Portlethen Moss Conservation Group (PMCG), in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, has been’ Highly Commended’.
The award follows their selection for the final of the 2014 RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards at a reception in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament in August.
They were in the Community Initiative category, for the Portlethen Community Woodland project.
The ceremony marked the third annual Nature of Scotland Awards, with the presentation dinner being held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh, on November 20.
The event was hosted by naturalist, author and TV presenter Chris Packham, with the awards celebrating Scottish conservation’s outstanding success stories.
The Portlethen Community Woodland project is certainly a success story as it’s brought the community together in its creation. The local primary schools have been involved since its inception and, after planning permission and funding was sought, the first trees were planted in March 2010.
Even at this early stage in the creation of the woodland the group was being recognised for its contribution to the environment with a Highly Commended award in the Scotland’s Finest Woods ‘New Native Woodland’ category in 2011 followed by a ‘silver’ Green Apple award in 2012.
The woodland was officially opened in June 2013 by Lord Arbuthnot and a representative from Talisman Sinopec, the group’s major funder for this project.
Work continues with ongoing maintenance and topping up the numbers of trees until the woodland is established. Local schools were out recently helping to plant some 420 trees gifted to the PMCG by the Woodland Trust.
The woodland is situated off the Downies Road in Portlethen, with another entrance at the north where car parking is available at Portlethen Parish Church.