise.”
Gordon McNab, chairman of Oban Communities Trust, the organisation driving the Rockfield Centre forward, said: ‘We are so delighted to have won this award which gives us national recognition at a very early stage. This is indeed a hugely innovative project driven for and by the community and gaining this award shows the public are wholeheartedly behind the plans for The Rockfield Centre.’
The Scottish Rural Parliament are now accepting nominations for young innovators and youth-led projects in rural Scotland, which closes Midnight on 30th September.