We’re UCDL (Upperlands Community Development Limited). Formed in 1995, the development
group currently comprises a dozen volunteers who care about Upperlands and the people
living and working both in and around the village. We have regular meetings in the
Linenhall Centre at which we discuss the latest and on-going matters relating to
the village and more specifically, to the various projects that UCDL has involvement
in. The group’s main aims are to preserve and improve the social, cultural and economic
aspects of Upperlands.
Our flagship project is the very successful Upperlands Community Hydro-Electric scheme
which has been producing clean ‘green’ energy since 1999. This scheme supplies environmentally
friendly power to Northern Ireland Electricty via a 99 kilowatt water turbine. The
turbine gets its ‘driving force’ from huge water reservoirs located in the nearby
grounds of the oldest Linen manufacturer in Northern Ireland - William Clark and
Sons. The income from the scheme has so far enabled funding construction of the
Linenhall centre, the business units, a pedestrian footbridge across the river and
on-going conversion of a derelict beetling mill into a local history museum.