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International Year of Forests grants up for grabs

Forestry Commission Scotland is calling all community groups, events organisers, countryside rangers, furniture makers, artists and timber architects to apply for a new range of grants. If you are looking to run an event this year and it relates to forestry, forest products or the outdoors, you could be eligible to apply for a small grant under Forestry Commission Scotland’s International Year of Forests (IYF) grant scheme.

The United Nations has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests, to help raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests

The Commission is leading on Scotland’s response to the year on behalf of the Scottish Government and is running a year long programme of events and a small grant scheme to help celebrate Scotland’s woods, trees and forests.

The scheme is open to everyone from organisations to individuals with a passion in forestry, to furniture makers, theatre companies and after school clubs to help get events off the drawing board and into reality.

James McDougall, Communications and Events Manager for Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “Forests, trees and woodlands provide Scotland with a wide range of benefits such as providing a home for rare biodiversity, creating jobs in rural areas, and recreation and tourism opportunities.

“We want to celebrate our trees, woodlands and forests, and running events across Scotland is the perfect way to do this.

“If you want to get involved, please get in touch to find out more about our small grant scheme for IYF themed events and how we can help you promote your event.”

More information can be found on the Forestry Commission’s website. The International Year of Forests partnership includes: Forestry Commission Scotland, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scottish Natural Heritage, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority, Cairngorm National Park Authority and the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

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