Moray gets £101,000 ‘nature grant’


Part of a £101,000 grant to spice up Moray’s pure habitat will most likely be used to plant wild flowers.

The money has been made out there to Moray Council by the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund.

How the complete £101,000 needs to be allotted might be mentioned tomorrow by the council’s planning and regulatory companies committee.

Council officers have steered spending almost a tenth of the cash (£10,000) on planting wild flowers over the course of the following three years.

Amongst the websites earmarked for the primary 12 months of planting can be:

  • Queen Street Orchard, Buckie
  • Fiddich Park, Craigellachie
  • Reikit Lane, Elgin
  • Cooper Park, Elgin
  • Moray Sports Centre, Elgin
  • Clovenside Cemetery, Forres
  • Provost Christie Drive, Rothes

A report written by council officers upfront of tomorrow’s assembly states: “The introduction of wildflowers performs an vital half in bettering the biodiversity of our open areas and in flip helps wildlife, individuals and the surroundings basically …”

In addition, the officers suggest an additional £66,000 needs to be used to improve each Millbuies Country Park and The Wards which is an space of Elgin standard with canine walkers.

The similar report states: “Both websites require renewed administration to ensure that the biodiversity and group well being and wellbeing alternatives to be maximised.

“These administration plans will determine alternatives regarding woodland administration, restoration and rewilding,

aquatic advantages, entry enhancements and academic enhancements related to every website.”

An additional proposal from officers would see a £15,000 contribution for a “rain backyard” to fight repeated flooding at Clovenside Cemetery in Forres.

The report says the rain backyard will appear to be “a small dip planted with meadow grasses and small shrubs” with sandy soil and stones beneath to maximise the drainage.

This £15,000 can be along with one other £56,000 already allotted to the challenge from a unique supply.

Finally, it is proposed that the rest of £101,000 from the Nature Restoration Fund might be spent of initiatives involving colleges which improve out of doors studying alternatives for Moray’s younger individuals.