The Oban Times - - Districts -

KILFINAN Com­mu­nity For­est Com­pany has been awarded £47,200 from High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise (HIE), to­wards the cost of build­ing a new for­est cen­tre.

This will pro­vide an in­door venue for train­ing cour­ses, sem­i­nars, work­shops and com­mu­nity events, as well as up­grad­ing cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties.

The build­ing is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered for un­der £ 80,000, with fund­ing from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Cli­mate Chal­lenge Fund (CCF) as part of a low- car­bon class­room project – as well as core KCFC funds – help­ing to fund the bal­ance.

Nikki Brown, KCFC’s de­vel­op­ment man­ager, said: ‘A venue for train­ing and skills de­vel­op­ment has al­ways been a top pri­or­ity in our de­vel­op­ment plans. Not only will this fa­cil­ity en­hance our vol­un­teer­ing and train­ing pro­gramme, it will also in­crease our ca­pac­ity to de­liver fu­ture projects, such as wood­land buri­als.

‘We would like to ex­tend our thanks to our fun­ders for their sup­port and we look for­ward to see­ing the for­est cen­tre up and run­ning this sum­mer.

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