The Findhorn Village Conservation Company
TFVCC values that visitors choose to spend their leisure time with family and friends in Findhorn, we have missed them. To help care for Findhorn and each other we ask that we all work together to make it easy as possible for us all to do the right thing.
Know the Guidelines
Our local businesses are working hard to keep everyone safe and are following within the relevant guidelines. Please help them by following their instructions. Remember they are also finding this a challenging time and are working to provide a safe environment for you to enjoy.
We ask that visitors keep up to date with the guidelines, understand their responsibilities, adhere to social distancing and protect Findhorn, respecting any local measurers that have had to be put in place to ensure everybody is as safe as possible.
We ask that visitors research and plan for their trips taking into account available facilities, toilet provisions etc. Be prepared to flex your plan to help us care for our special environment. Be responsible and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code
We ask our visitors that if ‘it feels too busy it is too busy’, be prepared to be flexible, move on and save your visit for another day.
HELP US TO KEEP FINDHORN BEAUTIFUL AND SAFE
UPDATE 06 AUGUST 2020
It is with regret that TFVCC has had to take the decision NOT to permit tents to pitch in the Dunes area around the West and East Beach car parks. This includes the area known as Henry’s Green. TFVCC are trying to balance tourism in support of local business, protect the delicate environment and manage the impact of visitor numbers on the residents of Findhorn. Unfortunately a few irresponsible people have made this very difficult.
This decision has been taken following challenging situations by some ‘wild campers’ who are not following the Scottish Outdoor Code. They have been pitching their tents in view of residences, lighting fires, despite signage requesting no open fires. A number of fires have been fuelled through the vandalism of car park fencing. as well as Irresponsible toilet habits, despite the nearby toilet block being open.
We have seen a very high number of motorhomes using the West Beach car park, we are restricting number of motorhomes staying overnight to 21. We ask motorhome visitors to support us in managing this, if you see it is busy please do as the Scottish Government advice and look for alternative sites. We want everyone to enjoy and be safe in Findhorn please help us to do this.
Alternative motorhome sites in area:
- Findhorn Bay Caravan Park
- Silver Sands, Lossiemouth
- West Beach Caravan Park, Hopeman
- The Old Mill Caravan Park, Forres
- Burghead Beach Caravan Park, Burghead
The West Beach car park has a number of refuse collection bins, PLEASE if they are full please find an alternative bin at the Car Park or take your rubbish home.
This weekend forecast is for a lovely few days, we hope that residents and visitors can all enjoy this beautiful area. Please remember all our local businesses are working hard to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit to Findhorn, please help them by following their instructions and observe social distancings.
Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Code
UPDATE 14 JULY 2020
The toilet block at the West Beach Car Park is now open. Moray Council opened the toilet block following a deep clean. The toilets will be cleaned twice a day and hand sanitisation points and information notices are in place. We hope that everyone follows the information provided by Moray Council, keeping them available and safe for everyone. This is a great step forward as we can now open up the West Beach Car Park to motor homes.
Motor homes please use the large area on the right as you come into the car park. Please park 6 meters apart. Bins are provided, please ensure all rubbish is put inside the bins. If full please use another bin or take home. We ask that you remember that this area is a fragile environment, help us to look after it.
- The maximum stay for motor homes is 36 hours
- There is no facility for disposal of toilet cassettes
- We ask that there are no fires above the high water mark
- Be responsible with BBQ, ensuring they are fully extinguished before disposal
- Dogs are to be kept under control
- Please clear up after your dog
PLEASE LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS
Please note, there is no overnight stay at the East Beach Car Park, please help us protect this area. There are no toilet facilities and limited rubbish bins. The road to the East Beach Car Park is not suitable for vehicles, only bicycles, pedestrian, and wheels with care.
HELP US TO KEEP FINDHORN BEAUTIFUL AND SAFE
Update 02 July 2020
We have been advised by Moray Council that the Findhorn West Beach Public Toilet block, the one that is in the middle of the car park, is planned to be re-opened from 13 July 2020.
Facilities will be deep-cleaned before re-opening, with signage installed to encourage users to socially distance and observe high hygiene standards. Sanitising stations will be securely mounted at the entrance to toilets for use on entry and exit, and toilets will be cleaned twice daily by Moray Council’s toilet attendants.
