Rousay Eglisay & Wyre Development Trust

Rousay Eglisay & Wyre Development Trust

On behalf of the Development Trust we would like to welcome you to Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre.

Our three islands are home to a community of approximately 260 people.  These residents worked together to form our Development Trust in September 2006, with a view to tackling our local issues and improving the quality of life for those living in our communities.  Our aim, broadly, is to help our three beautiful islands to be both vibrant and sustainable.

To achieve this we gather ideas from our residents; identify projects; and with the aid of funding obtained via Government and social initiatives or by the funds we produce from our turbine, turn these ideas into projects or community assets.  In recent years we have constructed the 900kW community-owned wind turbine, provided community gardens, introduced wifi centres, sought ways to make our homes and community buildings warmer and cheaper to run, introduced a grants and bursaries scheme, and we regularly organise the annual Rousay Lap Half Marathon.  Further details of these, and other projects we are currently working on, can be found on this website.

Many of the UKs smaller islands have similar issues to ours, such as, a population decline (especially amongst the young), an ageing population, below average recreational facilities, a decline in traditional industries, limited employment opportunities, low wages and fuel poverty. 

Our Development Trust is trying to further enhance the quality of life, preserve our community and secure our future.  All island residents over the age of 18 can apply to become a member of the Trust.  Our directors are elected from within the membership, by the members themselves, and the combined Board makes decisions on what projects the Trust should develop, to try and meet these aims.

To become a full member, with voting rights, you will need to be on the local electoral role and live on one of our three islands.  If you are not on the electoral roll yet, you can become an associated member.

We very much hope that you will help us make a great future for our islands.

Link to our old website

Forthcoming events

REW DT 2017 Community Survey

The 2017 Community Survey is currently underway and needs the residents of Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre to give their thoughts! Emma Soames will be conducting this survey on behalf of the REW DT and Emma has sent emails to those residents that get communications via email from the Development Trust, so please check your inboxes.Emma will be making contact with all other properties as soon as she can but if you’ve not heard an...

REWDT 2017 Annual General Meeting

Thank you to everyone who came along to our AGM on Saturday.  It was lovely to see so many of you there.Special thanks to Peter, Stacey & Michael from THAW who gave an interesting pres...

2017 Rousay Lap

The 9Th Rousay Lap Half Marathon...

Live projects

Since March 2012 the community-owned wind turbine on Kingarly Hill has been subjected to higher level... Discover more...