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By Abbey Morton
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Nature gets a £50k boost

ALMOST £50k has been allocated to nature projects in Annandale.

Crown Estate Scotland has shared out £100k from their Environmental Grants Programme fund designed to support sustainable development and local regeneration around Scotland.

And some of the lucky applicants are from the Lockerbie and Moffat areas.

The sum of £20,000 has been granted to support the creation of a nature walk and wildlife conservation area near Moffat, and a further £20,000 has been allocated to a project which will manage watercourses and create hedgerows on the Applegirth Estate.

Finally, £8250 has been handed over for the planting of fruit trees and native hedgerows, to enhance local biodiversity near Lockerbie.

The programme was launched last year, and forms part of a wider £750,000 fund aimed at supporting the development of community led projects.

The successful applicants are a mixture of business, third sector, and individual tenants.

And head of policy for Crown Estate Scotland Annie Breaden said: “We are delighted to be able to follow through on our commitment to deliver this funding to successful applications from a wide range of our tenants.

“The quality and variety of the applications was outstanding, and we are already looking forward to seeing the environmental benefits that come about through the work of the successful applicants.

“This is also just the first step, and we continue to progress work on our community capacity grants programme, the results of which will be announced later in the year.”

A fund for non-tenants, called the Community Capacity Grants Programme, is being administered by Foundation Scotland and further announcements on that will be made in due course.

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