Peebles Community Trust has been awarded £48, 765 in the latest round of grants from the Scottish Land Fund.
The Trust will purchase 17 acres of Eshiels Wood in Peebles and bring it into community ownership. It wants to enhance the landscape and biodiversity, improve public access and safeguard a cycle route, which runs alongside the River Tweed through an environmentally sensitive area.
Seven projects will benefit from the latest round of cash made available from the Scottish Land Fund for the purchase of land and building assets.
Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to the successful projects. Today’s funding award will allow them to act on ambitious plans to give potentially under-utilised buildings and land a better use, to the current and future benefit of their local communities.”
John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair, said: “Through repurposing vacant buildings, acquiring land in order to build new facilities and enhancing the local environment, groups from the Highlands to the Scottish Borders are using the Scottish Land Fund to realise impressive plans for land and other community assets. Projects like these make a big impact and not just on their local communities, they also provide inspiration to other groups who are still in the early stages of drawing up plans.”
The Scottish Land Fund is keen to support more applications from across Scotland and particularly within urban areas. Groups considering applying should contact the Big Lottery Fund to discuss their idea at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 0300 123 7110