Alison McInnes MSP and her assistant James Parry visited Buchan Meadows Community Woodland in Peterhead on Friday, January 25.
On her visit she saw project work by members of Aberdeenshire Council’s criminal justice team.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Housing and Social Work Service, Councillor Karen Clark, was also present alongside Fiona Westland and John Clark from the council’s criminal justice social work team.
Andy Devine, the community woodlands officer for Peterhead Projects hosted the site visit and highlighted projects that have been undertaken by the Community Payback Groups including tree planting, fence repairs and the construction of an outdoor classroom which will be used by schools and community groups who visit the site. Andy explained how much of the materials used on the project were either diverted from the waste stream such as wood donated by Landscape Services, Buchan Timber Company and compost from Total.
Cllr Karen Clark said: “I have been impressed by the work that has taken place following the recent flooding and snow in the area and it is good to see projects enabling local groups to spruce up or create new facilities. I encourage any community group to get in touch to take advantage of the scheme.”
The group also spoke to some Community Payback team members who were working on the site creating habitat piles from garden waste and took time to relax and have a cup of tea at the fire pit despite the weather.
If you are interested in volunteering at the site contact Andy Devine, the Community Woodlands Officer on 01779 478950 or call into the Trading Post on Broad Street for further information.