Sleat Community Trust has been awarded £20,000 by players of People’s Postcode Lottery for the Tormore Forest Renewal Project.
Tormore Forest is being felled in carefully controlled stages under local ownership by Sleat Community Trust.
With funding from Postcode Local Trust, volunteers will soon be able to grow new tree stock for the forest in their own tree nursery.
A path network for walking and cycling is also planned.
Research into the history, archaeology and environment of the forest is set to create information and interpretive boards for all to enjoy.
Henrik Micski, Chair of Sleat Renewables Limited said: “This exciting project will provide native hardwood saplings for local people to replant thereby sustaining our community wood fuel supply and provide a forest for future generations to enjoy."
The foundations of the project will be delivered over the next 12 months by community volunteers advised and assisted by local expertise including educational institutions, health care providers, forestry experts and land managers to ensure that the very best can be made of the grant funding.
The tree nursery will provide the opportunity to learn new horticultural skills and we are looking forward to working with our local community, schools and colleges, mental health support groups and young carers. In addition, improving and extending the path networks will provide greater recreational opportunities increasing the well-being of all involved.
Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.