New funding puts boots on the ground

The NatureScot Better Places Green Recovery funding of almost £1.5 million will go directly to 48 countryside, coast and island projects across Scotland.

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Popular natural sites in Lochaber, Skye and the Outer Hebrides will have more staff this year to help safeguard the environment.

Scottish Government funding to support better visitor management will fund the new roles.

The NatureScot Better Places Green Recovery funding of almost £1.5 million will go directly to 48 countryside, coast and island projects across Scotland, enabling an additional 94 rangers and 15 visitor operations staff to be employed nation wide this summer.

The extra ‘boots on the ground’ will promote the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC) and help manage visitor pressure.

Funding worth £281,564.66 has been awarded to 10 organisations in Lochaber, Skye and the Outer Hebrides which will create 18 new posts. It complements additional investment in rangers and visitor operations made this year by NatureScot, Forestry and Land Scotland, the National Park Authorities and Scottish Water to support the management of busy outdoor places including national nature reserves, parks, reservoirs and forests.

Organisations receiving funding include: John Muir Trust, Ben Nevis; John Muir Trust, Skye; Kinlochleven Community Trust; National Trust for Scotland, Glencoe and Glen Etive; Nevis Partnership; SIMEC Lochaber Hydropower 2 Limited – Jahama Highland Estates; Harris Voluntary Service, South Harris; Stòras Uibhist Limited; Voluntary Action Barra and Vatersay and West Harris Trust.

The total value of these additional seasonal posts is more than £2 million when other cash funding of £216,096 and in-kind contributions of £380,804 are taken into account.

Photograph: The NatureScot Better Places Green Recovery funding of almost £1.5 million will go directly to 48 countryside, coast and island projects across Scotland. NO_F30_SummerRangersFunding