More information on Moray Council web site:
Update 01 July 2020
Currently the Findhorn West Beach Car Park is partially open for cars only. There are no toilet facilities. Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Code.
If the car park is full please do not block access roads around the village.
Unfortunately, we are not able to open the West Beach Car Park for overnight stays for motorhomes. This is due to no toilet facilities and we are awaiting decision on our Change of Use planning application with Moray Council. We appreciate that this will be disappointing, we hope that we will be able to update you soon on planning application progress.
The East Beach Car Park remains NO OVERNIGHT parking
The Dunes Road is not suitable for vehicles. Pedestrians, cycles and wheels access with care.
Litter bins are limited, if possible, please take your litter home. If not possible please ensure litter is put into a bin, if the bins are full do not leave beside bin, take home or find a bin with capacity. We are working with Moray Council to have extra bins in place as soon as possible.
The dunes area is very dry, which heightens the fire risk, we ask that you do not have open fires above highwater line. Please respect the local environment. We have had instances of the fencing being vandalised for fires, this is not acceptable and negatively impacts it for others. If you have a disposable BBQ please ensure it is extinguished fully and that it is preferably taken home for disposal. Please do not leave on the beach, dunes or car park. They are a danger to people and wildlife.
HELP US TO KEEP FINDHORN BEAUTIFUL AND SAFE
BEACH CAR PARKS
Thank you for your support and patience and we look forward to welcoming you back to Findhorn.The Scottish Government announced a phased approach to lifting some of COVID 19 restrictions, starting on Friday 29th May 2020.
The guidelines advised that going for exercise should be restricted to a distance of 5 miles and preferably by walking or on bicycle. In answer to a question from the media on this subject the First Minister stated her advice would be not to open car parks if they were already closed.
There are no open toilets in the car park and that is not an ideal situation if large numbers of people visit the area. For now the car park and beach road will remain closed.
We will review and consider opening some of the car park in a phased way in line with other organisations.
29 May 2020
MOTOR HOMES VISITORS
PLEASE FOLLOW THE GOVERNMENT ADVISE AND DO NOT PUT EXTRA PRESSURE ON LIMITED RESOURCES
FINDHORN VILLAGE POLITELY ASKS THAT YOU RETURN TO YOUR HOMES, WHERE YOU CAN SOCIALLY DISTANCE AND/OR ISOLATE YOURSELVES.
FINDHORN IS A SMALL VILLAGE IN AN AREA WITH LIMITED RESOURCES. OUR HEALTH CARE SERVICES ARE ORGANISED IN LINE WITH OUR POPULATION, ADDED VISITORS AT THIS TIME WILL PUT UNNECESSARY STRAIN ON HEALTH AND OTHER RESOURCES.
PLEASE RETURN TO YOUR HOMES AND DO NOT USE FINDHORN, MORAY AND THE HIGHLANDS AS AN ISOLATION UNIT.
WHEN WE HAVE COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS DIFFICULT TIME, WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU BACK.
BE RESPONSIBLE AND THINK OF OTHERS
Moray Council can be contacted between 08:45 – 17:00 on 0300 123 4561. Out of hours emergency number 03457 565656. Police can be contacted on 101 for advice.
24 March 2020
Risk of Fire & Littering
Now that the Winter has passed, visitor numbers are increasing and TFVCC extend a warm welcome to visitors old and new to the village. To ensure Findhorn remains enjoyable for all, we would like to highlight a few points for your attention during your visit.
As you may be aware, there have been a number of wildfires across Scotland over the last few weeks. Due to the current dry weather conditions we ask, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, that the public refrain from lighting open fires in the beach, car park and dunes areas. Full guidance on lighting fires under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, including rights and responsibilities, can be found here.
We would also like to remind visitors that although the village and beach car park bins are emptied frequently through the week, there may be times when you find bins are full. If you find this to be the case, we request that you do not leave litter lying next to the bin or in open spaces. Please take your litter home to be disposed of appropriately. As well as making the area unsightly, litter and flytipping pose a threat to public health. Penalties can be imposed by the police, local authorities and public bodies to anyone who is caught littering or flytipping. Further information on litter in Scotland can be found here.
