North SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed Scottish Government funding for Dunnet Forest Trust to facilitate closer involvement between the community and the forest.
Mr Gibson was speaking following an announcement from Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham. The award is for £41,509 for a project to strengthen local community involvement with the forest through volunteering, events, school and youth activities.
Mr Gibson said…
"This is great news. Forests play an important role in people's quality of life especially in Caithness where trees are scarce."
"Getting more community involvement across the age spectrum is something worth perusing. It leads to a common sense of ownership and belonging as well as promoting healthier living for people. and I am happy to see that the Dunnett Forest Trust has secured the funding from the Scottish Government to this end."
"I look forward to seeing the outcomes that the funding will make."
The grants are from Forestry Commission Scotland’s Woods In and Around Towns initiative and Forest for People challenge funds. These funds are designed to help woodland owners revitalise existing woodlands for the benefit of local people and support community-based health and education activities.
Amongst the projects receiving grants are:
· Dunnet Forest Trust: awarded £41, 509 for a project to strengthen local community involvement with the forest through volunteering, events, school and youth activities.