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Evanton woodland is a first for Scotland

By Hector MacKenzie

Simon Harry
Simon Harry

TRAILBLAZING work at an Easter Ross woodland will next week lead to history being made at the popular community attraction.

Evanton will be named Scotland’s first dementia-friendly woodland next Friday after a string of successful events.

A pilot project in 2015 was followed by a link-up with the Life Changes Trust which involved professionals from a variety of disciplines leading activities for people suffering from dementia.

Woodland co-ordinator Simon Harry said: “We have funding to run our programme until October and we would like to see more support organisations make use of the outdoors.

“Since its inception as a community wood in 2012, we have striven to develop facilities sympathetic to both the forest biodiversity and the needs of user groups. We aim to promote outdoor learning and health and wellbeing in all its forms and have been at the forefront of this in the north. We are continually looking at innovative ways to keep doing this.”

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