Who we are

Who we are
The Upper Deeside Access Trust (UDAT) is a non-profit making environmental charity established in Upper Deeside and was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 1st June 1998. Our work is funded by Aberdeenshire Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Enterprise Grampian, The Cairngorms Partnership and Balmoral Estate with shared objectives in protecting the natural heritage, providing for public access and sustainable economic development.

Operational area
Our operational area covers some 110,000 ha of Upper Deeside ranging from Morven to Cairn Toul, the Cairnwell and Lochnagar. For a detailed map of the area click here.

Our twin aims are to help assist public access and enjoyment to the area and to promote its sensitive use, by developing and undertaking a strategy for managing access within Upper Deeside, which balances recreational use with the natural heritage, land management and other interests.

Our work is funded by the member partners and through EU programme schemes. We also raise funds from private sector sponsorship, the national lottery and other sources, and generate income where appropriate through managing visitor facilities, leaflet sales and contracting out our services.

UDAT's management structure includes a Board of Directors who represent the funding partners and a Management Group on which Scottish Enterprise Grampian is also represented. The Project Manager is responsible for managing the company and its resources, and is assisted by an Access Officer and a Trust Administrator to deliver its programme of work.

As a fundamental part of its role, the Trust works closely with land managers, users, the local community and others in the area to help develop and implement projects, and has established an Affiliate Membership to strengthen its links with the wider public.

Membership and contacts
For a current list of the UDAT Board members, management group, staff and affiliate members and how to contact us click here.

Further details about the objectives of the Trust, its membership and formal constitution, are set out in our Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Upper Deeside Access Trust · Unit 1, Aboyne Castle Business Centre, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5JP
Tel: 013398 87777 · Fax: 013398 87785 · Email: info@udat.co.uk

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