Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Highland community sets up charity to buy local forests

Post Thumbnail

A Highland community has set up a charity to allow it to buy more than 2,700 acres of woodland for a pinewood restoration project.

Community group Achnacarry, Bunarkaig and Clunes (ABC) Group has teamed up with conservation charity Trees for Life for the proposed community buyout, which is believed to be the first of its kind.

The ABC Group has now formed a charity, called Arkaig Community Forest, to take the £500,000 project forward.

It is hoping to buy two forests on the south side of Loch Arkaig, near Spean Bridge in Lochaber, which are currently owned by Forestry Commission Scotland.

Gary Servant, a trustee of the new charity, said that it was a great opportunity for the local community as it would enable them to secure real benefits in terms of sustainable rural development.

It would also enable them to support local land-based jobs, while helping to protect and restore the ecologically important, but rare native Caledonian pinewood habitat.

Mr Servant said: “We were advised that the land would need to be owned by a charity so we have set up a new charity with local people as trustees and associate members.

“We would also welcome supporters from anywhere else as we now face the huge task of raising £500,000.”

He added that they had been waiting for the charity to be approved by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and now have 12 months to raise the money.

He said: “The fund-raising can now start in earnest.

“We will be making funding applications to various bodies and organisations and working out how to generate an income based on the timber that is in the forest already.

“We will also be looking at the possibility of selling community shares.”

Meanwhile, the charity will continue the work started by the ABC Group of consulting local people on possible uses for the land.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]