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EDF Corriemoillie wind farm fund delivers spin-off boost to Ross-shire groups


By Hector MacKenzie

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Ullapool High School children conducting a peat depth survey as part of the RuralSkills National 5 course.
Ullapool High School children conducting a peat depth survey as part of the RuralSkills National 5 course.

OUTDOOR learning in Ullapool is in line for a boost thanks to a share of funds from a local wind farm’s charitable giving arm.

Ullapool High School has been awarded £2000 from the EDF Corriemoillie Education mentoring fund to support adaptation to the way it delivers learning during the Covid crisis.

It will enable outdoor learning, addressing some of the challenges currently associated with classroom-based activity.

Head teacher Robbie McFedries said: “From September 2020 the Enviro-Link Pilot project will work with three local tutors to learn skills for employability in a range of activities that support sound environmental management including permaculture, forest gardening and peatland restoration.

“The project will be open to S3 pupils as part of their wider engagement with local employers and pupils will document their progress using multimedia supported by local film maker Angelica Kroeger.

“Over the last 10 years the school has established an award-winning rural skills course and this project is a great lead-in to this sort of vocational education which focuses on the natural resources of the area that we live in.”

The fund, which will run for the lifetime of the Corriemoillie wind farm at Garve, has made a number of other awards recently, including to Strathpeffer Golf Club so it can provide staff training in first aid and health and safety.

Create Youth Theatre, also based in Ullapool, has received support for mentoring to help it diversify into video and sound production workshops while drama classes are restricted.

The fund is administered by independent charity Foundation Scotland.

Fund co-ordinator Marion McDonald said: “We are delighted to support such a diverse range of employment-related training. Feedback from recipients has been very positive and shows the Corriemoillie Wind Farm Fund is really making a difference to people’s lives.”

The fund is for individuals, small businesses or voluntary groups in Contin, Garve, Lochbroom, Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon and Strathpeffer.



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