Remote coastal community projects receive funding boost

The Trust awards £24k to local groups in Eilean Siar, Skye and Knoydart.

The Trust awards £24k to local groups in Eilean Siar, Skye and Knoydart.

A new wildlife observatory in north west Lewis, two community festivals in Harris and a school garden polytunnel on Skye are among ten community projects to be supported by the John Muir Trust’s Conservation Fund in 2013.

Funding totalling £23,684 was distributed to a range of applicants, including the community-owned land trusts at Galson in Lewis, North Harris, West Harris, and Knoydart; Elgol Primary School on Skye; and the Sconser Management Committee, also on Skye.

Other projects funded include new deer ponies and deer management training on Knoydart and woodland creation on Skye and Harris.

A donation was also made to help Coigach-Assynt Living Landscape project get local schoolchildren involved in its pioneering land regeneration work.

Mike Daniels, the charity’s head of land science said: “The John Muir Trust believes that people and nature can flourish together across the Highlands.

“We are proud to work in partnership with vibrant community-owned trusts in some of the most remote areas of the West Highlands and islands who understand that there need be no contradiction between valuing the natural environment and developing sustainable local economies.

“The range and calibre of the applications we received are a tribute to those working on the ground to make things happen.”

The Conservation Fund was established to help community projects on land managed either by the Trust or by community landowners who work in partnership with the Trust.

Read the full list of projects to benefit from our 2013 fund.