Local youth learning how to cook food outdoors – delivered in spring 2019 with the support from National Trust for Scotland and the Lochalsh Youth Community Trust

Kyle & Lochalsh Community Trust (KLCT) are proud to announce that they have received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £196,100 to deliver a range of activities at the Plock of Kyle for the next 3 years. This final match-funding will allow the project, worth £354,975, to proceed. The money will be used in a number of ways: to employ a Ranger and an Outdoor Learning & Wellbeing Officer; to undertake alterations at the Toll Office making it disabled friendly and creating a better activities space; to set up a Community Shed at the Toll Office and provide storage for tools and equipment; to look after our beautiful parkland with its diverse habitats and species, and most importantly, to deliver activities and volunteering opportunities at the Plock. 

Caroline Clark, Director Scotland of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: 

“Once this uncertain period is over, the Plock of Kyle will become a wonderful green space in which to relax away from the pressures of daily life. Over the next three years it will be developed in a way that is both beneficial to its natural environment while making a difference to the quality of life for those, including the most vulnerable in the community, who use it.” 

The project will support the social prescribing pilot in Kyle and the Trust will be working closely with the Highland Green Health Partnership, Kyle Medical Practice and local organisations supporting vulnerable people to identify people who would most benefit from getting involved.  

The Development Officer at KLCT, Jo Wawrzyczek, said: “The timing isn’t great considering the current Coronavirus outbreak but we are still very happy to have reached the point where the funding is secured. We hope to proceed with the project as soon as the outbreak is over to allow our community to benefit from the fantastic natural heritage at our doorstep, focus on improving our health and well-being and enjoy some fun while socialising with friends and family.” 

The Trust would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported their works at the Plock and the Toll Office in the last few years and the funders who have seen how important this project is for our community.