Delight at woodland funding boost

Woodland officer Lewis Swales (left) and Community Job Scotland woodland assistant Seamus Connor look forward to developing the woodland.
Woodland officer Lewis Swales (left) and Community Job Scotland woodland assistant Seamus Connor look forward to developing the woodland.

The popular Buchan Meadows Community Woodland project on the outkirts of Peterhead has received a £20,000 funding boost thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The cash from Postcode Local Trust will enable the Peterhead Projects’ initiative to continue its environmental development and educational work undertaken during a two-year funded term by Community Woodland Officer Lewis Swales.

Among the exciting new projects which can now be introduced at the 43-acre site are additional tree-planting within the woodland, further waterway development and innovative planting within a designated wildflower meadow to further improve the biodiversity of the site.

The vital funding will also allow for extensions to the network of paths for visitors to enjoy, together with the creation of nature hides to best appreciate the ever-increasing levels of wildlife being encouraged to the site.

An ongoing focus of the woodland project to-date has been to introduce local schoolchildren, community groups and the wider public to develop outdoors skills such as shelter-building and habitat management.

Hundreds of youngsters have already enjoyed the various activities offered by woodland officer Lewis Swales.

He has built-up strong links with local schools and youth groups during various bushskills, geo-caching and maintenance courses where feedback has identified the exciting new development and projects planned in the future.

Commenting on the funding, Peterhead Projects development manager Ken Duncan told the Buchanie: “Through previous funding, we have been able to develop the site significantly including the creation of a car-park which has improved access for visitors.

“Not only will this fresh funding enable us to provide more eco-diversity at the woodland, it will help develop the site as a valuable educational resource for all ages to enjoy – we cannot thank the People’s Postcode Lottery enough for its support.”