EVANTON Community Wood is appealing for votes after reaching the finals of the prestigious National Lottery Awards.
It is competing against six others in the Best Environment Project category after beating off stiff competition from more than 1300 organisations in the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.
The project with the most votes will get a £5000 boost and a showcase at an awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC.
The 65-hectare woodland is owned and managed by the community – through the Evanton Wood Community Company. The mixed woodland attracts up to 5000 visitors every month and hosts a wide-ranging education programme, regular events and practical activities for the community.
Adrian Clark of Evanton Community Wood said: “Without the National Lottery funding we simply wouldn’t have been able to buy this important piece of woodland which is a real focal point of our community. It’s there for everyone to enjoy and learn from, for now and for the future. It would be a tremendous accolade for all those involved to be recognised with a National Lottery Award and I would appeal for the public to vote for us and make us a winner.”
National Lottery Awards spokesperson, Jackie O’Sullivan, added: “National Lottery players raise £30 million every single week for Good Causes across the UK and the work done with that money is truly life-changing. Evanton Community Wood has worked very hard to become a finalist and they now need your support. So get voting!”
To vote for Evanton Community Wood, go to lotterygoodcauses.org.ukawards or call 0844 836 9686 and follow the campaign on twitter: #NLAwards. Voting runs for four weeks until midnight on July 27.
There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding