Walkers and wildlife in Peebles set to benefit from Scottish Land Fund
A neglected conifer plantation that is the only location in Scotland of the Currant Shoot Borer Moth, Lampronia capitella, and is popular with walkers, will now be protected as part of the latest round of grants totalling £770,255 from the Scottish Land Fund.
Peebles Community Trust receives £48,765 to purchase 17 acres of Eshiels Wood in Peebles and bring it into community ownership in order to enhance the landscape and biodiversity, improve public access and safeguard a cycle route, which runs alongside the River Tweed through an environmentally sensitive area.
Laurie Hayworth, Chairman, Peebles Community Trust, said: “The woodland is popular with walkers, picnickers and cyclists and there were fears that it could be sold to a commercial concern and clear-felled. Recent legislation has made it easier for communities to buy assets owned by public bodies and the group intends to enhance the environment while demonstrating innovative woodland management techniques.”
The woodland is amongst seven projects to benefit from the latest round of cash made available from the Scottish Land Fund for the purchase of land and building assets.
Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham said of today’s grants: “I would like to extend my congratulations to the successful projects. Today’s funding award will allow them to act on ambitious plans to give potentially under-utilised buildings and land a better use, to the current and future benefit of their local communities.”
John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair, said: “Through repurposing vacant buildings, acquiring land in order to build new facilities and enhancing the local environment, groups from the Highlands to the Scottish Borders are using the Scottish Land Fund to realise impressive plans for land and other community assets. Projects like these make a big impact and not just on their local communities, they also provide inspiration to other groups who are still in the early stages of drawing up plans.”
Sandra Holmes, Head of Community Assets at HIE, said: “These seven groups are working really hard to make their community ambitions a reality and it’s great that they have secured SLF funding to help achieve this. The awards will bring important land, buildings and services into community ownership and give them the resources and control they need to deliver exciting projects for the benefit of people living and visiting their areas. We wish them all the very best in their new ventures.”
Other projects receiving Scottish Land Fund cash today are:
Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT)
Award - £257,266
This group will purchase land adjacent to the community-owned pontoon at Ulva Ferry on the Isle of Mull and develop a Shore Facilities building to provide a social meeting space for the community and facilities for visitors. It will have bunk rooms, office rental space, showers, toilets, laundry, car park and camper van hook-ups.
Tobermory Harbour Association (THA)
Award - £99,307
This group will purchase the old sawmill, boathouse, pier and slipway in Aros Park on Mull, together with the surrounding land, as a springboard towards the regeneration of the area for tourists and the local community.
Award - £61,750
This group in St Andrews aims to buy a small, neglected garden on the site of what was Greyfriars Chapel and create a poetry garden that reflects the site’s history and its connections with Mary, Queen of Scots, who gifted the through plaques and poems including facilities for people with disabilities and sensory impairment.
Isle of Kerrera Development Trust
Award - £119,167
This group will convert the former Kerrera School into a community hub for locals and visitors.
Glentrool & Bargrennan Community Trust
Award - £40,000
This group will transform Glentrool Primary School in Dumfries and Galloway into a multi-use community facility with a self-catering unit for disabled visitors.
Award - £144,000
This group will purchase the former Wallace Primary School in the village of Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway, and redevelop it as studios, offices, hot-desking facilities, workshops, a performance space, a community kitchen and a creative studio for Wallace Hall Academy students, who have an award-winning design and robotics team.
The Scottish Land Fund is keen to support more applications from across Scotland and particularly within urban areas. Groups considering applying should contact the Big Lottery Fund to discuss their idea at email@example.com or by phoning 0300 123 7110
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