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Project in Moray gets valuable funding boost

In this latest round of funding, The Cabrach Trust has been offered over £70,000 to regenerate the area in and around Inverharroch by creating a new community and visitor heritage plan, improving community well-being, and providing a nature recovery programme.

This community-led project aims to breathe new life into the Cabrach, creating a thriving, sustainable community so that it can be celebrated and shared by all. Their regeneration strategy will provide economic and social development opportunities, helping to create jobs, attract new visitors to the area and celebrate and protect the cultural heritage and history of the Cabrach.

The project will be centred around the environment, conservation and biodiversity, with plans to enhance the farmed fields, plant trees and hedges and provide facilities for the community and visitors to enjoy the natural landscape

This joint funding application with the Cabrach Community Association combines a programme of works which will be delivered in the Spring. 

Sam Dowdall from the Cabrach Trust, who manages the project, said: “Following on from the development of the Discovery Trail, Restored Smiddy, and the ongoing Rural Skills and Wellbeing and Education programme of workshops, we are delighted to receive the funding to enable us to further enhance the experience in the Cabrach for the community and visitors.  This funding will enable phase 2 of the Discovery Trail, creating a circular pathway from the current linear walk, a new view point and a picnic area adjacent to the Cabrach Memorial Cairn and enable phase 2 landscaping works to the Memorial Cairn Garden in conjunction with the Cabrach Community Association.”

Berry Jordan, Business and Community Investment Advisor at Vattenfall UK said: “The Cabrach Trust’s plans are really exciting and show just how community benefit funds can help key local organisations address the climate and biodiversity emergency. It’s great to see the Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund making an impact at a local level.”

The Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund was established by wind farm owner Vattenfall and is administered by Foundation Scotland. Decisions on grant awards are made by a panel of local people drawn from the communities the fund benefits.