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Appointment of two project officers for Broadford Community Woodland

08 May 2012

Issued by Broadford and Strath Community Company

Broadford and Strath Community Company (BSCC) have appointed Shirley Grant and Adele Beck as project officers for the Community Woodland. Shirley will focus on planning and finance, Adele site development. The posts are until the end of the year and have been funded by the Enterprise Growth Fund, who gave funding of £68,000 to BSCC for project management and site clearance. Alison MacLennan, Chair of Broadford Environment Group welcomed the appointments saying "We're delighted that Adele and Shirley are in post and will help us proceed with the development of the site."

Diane Greenlees, Project Director, the Wise Group said: "The Enterprise Growth Fund received an overwhelming number of applications. Following a robust assessment process, BSCC is one of more than 60 third sector organisations in Scotland to receive funding. "The Enterprise Growth Fund team look forward to continuing to work with BSCC to help them use this investment to realise their plans. BSCC and the Broadford Community Woodland will contribute greatly to the Scottish economy and make a positive difference to the lives' of the individuals and communities in the Highlands."

The Community purchased 22.5ha of land, adjacent to Broadford Industrial Estate from the Forestry Commission Scotland in October 2011. It is planned to develop the land to create a community woodland with native trees, trails, a campsite and events area. The community woodland will give local people the opportunity to become involved in woodland activities and help to create new, sustainable businesses. An open evening is planned for 6 June 2012 to showcase what is possible with community woodlands and to share ideas on how Broadford Community Woodland should be developed. This will be held in the village hall from 7pm.

Notes to Editors
Established in 2003, BSCC acts as an umbrella group for all community groups in the area. The group exists to engage residents in the delivery of environmental and social projects. Projects include both amenity and income generating. In October 2011 the
community purchased of 22.5 ha of forest to create a Community Woodland.

The Enterprise Growth Fund is a £6m Scottish Government Fund. The Fund is making strategic investments in ambitious and enterprising third sector organisations enabling them to develop, grow and become more sustainable. It supports third sector organisations to realise their full potential and to make a key contribution to the National Outcomes of the Scottish Government. The Enterprise Growth Fund is managed by the Wise Group with consortium partners CEiS, DSL and Social Value Lab.

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