Described as a ‘hidden gem’ and an SSSI, Lochmill is a small loch and ancient woodland near the Fife town of Newburgh. Owned by Scottish Water, but no longer required as the town reservoir, Lochmill was recently offered for sale.
Last month, the Newburgh Community Trust organised a ballot on whether to take the loch into community ownership under the Community Right to Buy scheme. 55% of the Newburgh folk voted. Of those, 96% said ‘yes’. The matter now goes for approval to Scottish ministers. This will be one of the first community buy-outs in the East of Scotland, and at 60 acres, one of the smallest.
To celebrate, Newburgh residents Kyra Clegg and Kathleen Jamie made this film-poem: Lochmill in Two Weathers.