Energy co-op boost for Glengarry woodlands scheme

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Social enterprise initiative Glengarry Community Woodlands received a funding boost from one of its neighbours recently.

The Great Glen Energy Co-operative handed over a cheque for £3,000 towards a tractor and circular saw to help the community-owned enterprise achieve its plans to cut and sell firewood.

Murdo MacDonald, chairman of the Great Glen Energy Co-operative, commented: ‘Glengarry Community Woodland runs an impressive social enterprise and education programme, and the wood fuel enterprise will be an extension to that.

‘It works closely with Invergarry Primary School and this new project fits in very well with the curriculum and learning life and work skills. We’re delighted to have been able to support this very worthy cause which is very much a community project.’

Glengarry Community Woodlands was set up in 2016 when the community bought a 32-hectare woodland in Invergarry.

It runs a variety of activities and events, including a forest school club for local children, guided wildlife walks and green woodworking courses.

The Great Glen Energy Co-operative has 668 members who collectively own a stake in the Falck Renewables’ Millennium Wind Farm. The co-op offers support to local education initiatives and helps promote the benefits of renewable energy.

 

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Chairman of Great Glen Energy Co-operative Ltd., Murdo MacDonald (right) makes a £3000 donation to Glengarry Community Woodlands Development Officer Tom Cooper (left) with (back row, centre) Felix Paterson Great Glen Energy Vice Chair, Community Woodlands Trustee, Peter Walker and Chair of the Glengarry Trust, Maria MacRae with young Robbie Fraser on the tractor. PICTURE IAIN FERGUSON THE WRITE IMAGE.

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