Big Lottery Fund boost for Toon project

The Collieburn area is just one aspect of Peterhead's green spaces which will be developed
The Collieburn area is just one aspect of Peterhead's green spaces which will be developed

Peterhead Projects has been awarded a grant of £145,484 from the Big Lottery Fund to develop a town-wide green spaces initiative.

The three-year community-led activity is an opportunity for local residents to become involved in designing activities and generating innovative new ideas for the best community use of the area.

PPL wants to develop and generate connectivity between the green spaces across the town and will work with locals to form a defined user-friendly green link.

The project has the potential not only to attract thousands of additional users to the green areas but will create hundreds of volunteer opportunities during the three-year funded programme.

Ken Duncan, project development manager with PPL, explained: “The funding will enable the appointment of a Community Green Spaces Officer to co-ordinate activities which encourage people of all ages, gender and abilities to participate in and which impact positively on their health and wellbeing.”

PPL chairman John Brownlee added: “We are dedicated to working with people of all ages, genders, abilities and levels of mobility to ensure no-one is socially-excluded and everyone will be encouraged and supported to participate in a range of healthy outdoor activities and to actively use these green spaces for regular exercise, leisure, play and social interaction.

“From an environmental aspect, the project will work closely alongside the local authority to help improve the biodiversity of the sites, potentially creating new eco-systems through the creation of wildflower meadows, ponds and tree and flower planting.

“It will also provide opportunities for local people to develop skills in planting and growing, maintaining and monitoring open spaces and in habitat creation both with links to the formal education through the Curriculum for Excellence programme, but also through less formal learning opportunities for all ages.”