The Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust (Scottish Charity no. SCO10250), was established in 1996 to promote and encourage the maintenance and improvement of amenity in Clackmannanshire, through project work on buildings and artefacts of historic or community interest; landscape and natural heritage; and the promotion of sustainable use of the environment.
The Trust evolved out of the Alloa Building Preservation Trust, which was established in 1988 to restore the nationally important Alloa Tower as a visitor attraction. Following restoration, the tower was leased to the National Trust for Scotland.
The Trust is managed by a board of Trustees representing a wide body of expertise and community interests in both the natural and built heritage fields. It includes representatives from the Council, the Erskine family (the former owners of Alloa Tower), community groups and national environmental bodies. The Trust undertakes a variety of projects, which are predominantly directly financed through grants obtained from a variety of national bodies and charities, as well as funding from some local sources. The operation of the Trust is supported by Council staff from Legal Services, the Sustainability Team and the Museum and Heritage Service.
The Trust has undertaken a number of significant built heritage projects following the completion of the Alloa Tower restoration.
Dating from the fourteenth century, Alloa Tower is one of the largest surviving medieval towers in Scotland. Despite having been subject to alterations over the centuries, it retains its timber roof and battlements. It has been home to successive generations of the Earl of Mar, with many royal connections over the centuries. The restored Tower was opened by the Queen in 1997.
The Adam-designed Johnstone Mausoleum, an A listed building dating from 1875, has recently been restored by the Trust. The works included the replacement of the 19th century pitched roof with a glass roof, allowing the viewing of the family memorials for the first time in many years. The Mausoleum is now the only building in the Alva graveyard, following the demolition of St Serf's Church in 1985.
The Trust has undertaken the first phase of restoration on Sauchie Tower, a 15th-century tower house on the margins of the Devon valley. These works have ensured the structural stability of the building and include a temporary roof structure to enable the drying out of the building prior to works to fully restore the tower house. The Trust is currently considering restoration options to bring the building back into use.
The ruins of Tullibody Old Kirk, a Scheduled Monument, have been subject to some recent restoration works - these included the restoration of its interesting bellcote. The Trust has plans to complete the restoration of the structure of the Kirk in the near future.
The Trust is also concerned with enhancing Clackmannanshire's natural heritage and supports initiatives to promote environmental awareness.
In partnership with the landowner, the Trust developed a managed retreat on the lower tidal section of the River Black Devon. The project was designed to address the potential consequences of global warming and sea level rise by creating space for tidal waters to occupy, lowering the risk of upstream flooding as well as increasing local biodiversity. The site was the first winner of the SEPA Habitat Enhancement Award, and the wetland site was extended as part of the Council's restoration of the nearby Black Devon landfill site.
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