Community

At the heart of the Estate

Life in Banchory and the Leys Estate are deeply intertwined.  Without a thriving community, Banchory and the surrounding area would suffer.  The Leys Estate group recognises this and strives to provide the facilities and opportunities that help build a thriving community.

Throughout the year we make our land available for major events in the area including the Banchory Beer Festival and many different events at the Milton events field – from flyball competitions to the circus and Caravan Club. In addition, we support the community by making land available for housing – fuelling the continued growth of Banchory and the provision of land for facilities such as the Banchory Sports Village.

We also lease land at nominal rates to a whole host of community enterprises such as Deeside Rugby Club, St Ternan Football Club, Milton Art Gallery and the Deeside Dance Studio.

However, our support doesn’t end there. We are passionate about supporting local events, charitable organisations and individuals whether it is a promising Deeside athlete, annual community event or fundraiser.

 

We have helped build and support The Barn

The Barn began its life as a cultural space in the early 1990s when the estate offered the use of a derelict farm steading and cattle byre as a makeshift rehearsal space for a community play, designed to celebrate the anniversary of 400 years of Crathes Castle and community life in Banchory.

Energised by the success of the play, which involved 200 local people in its making and presentation, a small committee of local residents, artists and supporters took over the Barn, and began the long journey of transforming the former farm site into, what is now, Aberdeenshire’s leading multi-arts venue, welcoming artists, performers and visitors from across the world.

For more information about the Barn, click here.