Up to £2,000 avail­able to cre­ate vis­ual at­trac­tions on cy­cle routes

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

COM­MU­NITY groups could re­ceive up to £ 2,000 in fund­ing to­wards artis­tic and vis­ual im­prove­ments to their lo­cal Na­tional Cy­cle Net­work ( NCN) routes.

The ArtRoots fund, which run by Sus­trans Scot­land and backed by Trans­port Scot­land, seeks to cre­ate vis­ually at­trac­tive and mem­o­rable routes, which en­cour­age peo­ple to ex­plore on foot and bike.

Pre­vi­ously funded projects in­clude re­cy­cled seat­ing, chain­saw- carved sculp­tures, land­scap­ing with a wooden train full of plants and a high­land cow on a hillock.

Sus­trans Scot­land na­tional di­rec­tor John Lauder said: ‘Since the Na­tional Cy­cle Net- work was founded in 1995, we have worked with nu­mer­ous artists and sculp­tors to add art­works and vis­ual im­prove­ments to en­hance the routes.

‘Art­works send out a mes­sage that cy­clists and walk­ers are val­ued and we are de­lighted to wel­come ap­pli­ca­tions for the sec­ond round of ArtRoots fund­ing.’

Com­mu­nity groups based in Scot­land which would like to make im­prove­ments to the art­works along their lo­cal NCN route are be­ing asked to fill in an on­line ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est form, which can be found at: https://goo.gl/ Bx8FgW

The clos­ing date is Fri­day Au­gust 11 at 5pm.

Strathyre Pri­mary pupils with one of the pre­vi­ously-funded pieces of art­work – a High­land cow on a hillock

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