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Association of Cairngorms Communities

Formed back in 2004, the Association of Cairngorms Communities (AoCC) provides a platform for active community organisations within the Cairngorms National Park to get together to discuss common issues, share information and encourage joint action.


AoCC is a useful forum for networking with other community representatives, and speaking directly to the people who help to make the policies that affect communities in the National Park. Membership is FREE and open to any group or organisation within the Park boundary.


The aims of AoCC are to promote and represent the shared interest of communities in and around the Cairngorms National Park, for the benefit of the public by:

  • Providing a forum for sharing information, experience and networking
  • Identifying shared issues and encouraging appropriate action
  • Providing communication between the National Park Authority and other relevant organisations to support an exchange of views and information, allowing the National Park Authority to engage with communities and meet all of its statutory aims
  • Providing appropriate support to the membership.


Image showing presentation from Community Land Scotland to a meeting of the Association of Cairngorms Communities
AoCC discussion with Community Land Scotland


The Association also hosts meetings of the Planning Representatives Network (PRN) approximately twice a year. The PRN involves planning contacts from each of the Community Councils and Associations from across the National Park coming together with CNPA staff to discuss planning policies and issues. More information on the Planning system in the National Park is available in our Planning section.


For more information on the AoCC please contact the Chairperson, Val Emmett, tel: 01540 661962.