Woodland receives funding boost

The Kickstart in the Community group cleaned up the woodland and made a fire pit last year
The Kickstart in the Community group cleaned up the woodland and made a fire pit last year

Buchan Meadows Community Woodland has been awarded £147,000 from Community Spaces Scotland, part of the Big Lottery Fund.

The woodland, situated on the outskirts of Peterhead, is part of Peterhead Projects who found out their application was successful on Tuesday, April 8 after nearly 20 months of work.

Meethill Nursery recently enjoyed an educational visit to the woodlands

Meethill Nursery recently enjoyed an educational visit to the woodlands

The funding boost will support the recruitment of a woodland officer for the next two years, new equipment and car parking facilities.

Peterhead Projects chairperson, Karen Brown said: “It is fantastic and we are absolutely delighted, we just need to complete the paper work and look at the timeline to plan when we can deliver the projects.

The Big Lottery Fund Community Spaces aims to bring communities together while making them healthier and happier while giving funding to improve the appearance, accessibility and sustainability of local spaces.

The new woodland officer will help to deliver outcomes set out by Peterhead Projects and promote the health and wellbeing of groups and people of all ages through recreation, education and fitness.

Members from Willowbank recently planted some seedlings at the site

Members from Willowbank recently planted some seedlings at the site

Karen added: “We are confident that receiving funding for a new woodland officer will be paramount to our success knowing we have someone in place for a fixed term of two years.

“It has been a team effort by Peterhead Projects and local groups who have used the woodland to show there is a need for the site.”

The woodland hosted outdoor activities for the Buchan Feeling Good Festival last year and receives regular visits from local schools and groups for orienteering exercises and use of the outdoor classroom.

It has also provided a resource for those on work experience and community payback schemes.