The Osprey Feather and the Horse and Cart arrived on site on 17th May and was formally opened on 25 May 2013 as part of the Osprey Festival! See the photos on our Facebook page and follow us to keep in touch with future developments.
About the project
The Heritage Project aims to assist the development of the community by enhancing accessibility to and understanding of our local heritage and attracting new visitors to the village and we have been able to bring this to fruition with the support of CNPA, who has helped us secure funding for the final phase of the project from the Scottish Government. Read CNPA’s press release. Interpreting and accessing the natural environment around Boat of Garten and the industrial heritage of the Steam Railway are the key components of the project. It creates a focal point with interpretative and cultural elements at Station Square, which gives people an understanding of how the village developed after the arrival of the steam railway in 1868 and its continuing influence on the community.
The Osprey is celebrated here with a magnificent sculpture specially commissioned by the Community Company and the industrial history is represented by the Horse and Cart sculpture. The information hub and associated leaflets guide residents and visitors along a network of paths to access viewpoints; bird hide; Scots pine woodland; RSPB Osprey Centre and places of historical interest. The project has developed from our interpretation plan and is in several phases; we expect to add new phases, developing ideas from residents, as the earlier ones are completed. It is being developed with the co-operation of the Strathspey Steam Railway Company, the Boat Hotel, Cairngorms Bike & Hike and the Cairngorms National Park Authority.
The Information Hub was installed following the awarding of planning permission of all elements of the project – the hub, the horse and cart sculpture and the osprey feather sculpture – by the Cairngorms National Park Authority last March.