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Northmavine Community Development Company Ltd.

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NCDC exists to help Northmavine grow, economically, socially and culturally and has been active since 2004. Their motto is “We fight da Slokkin o da Light!” They are intent on making their community an even better place to live, work and visit.   

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Northmavine forms the northerly part of the Shetland Mainland beyond the narrow isthmus of Mavis Grind, with spectacular coastal and inland scenery, wildlife, crafts, great food and drink, and most importantly welcoming people. It is also one of the most vibrant, hard-working communities in the isles. Home to fishing, aquaculture, crofting, tourism and, of course, the aert-kent, hurricane-proof Polycrub, the undercover grow-tunnel designed and produced by social enterprise Nortenergy, a subsidiary of NCDC.

In addition to the thriving Polycrub business, NCDC is also the driving force behind the community-owned Hillswick Shop and the Bruckland SCRAN Recycling facility. Over the years, they have successfully supported and delivered a wide portfolio of projects, including wind and solar energy projects, rural housing, guidebooks, the Chelsea Flower Show Shetland Crofthouse Garden’s relocation to North Roe, toilet and tourist facilities at the Collafirth Pier, the legendary Glusstonberry Festival – the list goes on.

In 2008/9 NCDC undertook a project to increase fruit and veg growing in Northmavine, building 12 large grow-tunnels across the community and enabling over 50 people to grow a wide range of produce undercover. This project also brought the world the original structure that would become the Polycrub, which is now a registered trademark. All profits from Ploycrub production are ploughed back into the community. In 2021, NCDC is returning to the theme of local food production. Folk in Northmavine rear, catch and grow great produce and they aim to build on that in numerous ways, from supporting individuals and groups to grow their own, to helping producers to sell direct to their consumers.


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