NEW Woodlands 'highly commended'
West Fife Woodlands were Highly Commended in the 2016 Scottish Finest Woods Awards ‘Community Woodland’ competition for promoting Healthy Lifestyles, on Friday 24 June at the Royal Highland Show.
The Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards recognises, celebrates and commends the dedication and commitment to the creation and management of Scotland’s finest woods.
Entry is open to woodland-related community-based projects from any part of Scotland.
Entrants should be able to demonstrate significant and sustained community input.
West Fife Woodlands had their voluntary efforts recognised officially with a Cherry wood plaque and certificate.
The Community Woodland Award is open to projects such as community woodlands, urban woodlands or other projects which focus on involving communities with their woodland environment and thereby enhancing people’s health and well-being.
Local volunteers make weekly ventures into the woodlands of Valleyfield Woodland Park as well as four other woodland areas nearby and play a significant role to keep these woodlands accessible to everyone.
Stan Welch, Chairman of West Fife Woodlands, said: “I would like to extend huge congratulations to the whole of West Fife Woodlands group for contributing to our success.”
“The judges were very impressed by the work being carried out by the West Fife Woodlands group who have a strong commitment to the project and have worked to develop and deliver substantial access across a number of characterful sites. They also praised the creation of a community orchard is an excellent addition that provides a platform for engagement with schools and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.”
The West Fife Woodlands Group organise events through the year including the spectacular Valleyfield Woodland Snowdrop Trail throughout February.
Regards Frank Waterworth, West Fife Woodlands.
Photo: L to R Jenny Ventham of Forestry Commission Scotland, Frank Waterworth West Fife Woodlands, Stan Welch West Fife Woodlands, Theresa Hughes Fife Council and John Kissock OBE