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Posted 02/10/2022
By: Kayleigh Tipper

The project is progressing well, and Directors are continuing to work with the consultants to plan the building of the two x 2-bed bungalows, which will be built on the land at the end of Johnston’s Road. The majority of the funds for the project are expected to be provided from the Island & Rural Housing Fund. 

Our consultants have produced the final design for the builds (please view below), following the Housing Needs Survey conducted in our community earlier this year. Each property will have its own garden and parking. We are on track to commence building in 2023, and we will keep provide updates as the project progresses. 

Housing Project Plan

Posted 18/08/2022
By: Helen Castle

We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of our employee, Eleanor.

Eleanor joined REWDT as our Countryside Management Ranger in August 2021, to take our Trumland Project forward. We were impressed with her energy and enthusiasm for the project, and in that time she made a positive contribution to REWDT and our community. Eleanor had a passion for nature, evidenced in her excellent work with local organisations over the last year, and she formed many friendships with local people after moving to Rousay last August.

In her role with REWDT, Eleanor was working on the creation of a pathway and viewpoint on the Trumland land; this work will be continued, which will be her legacy for years to come.

I know that many of you are keen to pay your respects to Eleanor and are disappointed at not having the opportunity to do so on Saturday, but rest assured we will be doing something special to remember Eleanor; please look out for details in the usual places in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, our thoughts are with Eleanor’s family and friends.  

Posted 21/07/2022
By: Helen Castle

Please click here for details of the 3 paid Heritage positions

Please contact Anne Bignall  or Natalie Bain  if you are interested in helping with these projects.  If you have any issues getting through, please let me know at the REW DT office 821229.

Aside from the above, any members who are interested in getting involved in any way with ongoing local history research, and would like to meet up to find out more, please let either myself or Jacqui Marwick know
Please contact me in the first instance.  Thank you.

Posted 18/07/2022
By: Helen Castle

We currently have 2 outside allotment plots available £20.00 each or the year and 3 poly tunnel plots available at £10 each for the year.

If you would like a plot, please contact either Helen on 821229 or or phone Ian on 07879 496686

Happy Gardening.

Posted 06/07/2022
By: Helen Castle

Thank you to all those who came to the AGM on 28 May 2022.  Please find the draft minutes here.

The approved AGM minutes from the 27 February 2021 can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you all at next year's AGM

Posted 14/06/2022
By: Helen Castle

Following a number of recent incidents, and so that we can continue to keep the playpark open, we would like to remind parents and guardians about a couple of important rules!

* The playpark equipment is provided for the enjoyment of children up to 12 years of age only.

* As always, children using the facility should be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Children should never be left unattended in the playpark. 

Please help us to keep the playpark clean and safe, as we really don't want to resort to closing the facility. 

Posted 28/04/2022
By: Helen Castle

Sale of Reconditioned Heat Smart Orkney Equipment

The equipment is being sold via a ‘sealed bid’ system, contact the office or go to the website for details and the form. All equipment has been checked by R S Merrimans as in good working order and is sold as seen. There are no guarantees with the equipment and REWDT will not be responsible for the equipment once collected.  Delivery/collection is to be arranged by the successful bidder with Eric Shortland (who is storing the equipment for REWDT).

The following items are for sale: -


Megaflo Hot Water Cylinders - 200L, 250L & 300L

Dimplex Cadiz 3kw Portable Heaters and

Dimplex Quantum Storage Heaters QM70, QM100, QM125 & QM150

15 May 2022 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Eric Shortland’s Shed to view.

any questions, or for a copy of the bid form, call us on 821 229, email or click here to download the form

Posted 28/04/2022
By: Helen Castle

The Directors are continuing to work with the consultants to plan the building of the two x 2-bed bungalows, which will be built on the land at the end of Johnston's Road.

To see the final design click here

Each property will have its own garden and parking.  We are on track to commence building in 2023.  More information to follow over the ocming months.


Posted 01/12/2021
By: Kayleigh Tipper

The Pier Site

We are very pleased to share with you that our project consultant will be visiting Rousay this month, to hold discussion group sessions with our community. The consultant will be holding multiple sessions on the weekend of Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December. 

'The Pier' building was purchased by REWDT in January 2020, following a period of leasing the property. The first part of this post-purchase consultation phase was rolled out at the end of 2020, with a survey sent to every adult resident in our community. The feedback was collated by the independent consultants and published in the form of a report, which we shared with the community in February 2021. 

Although the survey gave us great insight into what people in our community are thinking about the future of The Pier site, this next phase will be in the form of small discussion groups, to enable us to focus in on the key points raised so far, and to narrow down the options for the site, ready for an Options Appraisal. There will be a short presentation about the project, followed by an open discussion between members of the community and an experienced, independent consultant. 

