DATE FOR THE DIARY: Dingwall Community Woodland info evening to shed light on local trailblazer
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Ongoing work to develop a new community woodland on a hill above Dingwall and boost the area's biodiversity will be highlighted to interested members of the public later this month.
Dingwall Community Woodland will be holding an information evening and its annual general meeting in Dingwall Academy on Monday, November 27 from 7pm to 9pm.
The initiative, which was set up in one of Knockbain Farm's fields on the west of the town in 2020 and became a charity this summer, is working to rewild the field – aiding efforts to fight climate change by planting native broad-leaf trees, while also boosting recreational activity in the area by providing a new place for people to enjoy the outdoors.
It also hopes to provide a place for the community to come together for events, foster education and learning by encouraging schools and families to learn more about nature, and also serve as a location for green therapy where people can reconnect with the environment.
"Join us for an information evening where you can learn about the journey of the Dingwall Community Woodland Project since it started in 2020. Find out how to get more involved in the project and share your ideas for the future," said a spokesperson,
"We will also be holding a vote for the trustees of the group as part of our AGM. If you would be interested in standing as a trustee please get in touch.
"Over the two hours we will share a presentation, have a Q&A and share ideas, then vote for trustees. Refreshments will be provided.
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Meanwhile, the project is urging people to help raise funds for its work by shopping with the Co-op.
The woodland is raising money through the Co-op Local Community Fund which means every time you shop in the Co-op you can add money into the woodland pot at no extra cost to you.
"How does it work?" added the spokesperson. "If you are not already a Co-op member, sign up for £1 – there are lots of benefits to becoming a member which you can find out more about at https://membership.coop.co.uk/register
"On your online account choose Dingwall Community Woodland as the cause you want to support – https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/85890
"Each time you shop in the Co-op and present your member card the Co-op will donate money towards our project, with no extra cost for you!
"Please help us to raise money for this important project by selecting us as the cause you wish to support. Thank you!"