A message from SNH – check out travel grants available – could this benefit your group or someone you know?
“Outdoor activity is recognised as good for our mental and physical wellbeing. While many can easily get out and enjoy Scotland’s wonderful nature, it’s more difficult for others. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) wants to help everyone have the chance to enjoy what many people take for granted.
“Through the Buchan Countryside Group, SNH is offering 50% travel grants to community and similar groups. Times are economically tough, so we are targeting support for people who aren’t as independent – perhaps the elderly, those with disabilities or long-term illnesses. Many people just need some practical help to get their first ‘taster’ of the outdoors and then go on to explore the outdoors near where they live, with the confidence they get from their first adventure.
“The grant is open to groups operating in Moray, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen and the Cairngorm National Park. There are lots of places you can visit: nature reserves, wildlife centres, country parks and beyond these, a network of footpaths link up our green spaces. Whether you live in the town or the city, just such a space will be nearby and there will usually be some local expert who can introduce you to the wonders of nature.
“For more info and application details, see the Buchan Countryside Group website at www.outdoors4all.org.uk/ctg.html
“Scottish Natural Heritage is the government’s adviser on all aspects of nature and landscape across Scotland. For more information on all SNH’s work, visit our website at www.snh.gov.uk