Woodland open day invitation

ANDY DEVINE FROM PETERHEAD PROJECTS AT THE SITE OF THE WOODLAND DEVELOPMENT. (CHRISTIE/BROWN)
ANDY DEVINE FROM PETERHEAD PROJECTS AT THE SITE OF THE WOODLAND DEVELOPMENT. (CHRISTIE/BROWN)

PETERHEAD Projects Limited is calling on everyone to lend a hand to improve their local environment. It wants to prise people free of their armchairs and get them involved in their local community by helping on their CSV Action Earth project.

The group will be holding a special open day at Peterhead’s community woodland on Sunday, July 17, between 11am and 3pm where there will be fun activities for all the family, games, bird box building and a chance to explore the woodland.

The woodland, which lies adjacent to Lochside Farm on the Nether Kinmundy Road on outskirts of Peterhead, has recently been leased to Peterhead Projects Limited by Score Engineering.

Peterhead Projects Limited hopes to develop the woodland, following a ‘Planning for Real’ community consultation, so this valuable resource can be enjoyed by the whole community.

The group is looking to establish a core of volunteers who would be willing to work on the site or supervise youth groups or socially excluded people to develop outdoors skills such as path building and habitat management.

The open day is part of a five-month campaign called Action Earth organised by CSV (Community Service Volunteers). As part of this year’s campaign, SNH (Scottish Natural Heritage) will be supporting 155 projects in Scotland through the three different grant awards, aimed at groups that will help support and encourage Scottish biodiversity and encourage volunteers through practical environmental projects.

Andy Devine, community woodlands development officer who is co-ordinating the project, wants to see as many people as possible come along to help on the day.

He said: “Everybody can get involved in conserving biodiversity. It is a shared resource and a shared responsibility. From the smallest individual action to a national campaign, every contribution helps! The CSV Action Earth Awards are designed to help groups of volunteers take practical action to improve and create places for wildlife.”

The EYV Alliance has designated 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering. As part of the year long celebration CSV Action Earth is committed to raising the awareness of the importance of volunteering and help in protecting our natural resources. By supporting CSV Action Earth together we will make a real difference.

If you are keen to learn new skills, improve your local environment and have

fun at the same time, call the office Peterhead Projects Limited, Broad Street, Peterhead, or phone (01779) 478950.

If you would like to register your own project or think you can come up with a good project idea, then please take part in the campaign. Call the CSV Action Earth hotline on 0131 222 9083.