The Gatehouse Development Initiative

The Gatehouse Development Initiative exists for the benefit of the Gatehouse Community and provides a framework for the development of projects within the community.

Originally formed by the Community Council as a fundraising arm, it was converted to a charitable company which brought additional benefits in fundraising powers and legal protection for members.  The Initiative continues to work closely with the Community Council.

Amongst a range of benefits, the GDI can save smaller projects the need to be formally established in their own right, can provide support with fundraising, provide insurance, indemnity cover and public liability cover, and provide book-keeping/accountancy services.

Meetings are open to all and membership of the GDI to all Gatehouse residents.  New members and suggestions for new projects are always welcome - meetings are friendly and informal.

Many community groups are represented at meetings which provide for a useful exchange of ideas, and for reporting on the progress of current projects. Most projects are run by project managers who are often the initiator of an idea and who may have their own project team.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every other month in the Community Centre at 7.30pm: February, April, June, August, October and December.


The GDI is a limited company, registered in Scotland with charitable status. The meetings are open to all - and all are very welcome!

If you have a good idea for a project which will benefit the community or make Gatehouse a better place - we would love to hear it ...

Key objectives of the GDI include:

  • To assist with the maintenance, improvement or provision of public amenities.
  • The preservation of buildings or sites of historic or architectural importance.
  • The provision of recreational facilities for the public at large.
  • The protection and conservation of the environment.


Current Projects

Cally Designed Landscape

Project Leader: David Steel

The aim of the project was initially to prepare an overall Management Plan that would provide a framework for the management of this historic designed landscape.  A steering group made up of the representatives of community groups, land agencies, residents and other stakeholders meets regularly.


Cally Boundaries Project

Project Leader: David Steel

Following on from the Cally Designed Landscape report, the Cally Boundaries is a project to reveal and restore drystone dykes in and around the designed landscape of Cally.  Volunteers surveyed the condition of 17km of drystone dyke and cleared undergrowth to reveal the dykes for the restoration to be undertaken by professional dykers.  Dyke building training days allowed volunteers to learn rural skills while restoring historical features which are important to the setting of gatehouse of Fleet. Dykes restored have included both the main boundary walls which are an important feature of the entrance to Gatehouse, and walls within the park itself including the haha and sunken dyke.


Country Market

Project Leader: Ken Smyth

The Country Market is held weekly on Saturday mornings throughout the year. The market sells mainly regional produce and takes place in the main car park next to the Kiosk. It runs from 9.00am - 12.00 noon. Stalls can vary from market to market but regular stalls provide meat, eggs, home baking and smoked produce.


The ECOMANAGEMENT project is an Erasmus+ strategic partnership which brings together six partners in five different European countries for two years (2017-2019). The partners all have wide experience of working with rural communities, particularly in the field of traditional skills. They are also experienced in organizing training & awareness raising, as well as motivating young people, developing well-being of seniors and transferring know-how from one generation to the next. The ECOMANAGEMENT project - yesterday’s knowledge, tomorrow’s know-how - seeks to bring together seniors with traditional skills, young people at risk, citizens and community bodies with a view to transferring traditional skills between the generations and maintaining our rural heritage. More.


Fun Outdoors

Project Leader: Lusi Alderslowe
Fun Outdoors is a new community based project that offers a variety of after-school activities to primary age children in Gatehouse. The aim of the project is to encourage children to have fun and learn new skills in a natural outdoor environment. Focused activities include:  cycle training, foraging, whittling, circus skills, orienteering, litter picking, community gardening and bush-craft. These also support an element of free-play and create space for activities such as den-building,  climbing trees, walking, playing games, nature connection, and paddling.


Nurture in Nature

Project Leader: Karen Slattery
Nurture in Nature is an outdoor playgroup aimed at families with 0-5 year old children that meets outdoors in in the natural environment every week for 4 hours or more throughout the year. All sessions at present have a co-ordinator present through support from the Lottery Communities and Families Fund and this funding enables it to be free to families at present. The first 12 sessions will include specialist leaders to increase parents' skills and confidence. It is hoped that as parents become more familiar with the outdoor activites undertaken, that the project will become self-sustaining. 


Web Site

Project Leader: Ken Smyth

This website is maintained for the community by the GDI. It hopefully provides a helpful range of topics and information, however suggestions for further content is welcome.


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The website is managed by the Gatehouse Development Initiative.  Contact us at or phone 01557 814458.

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