CREE Valley Community Woodlands Trust has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its new Cree Valley Woodland Heritage project.
The Cree Valley Woodland Heritage Project will expand, restore and enhance the native woodlands and woodland fringe areas of the Cree Valley, building a `Forest Habitat Network from Source to Sea’. Development funding of £29 600 has been awarded to help CVCWT progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date. Partnership funding to the order of £2950 is being provided through CVCWT`s volunteer programme.
The project will carry out essential conservation work, involving the community through volunteering, events, guided walks, education, training, and displays in local museums and community centres. The path network will be improved and new access to woodlands and woodland archaeology will be created to enable more people to enjoy these areas. Woodland heritage will be explored and the project will demonstrate the link between the archaeology and historical usage of native woodlands, and show how this relates to the landscape and natural heritage which we now have.
The Cree valley forms the most extensive and important network of native woodlands in Galloway and (along with Nithsdale) in the whole of Dumfries and Galloway, if not the entire south-west Scotland. Some sites, such as Glentrool oakwoods are recognised, through designation as SSSI and SAC, to be of national and international importance. The historic landscape and archaeology of the area is also recognised to be of regional and national significance.
Pete Robinson from CVCWT said `We`re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. The natural and cultural landscapes of the Cree Valley are an important resource for the community and also make a substantial contribution to the economy of the area. HLF support will enable us to move further towards a major project to conserve these landscapes for the future.’