Achvarasdal Woodland Management Group
Thanks to Tony Bradford for letting
us know about this group and the woodland walks etc. Well worth a
Fresh Futures Transforming Your
A new grant programme on behalf of the New Opportunities fund is
designed to help communities improve their local environments by making
them safer, healthier, greener, cleaner , better designed, more
welcoming and accessible to all. A total fund of £4.3 million is
now available. Groups have two years to make an application with
the final deadline on 31 March 2005. Grants can be from £20,000 to
£300,000 although grants in excess of £100,000 are likely to be offered
to projects with high numbers of beneficiaries. More information
4 June 03
SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY BIOMASS AND BIODIVERSITY
25 JUNE 2003 The Highland Council will host a one day seminar
"Sustainable Forestry Biomass and Biodiversity" on Wednesday 25 June at
the Portland Arms Hotel, Lybster, Caithness.
Expert speakers have been invited from
Forward Scotland, Highland Birchwoods, Nordic Enterprise Trust, AMEC,
Integrated Energy Utilities Limited, SVS Composting, Forest Enterprise,
National Farmers Union, British Geological Survey, Highlands & Islands
Enterprise, and the North Highland Leader+ Partnership..............
17 May 03
Community Environmental Renewal Grants
Grant funding available to community groups.
Check this out if your group wants to take advantage of money coming
from the aggregates levy. Between £5000 and £50,000 may be
available to help your project in Highland. Closing dates 18 June
and 10 September 2003.
10 July 04
Friends Of The Trinkie And the North Baths
new section in time to let everyone know about the reopening of the North
Baths Wick on Saturday 24 July at 1.00pm
3 June 04
Dune Stabilisation Work at Dunnet Bay
Warm ad sunny weather conditions at Dunnet Bay last Sunday created a
desert like image and working conditions for the Caithness Countryside
Volunteers. Working in a large 'blow-out' in the middle of the Dunnet
Bay dune system, the volunteers planted herring-bone rows of marram grass
between brash fencing in attempts help stabilise the system.
IMPROVING RECYCLING IN THE HIGHLANDS
The Highland Council is eager to meet recycling targets set by the
Scottish Executive but says that funding must be made available to
enable this to happen.
In the Strategic Waste Plan for the
Highlands, approved by the Executive, it is estimated that an additional
funding of £29 million is needed over the next two financial years to
improve recycling and composting to 25% and almost £300 million to meet
the 2020 target of 44%.
Councillor Bill Fulton, the Councilís
spokesman on waste management, said the cost of providing recycling
facilities in the Highlands was inordinately expensive, given that the
Council represented an area extending to one-third of the Scottish
mainland but only 208,000 people.
He said: "The Council is keen to get on
with the job of transforming waste management practice in Highland and
there is a public expectation that we should meet the targets set. But
we can only do so when we receive funding from the Scottish Executive.
The alternative is the Council meeting the cost and this would increase
the Council Tax by £300 on Band D and I could never agree to this.
"Notwithstanding this, we will continue to
improve facilities within the existing budget during 2004-05."
In the current financial year, the Council
has spent £350,000 on recycling and has used it together with funds from
Scottish Executive to pilot kerbside segregated collections of
recyclables and green waste, as well as expanding the recycling banks
network. This will further increase Highlandís recycling rate.
Kerbsider - Collecting