Cally Designed Landscape Project Bags Major Scottish Civic Prize

At the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2011 a commendation was awarded to the Cally Designed Landscape Project, Gatehouse of Fleet.  The award, which is supported by the Scottish Government, was presented by Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs at a special ceremony on 15 March at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.


The project, which was managed by Solway Heritage, was recognised as an exceptional example of a true community project that involved a volunteer force of nearly 200 people.  The repair and restoration of drystone walls in and around the Designed Landscape of Cally Woods, within the Fleet Valley National Scenic Area, was the result of enthusiastic participants and skilled craftsmen.

Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, Roland Kennedy said of the project:
“The judging panel recognise the organisation and skills involved in putting together a plan to repair or rebuild more than 3 kilometres of historic dry stone dykes; to make sound the ruined Lady Anne’s School; and to involve as many local people as possible in the practical clear up of the landscape and dry stone wall building.”

The project, led by Gatehouse Development Initiative, was supported by numerous partners including Heritage Lottery Fund, Leader, Forestry Commission Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Murray Usher Foundation and the Cally Palace Hotel.

The project was nominated for the My Place Awards by Galloway Preservation Society.

Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop said:

“Scottish Ministers are very pleased to support the Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Awards.  We believe that they have a special value in the way they promote the importance of a far greater community focus in development”.

In the picture, left to right are: Billy Craig of Galloway Preservation Society, Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Dr David Steel who is Chairman of Gatehouse Development Initiative, and Nic Coombey of Solway Heritage.

For details about all the projects in competition please visit the gallery of entrants at  For more information about the Scottish Civic Trust visit