"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."
We are a registered charity and our aim is to make a difference. We’d really like you to get involved. You could take part in a project, join an event or workshop, offer your skills to another member of the community, volunteer, or become a member as a group or an individual, a friend or a business supporter - or you can help us by sharing your ideas.
- Being heard - you can suggest projects for us to get involved in.
- Being kept up to date – you’ll be first to hear about our news and events.
- Being connected – to likeminded people with a commitment to enhancing our area and improving it for all: environment, health, wellbeing, and realising potential.
From the Gorebridge Circular Walk to Forest Familes and Woodland Wildlings, Newbyres Castle to Crafternoon, click here to view the projects we are currently involved with/delivering.
We are currently delivering three environmental projects: Grow Wild (funded by Kew Gardens) at Newbyres Community Garden, Greening Gorebridge (Climate Challenge Fund/Keep Scotland Beautiful), and the Edible Garden (CGNS) to promote green spaces. Click here for more information on current and past projects.
Gorebridge Community Development Trust is in the process of developing a multi-purpose community hub. The hub will replace the old Brown Building providing a much needed fit for purpose community building. As well as the Beacon, GCDT have supported the CARS Project for the past five years, we are just about to support Gorebridge Connected, click here for more details.
Who Are We?
We are an independent, community owned and charitable organisation working in Gorebridge - we began in 2004 as a response to local residents seeking positive change in the community, and from a growing realisation that worthwhile development can only take place if the people themselves participate in the action, and by supporting in whatever ways possible the efforts of groups and individuals to bring about community improvement.
To date we have undertaken a range of long and short projects from improving here on the Trust website you will find information on past work, present work and the plans for the future and how you can get involved. Built from an industrial past, Gorebridge is a changing and expanding community, there is no time like the present to take part so that the area can be cared for and nurtured for this day so it can be a great place to live, work and play tomorrow. Read More About Us
The Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) announced that 14 environmental projects across Central Scotland, including a local Midlothian project, have benefitted from a green funding boost totalling over £355,000. The Trust is delighted to have been awarded £10,560 to improve the landscape around The Beacon. The money will be used to create an edible garden and a community growing project with raised beds. Workshop sessions will also […] Read More
During the week of the 12th-18th March we were delighted to take part in Zero Waste Scotland #Passiton week. A campaign that support the public to take part in reuse, sharing, swapping and upcycling events across the country. This year their campaign focus was an Musical Instrument Amnesty By the end of the week 4 instruments […] Read More
Subject to funding, GCDT is delighted to announce we are establishing a new Project Team to deliver a series of new and continued environment/food sharing/carbon reduction/circular economy projects. We will be continuing the work of the past two years of carbon reduction (Greening Gorebridge) in Gorebridge and setting up two new elements of the project […] Read More
On the 10th of February we hosted an Alternative Burns Night. It was a really lovely event consisting of poetry, song and food. On the menu was red lentil soup, veggie haggis, neeps and tatties with clootie dumpling to finish. I was both surprised and thrilled at the positive reception that the clootie dumpling, a traditional […] Read More
A great day was had by all yesterday when the sun shone down on us as we cleared the vegetation around the ruins of Newbyres Castle. There was a good turnout of volunteers including archaeology students from Edinburgh University and several men from Midlothian Council who tackled the more intimidating brambles at the back of […] Read More
On Saturday 20th January we mixed together some rails, some hangers and a set of scales + a lively bunch of folk with some lovely preloved clothes to share and together we made… A Community Clothes Swap!!! and it was made even better by the warming soup and salsa cooked by Michaela. We welcomed 8 folk […] Read More