Galloway Glens Scheme marks third anniversary

Last week marked the three-year anniversary of the Galloway Glens Scheme getting underway.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 1:04 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th April 2021, 1:08 pm
Galloway Glens chairman Ted Leeming at the Otter Pool

To date, more than £2.3m has been spent on projects up and down the Ken/Dee Valley, and overall, the scheme will see more than £5m spent between 2018 and 2023.

Highlights to date include: eight refurbished buildings including new facilities at the Otter Pool and Balmaclellan Smiddy; 15 miles of improved footpath, including two bridges; more than 360 school pupils attending events, with more than 4,000 people attending online events; and 1394 hectares of Galloway landscape under active management.

Team leader McNabb Laurie said: “My thanks go to everyone involved, particularly the National Lottery Heritage Fund who have been steadfast in their support, and the council’s Environment Team for their foresight in seeing the opportunity for a scheme like this.

“Our confidence has grown through the life of the project with us now considering how the amazing heritage assets that we have in Galloway can influence some of today’s challenges.

"We are exploring ways to engage with the upcoming COP26 Climate conference in November and developing relationships with new players such as South of Scotland Enterprise.

“We calculate that we have so far given work to more than 180 D&G based businesses. I am looking forward to the remainder of the scheme, some of our most exciting projects are still to be delivered.”

The Galloway Glens Scheme is overseen by a Partnership Board made up of a range of national and local stakeholders.

Chairman, Ted Leeming added: “From peatlands to marketing, and from training to footpaths, the breadth of what is being pursued through the Galloway Glens Scheme is quite awesome.

"I add my thanks to everyone involved – the other members of the Partnership Board and the team, who have responded so well to recent challenges.

“More than 75% of expenditure to date has been with Dumfries & Galloway based businesses – it is important that we don’t lose sight of the direct benefit that a scheme like this brings, and I am so grateful for everyone that has worked with us so far.”