2014 has been a monumental year for Peterhead Projects Limited with the news that it was successful in receiving £144,417 from Community Spaces Scotland and £15,269 from SITA Trust for the Buchan Meadows Community Woodland scheme.
Since 2009 Peterhead Projects has launched a number of community grassroot projects and Buchan Meadows is one which acts as an anchor biodiversity project to the local area.
PPL secured 43 acres of land on the outskirts of Peterhead from Score Group in 2010 with the aim of engaging the community in biodiversity, health and outdoor activities and outdoor educational activities.
Ken Duncan, development manager with Peterhead Projects, explained: “The funding from Community Spaces and SITA Trust will enable PPL to engage with community volunteers to improve access to the woodland for the benefit of the wider public.
“We cannot thank Score Group enough for leasing us the woodland for a ten-year period. That major commitment paved the way for two hugely-important funding injections to safeguard the Buchan Meadows woodland project.”
The Community Spaces funding secured a two-year contract for a dedicated Community Woodland Officer to host activity sessions and tours, alongside development of certain areas of the woodland to include guided walks, outdoor gym, picnic area and a programme of educational and community events.
The intended beneficiaries of this project will be local schools and youth groups as well as the wider local population and visitors to the area.
Community Spaces funding has also paved the way to create a car-park in the small field opposite the main woodland to provide a safe stopping point for visitors.
Lewis Swales, the new Community Woodland Officer, explained: “The Buchan Meadows is a great area that can be used to expand on learning done in the classroom.
“As the Community Woodland Officer I am looking to work closely with teachers to deliver the most effective, educational and enjoyable experience for the young people visiting Buchan Meadows.”
Ken Duncan added: “We are indebted to Score Group, Community Spaces and SITA Trust for the very generous support and funding and are already seeing fresh new developments at the woodland for the wider community to enjoy.
“Buchan Meadows is a fabulous rural facility for everyone and with the recent appointment of our community woodland officer Lewis Swales we will be driving forward with a host of exciting new projects.”
Jools Granville of SITA Trust added: “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund and look forward to seeing the benefits it will bring the local community.”