Woodland cash is awarded to Belleisle
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.”