Forestry projects benefit from rural priorities funding

The latest round of rural priorities funding awarded through the Scottish Government focuses on forestry projects.

£31.5m in rural priorities funding has been awarded to 500 projects throughout Scotland with the aim of improving water quality, mitigating climate change and protecting biodiversity.

Funded projects include the creation of a new woodland at Coshogle Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Dumfries and Galloway and funding for a biodiversity plan to protect threatened wildlife on the Isle of Lewis.

Scottish rural secretary Richard Lochhead said:  "Almost £400m in EU and Scottish Government funding has now been ploughed into Scotland's rural areas through rural priorities, safeguarding and creating thousands of jobs.

"This latest round of funding focuses on vital agri-environment and forestry projects which will help to meet climate change targets and protect and enhance Scotland's unique biodiversity and landscape.

"By targeting this round at these projects we are spreading out rural priorities to benefit as many applicants as possible over the course of the SRDP (Scottish Rural Development Programme), despite severe public spending cuts imposed on Scotland by Westminster."

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