Some of you may feel like we have been here before, as we already produced a short survey on The Pier prior to purchase, but this consisted of a list of options, and there are a number of complex decisions to be made. In effect, what we have done since last year, is go back to the beginning of the consultation process, in order to ensure that we capture everything, with a thorough consideration of the suggestions put forward by the community, in order to make best use of the site and our resources, which the Board believes is better for the long-term success of the project. 

We intended for the next part of the consultation to commence promptly following the survey, but Covid-19 restrictions prevented us from being able to hold larger gatherings, including being unable to hire a suitable premises in our community. It was really important to us that the consultation is carried out here in the community rather than online, so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to take part. We have only recently been able to confirm hire of the School, and things have moved very quickly following this confirmation. 

Finally, The Pier site is still closed, for safety reasons, following an oil leak at the site last year and the ongoing assessment by the insurer. We realise it is incredibly frustrating to see the building closed and unused, especially now that things are beginning to open up again. It is clear that there is an array of opinions in the community about how best to use the building, but we are generally aligned on two things: firstly, that the building should be brought back into use for people in our community; and, secondly, that the site has an opportunity to make a positive contribution to our community, in whatever form the project takes. The scope and nature of the development at the site will be guided by this consultation process with our community.

Our Board hopes that as many people as possible will take part in the discussions with the consultant, whatever your views on the project or its progress to date, as we want to get a fair representation of the views in our community, and these contributions will have a direct impact on the future of the project.

To help us manage attendee numbers, pre-booking your attendance at the consultation sessions is essential. You can book online here (on Eventbrite), or please email us ( or telephone 01856 821229. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Posted 23/11/2021
By: Helen Castle

VAO and the Island Wellbeing Project have launched a new self-management group for anybody living with a long-term condition on the ferry-linked isles. Participants will have an opportunity to meet others, learn self-management techniques from qualified tutors and to hear from expert speakers.

Joining the group is free. You need to be aged 18+, living on one of the ferry-linked isles and have a long-term condition.

Sign-up at:

Posted 02/12/2020
By: Helen Castle

For information from Orkney Scam Action Group on how to avoid scams, please click here

Posted 27/07/2020
By: Helen Castle

The Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust has teamed up with The UHI Archaeology Institute to support islanders during and beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic. Fieldwork activities on Rousay in 2020 (e.g. Skaill farm and Swandro) have been postponed. This project provides an opportunity to support residents (young and old) to discover, access and enjoy archaeology and heritage resources on the internet.

The digital resource pack is designed to provide islanders with a basic guide and links to online archaeology and heritage resources. This will support training sessions where participants can undertake their own research, or this pack can be used for general interest.

Go to the Heritage page for more information and a link to the resource pack.

To register an interest in the project contact Dan Lee on

Posted 09/06/2020
By: Helen Castle

This programme is open to people who are most affected by the Coronavirus pandemic i.e. those on the shielded list or those in group 2 (those who are clinically vulnerable/ eligible for the flu jab).

Through this scheme, those who do not have access to the internet and are eligible, are gifted a device and initial connectivity. This is an effort to help those who do not have the existing means to keep in touch with family and friends remotely and possible access services to help and support them during this time.

If you think you are eligible please contact Kerry Spence at OIC 01856 873535 ext. 2425.

Posted 24/03/2020
By: Helen Castle

The Covid‐19 Government changes regarding Phase 2 relating to the opening of play parks is good news! As of 29th June, Brinian Play Park will re‐open.

Thank you for your patience and stay safe when playing, have fun!

Posted 23/03/2020
By: Helen Castle

For the REW DT Articles of Association please click here

Posted 06/03/2019
By: Helen Castle

The REW DT Directors and staff are thrilled to hear that they have been successful in their application and will received £260,000 for the purchase of land at Trumland estate.

The project will create two employment opportunities, a Project Office and a Ranger post. The project will create environmentally safe accessible walkways to allow access to the new viewing points and picnic areas, the provision of public toilets at Saviskaill beach and the possibility of using the land to enhance digital connectivity.

Ellie Roberts has been appointed as the Project Officer.  One of her main roles is to help facilitate the Trumland Land purchase and then to develop, and find funding for, the related projects as voted for in the last community survey.  The purchase process is extremely complex and is likely to take some months yet so, meantime, Rachael has been researching the possibilities for creating access paths to viewing points at the top of Kierfea and nearby the big community turbine at Kingarly.

The Ranger post will be advertised later in the year and will involve looking at the control of invasive species and the promotion of the land and everything it has to offer. 

Posted 06/03/2019
By: Helen Castle

The final version of the survey can be downloaded here for Adults, for Primary School children here and for Secondary School age here.  The first survey question was 'What would you especially like the trust to do for you?', the answers received have been collated as a 'Mind Map' and can be viewed here.  Hard copies will be placed around the three islands for people to read too.

The directors will use the report to improve services where possible and start projects linked to the report findings. There will be more updates on the DT's progress here and in future Reviews but we would like to hear from any individual or group regarding your ideas on how we can best serve our community and move forward the survey's findings.