Grants for Arkaig and Glengarry community forest projects

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Community forest projects at Loch Arkaig and Invergarry shared some of the more than £1.5m handed out in the latest round of grants from the Scottish Land Fund.

Arkaig Community Forest SCIO received £36,088 to purchase an area of woodland that includes Clunes Forest School, to create opportunities for conservation, recreation and outdoor education.

Glengarry Community Woodland was awarded £25,189 to buy three acres of land in order to improve access to the community woodland, provide space for events and to set up a tourist accommodation business

The cash is part of a total of £1,586,389 which was shared between 11 projects.

Lorraine Servant, of Arkaig Community Forest, said: ‘This funding will enable our community to purchase the land and Forest School buildings at Clunes and develop this asset as a community facility.

‘The purchase will provide a base for the charity, a venue for interpretation and management of the Loch Arkaig Pine Forest, and will enable us to develop our community garden, play area, local food and wood fuel projects.’

Tom Cooper, of Glengarry Community Woodland, added: ‘Community ownership will open up a number of possibilities for the community to address some of the issues local to Invergarry, including new social enterprise, and gaining access to a much larger area of the existing community woodland.’