We hope that you enjoy your visits to Findhorn, please help us to leave only footprints.
Beach Car Park Annual Pass
Following feedback from users of the Beach Car Park, TFVCC are offering the opportunity for users to pay an annual donation of £25 for car parking at the Beach Car Park. To apply, please download and complete this form and return with payment to Findhorn Village Conservation Company, Findhorn Village Centre, The Old School, Church Place, Findhorn, Moray. IV36 3YR.
Prize draw to be held at the Armstrong Garage Celebration on Saturday 18th August.
Raffle tickets still available to purchase from Directors, at the event or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
AGM PRESENTATIONS 2018
Click here for the TFVCC AGM Chairman's presentation.
Click here for the TFVCC Traffic & Parking Consultation presentation. Full findings of the consultation to follow at a later date.
PARKING FEES - NORTH SHORE.
A parking fee system for cars and campervans has been introduced at the North Shore parking area. This was included in the original business plan when TFVCC acquired the land around the village and is part of the strategy to be able to continue to run this charity with balanced incomes and outgoings.
Unfortunately, managing this land does incur necessary running costs and it is essential that we gain sufficient income to cover this. TFVCC runs with no profit. All money collected will be used entirely to cover the necessary costs of sustaining and improving the area for all to enjoy.
The system is based on the use of an honesty box, which is emptied daily.
Previous News Items.
Freelance Development Project Officer
The Company has appointed David Maclean, a creative freelance Development Project Officer, with specific responsibility for the newly aquired land and garages in Findhorn village.
David will be working at the Findhorn Village Centre every Tuesday. Please feel free to come and say hello and discuss any issues or suggestions you may have with him.
Exciting News: Garage site purchase successfully concluded!
The Company is excited to announce that the purchase of the garage site was finalised on 9th January 2018.
Very early days but, after a quick tidy up, these garages and parking spaces on the site will be available to let. The letting policy and application forms are available via the "Garages" page of this site.
Please get applications in by Sunday 11th February for allocation of the first group of garages, which will be available for occupation soon. The allocation (and draw from a hat if over subscribed) of places will take place on Wednesday 14 th February.
Hopefully this will meet the demand of local people who wish to use these facilities whilst raising necessary income to pay back the loan the Company took to close the gap from the grant funding as well as providing funds for further improvements.
Donations or loans would also still be welcomed to help pay back the loan - please click here to download form.
Further information in "Garages".
Final Accounts to March 2017 published - see link from Minutes page.
The Findhorn Village Conservation Company
Excited to announce garage funding
The Company is excited to announce that it has reached another major milestone by securing grant funding of £180,500, from the Scottish Land Fund, which would contribute £161,500 towards the purchase the Garage site in the centre of Findhorn which has historically been used for storing boats and contains buildings previously used as workshops and garages.
The Company has registered a community right to buy on this site which has been owned by the same family since 1929. Continuing to have ownership of this land by the people of Findhorn would be an excellent strategic fit for the future development of the village, as it is centrally located and would offer options to bring new vibrancy and life into the village itself. In addition to the extra facilities that this could provide, it would generate rental income – an essential ingredient to provide a stable platform for the Company’s, and Findhorn’s, further development aims.
TFVCC (The Findhorn Village Conservation Company) is a community led and controlled company limited by guarantee with charitable status. We were set up in 2011 and our membership is open to anyone on the electoral roll living in the postcodes of Findhorn village.
Across Scotland, land is being bought by communities who wish to remove the uncertainty inherent in private ownership. Land ownership by the community will unlock tangible assets, but it is the intangible skill and determination of people that will see opportunities and accomplish projects - for Findhorn village we will need both.
With strong community backing we applied to the Scottish Land fund and have been successful in our bid to buy the residual Novar Estates land in Findhorn. Currently our solicitors are in the process of finalising the conveyancing, which will be completed by the end of March 2016.
"Good place-making can provide communities with an important cultural context; a sense of pride and belonging; and a sense of local and national identity. It can provide environments which function well; link well with surrounding settlements and provide attractive areas in which to socialise, to move around and to do business."
Our vision is the sustainable stewardship of the natural and built environment of Findhorn.
The Findhorn village photograph courtesy of Coast2Coast Architects, Findhorn