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Forestry Commission Scotland

Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the forestry department of the Scottish Executive, advising on and implementing forestry policy and managing the national forest estate which is currently the subject of a review. The mission is to protect and expand Scotland's forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment.

Tweed Forum

Tweed Forum is a non- profit making company limited by guarantee with charitable status and registered as an Environmental Body under the Landfill Tax regulations. It was formed in 1991, as a loose collection of organisations with an interest in the future well-being of the River Tweed catchment area..
Scottish Environment Protection Agency  
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs  
Scottish Natural Heritage  
Scottish Wildlife Trust  
RSPB Scotland  
Scottish Environment LINK  
Countryside Agency  
Projects:  
Forest Education Initiative

The aim is to bring an understanding and appreciation - particularly of the environmental, social, and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forest - to young people. The initiative encourages all people to use trees, timber and the forest environment for learning and gaining skills within their natural environment.  The website contains information specific to the Borders.

'Bridging the Border' - Reaching New Audiences

The aim is to 'Help young people living within the Tweed Catchment to understand their environmental and cultural heritage and to share their experiences across the Border'.  The project is one of 20 Tweed River Heritage Projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project also receives funding from LEADER+, Landfill Tax, Scottish natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Tweed Foundation.

Carrifran Wildwood

Carrifran Wildwood is a bold initiative in ecological restoration, spearheaded by the Wildwood Group. The idea is to re-create an extensive tract of wild and largely forested land, evoking the pristine countryside of six thousand years ago. Once again there will be a home for Scottish trees, flowers, birds, mammals and insects that for centuries have been almost excluded from these denuded hills.

Funding:
The Sustainable Action Fund

The Sustainable Action Fund was set up under the Environment Act 1990 with the objective of funding research, demonstration projects and other relevant activities in support of sustainable development in Scotland. Money is given in the form of core funding or grant funding. Past projects which have secured grant-funding have been innovative, easily replicable, promoted good ideas and practice and encouraged people to behave sustainably.

The Aggregates Levy

The Aggregates Levy is a UK environmental tax on the commercial exploitation of aggregate (sand, gravel and rock, with some exceptions). In Scotland, a percentage of the Levy is redistributed amongst some major environmental projects and to projects in areas affected by aggregate extraction to enable communities most affected to renew the surrounding area.

Strategic Waste Fund

The Scottish Executive has established a Strategic Waste Fund for local authorities to implement Area Waste Plans under the National Waste Strategy.

Landfill Tax Credit Scheme

The Landfill Tax Credit Scheme was designed to help mitigate the effects of landfill upon local communities. It encourages partnerships between landfill operators, their local communities and the voluntary and public sectors.

New Opportunities Fund (Fresh Futures)

New Opportunities Fund - "Transforming Your Space"
This 5.25 million scheme will support projects that enable communities to deal with environmental issues effecting the quality of their daily lives, such as making their local environment safer, healthier, cleaner etc. The programme, launched on 4 February 2003, is delivered by their award partners, Fresh Futures. The application form and guidance notes are available on the Fresh Futures website (www.fresh-futures.org.uk).

Forward Scotland Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme distributes funds to constituted groups who wish to pursue an environmental project. The maximum grant available is 1,000 and Forward Scotland will normally fund up to 75% of the cost of the project.. However, "in kind" contributions can be considered as counting towards the total cost.

Scottish Land Fund - Website address to be advised.
http://www.ukmarinesac.org.uk/pdfs/casestudy-berwick.pdf
http://www.xbordercurrents.com
 
This section is still under construction, therefore we welcome any suggestions of websites which would be of interest to Berwickshire residents.  Please email any suggestions to secretary@bccforum.info.
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