Photograph of the unrestored stables block from the courtyard



Cambo Woods

The 70 acres of woodland around the house, amid 1200 acres of agricultural land, which is farmed by both tenants and in partnership, has been expertly managed by the Erskine family and incorporates walks to the sea which date back to the original design of the landscape in the 18th century. These walks are available to the public at large and recent funding by Leader and Fife Environment Trust has created a purpose built path for the disabled which has opened up a new part of the snowdrop woodland and created access for the disabled to participate in woodland activities.

A roughly semi-circular area of parkland stands to the front of the house and is ornamented with mature specimen trees, with some particularly magnificent, spreading forms. Beyond, are the areas of long-established woodland, a mixed broadleaf planting with some conifers and a varied understorey including evergreens, principally box and holly.

These same woodlands are now the scene of many of the volunteering projects, workshops and activities that Cambo Institute organises as well as forming the backdrop for sculpture and other art exhibits.

The Green Team, Waid Academy’s Skills for Work programme, Community Payback, volunteers in general and children’s workshops are among the many activities which contribute to the continuing management and development of the woodlands for the use of the community at large, at the same time educating and enriching their lives.

Rural Skills Apprenticehips

Cambo Heritage Trust has teamed up with groups including Opportunities Fife, Falkland Centre for Stewardship, The Ecology Centre, Living Solutions and the Forestry Commission to create 85 traineeships in rural skills which will allow young unemployed people to get a foot on the ladder which could lead to a future of employment with good prospects.

Woodlands at Cambo

Woodlands at Cambo

Cambo woods

Woodlands at Cambo

Explorer Scouts

A group of Explorer Scouts from Edinburgh get some practice widening a footbridge and making a new path in the Cambo woods before embarking on a three week International Expedition and Community Project to Uganda to build an adventure playground for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.