Forestry Commission awards £400k to tree projects

Tree suppliers and contractors are in line for work after the Forestry Commission awarded more than £400,000 in grants for 14 projects.

Jobs for tree planting and woodland upkeep will roll out across Scotland following the award, which aims to improve outdoor learning for people living near ur-ban woodlands.

Trees will be planted in hospital grounds and in primary schools and teachers will be trained for outdoor projects from Orkney and Ayrshire to Edinburgh and the Borders.

Scotland's environment minister Roseanna Cunningham said: "Developing woodlands in towns and cities is making a real difference to quality of life. Funding to help revitalise or support woodland-based projects can open up many more opportunities for access, recreation and outdoor learning."

The grants are from Forestry Commission Scotland's Woods In and Around Towns initiative and Forests for People challenge funds. These funds were designed to help woodland owners revitalise existing woodlands for the benefit of local people and support community-based health and education.

Successful projects include Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, which won more than £39,368 to develop the woodlands around Ninewells for walking and recreation. Spiers School in North Ayrshire received £68,781 to help revitalise woodland in the school's grounds.

GRANT PROJECTS

Machanhill Primary School, Larkhall, £4,951; Renfrewshire Council Woodlands, £12, 750; Borders Forest Trust, £53, 900; Craigmillar Castle Park, £35,050; Curriemuir Community Woodland, £14,263; The Green Team in Edinburgh, £14,636; Living Classrooms, £26,500; Ledmore and Migdale Woods, £27, 810; Orkney Islands Council, £52,507; Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust, £40,050; Gartcosh Nature Reserve, £12,522; Hailes Quarry Park, £4,496; Spiers School, North Ayrshire, £68,781; and Ninewells Hospital, £39,368.


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