Published: 19/06/2017 07:00 - Updated: 18/06/2017 07:18

700-plus show the love as Wester Ross geopark hits £30k target

Geoarchaeologist Dr Laura Hamlet amid the wilderness splendour of the geopark.
Geoarchaeologist Dr Laura Hamlet amid the wilderness splendour of the geopark.

AN ambitious fundraiser for the North West Highlands Geopark – covering large parts of Wester Ross and Sutherland – has breached its target of £30,000.

Around 700 supporters for its Love the Geopark campaign donated £30,355 – enabling the creation of The Rock Stop, an exhibition, cafe and gift shop located at Unapool.

The attraction is open three days a week, Wednesday to Friday, but will be increasing its opening days from July.

A geopark spokesman said the donations came from both the UK and overseas, from visitors who had enjoyed the unique geology and history of the area and appreciated the aims of the social enterprise and the benefits offered by its UNESCO designation.

The donations had ensured its project commitments towards education, conservation and stewardship were now guaranteed, and core staff now able to dedicate time to generating further income streams, said the spokesman.

The ability to retain UNESCO status for the north-west Highlands during the revalidation process scheduled for 2019 had also been strengthened.

Further donations can be made directly to the geopark via its webpage www.nwhgeopark.com

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