Wood­land cash is awarded to Belleisle

Ayrshire Post - - Around Ayr - Stu­art Wil­son

An­other £ 17,000 will be ploughed into the re­gen­er­a­tion of an Ayr es­tate.

South Ayr­shire Coun­cil has bagged the fund­ing from Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land.

They said the money would help de­liver a “pro­gram of ac­tiv­i­ties,” in­clud­ing a woodlands win­ter project at Bel­lisle.

Health walks, vol­un­teer­ing ses­sions, overnight yurt ex­pe­ri­ences, and guided walks will be part of the re­vamp.

Some of the cash will be used to run “for­est school” and “wood­land ad­ven­ture” ses­sions with pri­mary schools.

Se­con­daries will also get in­volved as they help to de­velop a wood­land ed­u­ca­tion area.

An event fea­tur­ing live mu­sic, sto­ry­telling, wood­land work­shops and marsh­mal­lows will launch the project on Satur­day, March 10.

Coun­cil­lor Ian Cochrane said: “I wel­come this fund­ing. Not only will it be used to bring us closer to na­ture but the as­so­ci­ated ac­tiv­i­ties are re­ally good for our health and well­be­ing too.

“We also know that when chil­dren de­velop a bond with na­ture they are more likely to take ac­tion on cli­mate change and live en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious life­styles as adults.

“Get­ting chil­dren and young peo­ple in­volved is vi­tal in terms of fu­ture con­ser­va­tion, re­cent stud­ies show that a high per­cent­age of chil­dren in Scot­land are na­ture de­fi­cient, so I’m pleased that schools will play a key role.

“Our woodlands are great places to be through­out the year, so get out there and en­joy them.”

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