We are a funding body which can provide money to projects which help people get on the water to paddle. The hard work is done by the people who plan and execute the projects, our many thanks to those who have helped our sport.
Perthshire Blackwater Steps
The Blackwater is one of Scotland’s most popular Grade 4 white water rivers. It is also easily accessible being only a half hours drive from Perth.
The egress from the river is via a steep 30m high bank. The ascent of this is made possible by wooden steps and rope handrails. This were installed some 10? years ago but over the last winter they have deteriorated significantly and are no longer safe to use.
Urgent remedial work is required as kayakers descending the river may not be aware of the state of the egress path until they reach the get out at which point they would be trapped/forced to climb the unsafe steps.
A local contractor who has in the past undertaken similar work for the SCA has given a price for the repairs to the stairs and handrails/ropes as between £750 and £900.
AJ Fund has agreed to fund 100% of costs up to £900.
River Cononish Access Signs
Signs describing car access to private road. We provided £414 for the project.
Fort William Tailrace
Revived project to build a white water course at the outflow of the Fort William smelter. AJFund has agreed to contribute £1200 towards the initial feasibility study and setup of this exciting project. The project was previously attempted in 2010.
Old video of the railrace
AJ Fund has agreed to pay for a Portaloo on River Spey at Ayeon Pool on Ballindalloch estate for 2017.
Paddlesport Infrastructure Improvements at Seaton Park, Aberdeen.
1) Access and Egress points – “Assisted Disabled Access”.
2) Erosion Control – Multi-tiered willow spilling for the loose and eroding bank areas, a harder rock “nose cone” for the head of the island.
3) Improvements to the whitewater environment. Drop structures that will focus the energy and flow available into more appealing and exciting rapids for paddlesport.
A number of grants are being sought and the club has undertaking fundraising. The AJ Fund has agreed to contribute £1000 towards this worthy project, should it be needed.
River Spey Bank Stabalisation at Aviemore
Over the last few years the bankside erosion in the vicinity of the river access point at the Old Bridge Inn carpark, Dalfaber Road, Aviemore, has started to accelerate. A few more large flood events like those experienced last winter and there is a chance of considerable loss of bankside & vegetation along the whole section, changing the characteristics of the area for ever. The site is currently a highly visible local beauty spot and popular village amenity, used by locals and visitors alike. It is one of the main access points to the River Spey and is regularly used by local outdoor access providers as a safe and accessible spot from which beginners can launch kayaks and open boats. The project is for the construction of sustainable riverbank protection using a two tier willow bank system around the eroded sections of riverbank.
The AJ Fund has agreed to contribute £1000.
Luncarty Steps on the Tay
Following consultation with the SCA, the fund has spent £1,150 building new egress steps on the River Tay. These are approx a mile downstream of the take out at Thistlebrig and provide an easier route up to the road and your shuttle vehicle. Our thanks go to the individuals and clubs who have so far contributed to the costs of this project. They are:
- Kirkcaldy Canoe Club
- Fife Canoeing Activities Group
- Beyond Adventure
- East Lothian Canoe Club
- Drumchaple and Clydebank Kayak Club
- Eddie Palmer (who has collected donations from the paddlers on the riverbank)
- Edinburgh Kayak Club
- BRC Grange Canoe Club
Massive thanks to Mary Connacher for all her hard work driving this project.
If you would like to donate towards the cost of this project, please go to our My Donate page.
River Orchy Footpath and Car Park
The Andy Jackson Fund for Access was one of the funders of the new footpath at the Eas Urchaidh waterfall on the River Orchy.
The total cost of the riverside trail and new car park near the take-out was £148,350 (excluding VAT). The £5,000 contribution from the Andy Jackson Fund allowed the leverage of other public funds including a SportScotland Grant of £66,537 and a contribution from Forest Enterprise Scotland, who commissioned the work, of £76,313. The Scottish Rafting Association contributed £500.
Robin Cole, of the Scottish Canoe Association and Andy Jackson Trust said:
“The Orchy is one of Scotland’s best rivers for white water kayaking and as such attracts enthusiasts from all parts of the UK and from abroad.
“Most participants have to carry their boats around the difficult Eas a Chathaidh falls. This used to involve wading through deep mud and it was often said that the portage around the falls was as dangerous as descending the falls themselves.
“The new footpath has changed all this, making the descent of the river a safer and more pleasant experience. The Andy Jackson Trust and its partner the Scottish Canoe Association is delighted to have assisted in making this long held ambition into reality.”
Steps at Netherton on River Black Water
Worked with SCA, we provided half the funding at £162.50.
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Steps on the River Garry
Steps on Garry at one of the popular white water take outs in Scotland and a venue for the Wet West Paddle festival with £500 towards total cost of £4,000+.
To SCA for Land Reform Consultation
During the year we supported the SCA in preparing a submission to the Land Reform consultation £500.
Supported building steps at Knockando,
Again on the Spey both with funding and by holding monies for the project.
Craigellachie Canoe Park
On the Spey, below Aberlour, for parking boats at night safely by the river.