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Making a splash: coastal projects get go-ahead

TWO Wigtownshire projects have secured a share of almost £150,000 the mark Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters in style. To mark World Oceans Day 2020, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has announced that 24 projects have secured awards through its Plunge In! Coasts and Waters Community Fund launched earlier this year. Stranraer Development Trust and Wigtown Festival Company have both secured funding for coast-based projects. SNH say: "While many projects have inevitably had to delay their plans until next year as a result of Coronavirus restrictions, others are ready to get underway with innovative solutions including online talks and events, art parcels for local residents and even virtual song sessions. "The fund seeks to engage and connect more people with our seas, coasts, lochs, rivers, streams and wetlands, as well as their unique wildlife, and to leave a legacy from the year, for example through improved skills and knowledge or the creation of a community resource." SNH Chief Executive Francesca Osowska added: “We had an amazing response to this fund and the breadth and variety of our 24 successful projects really goes to show just how much there is to celebrate about our coastlines and waterways, their landscapes, biodiversity and wildlife. “The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has inevitably impacted on the ability of some projects to get underway this summer, but we look forward to supporting them to deliver their activities into 2021. Meanwhile it's fantastic that some projects have found a way to use technology to get started and plunge right in! “I'm really looking forward to seeing all of these projects progress and am sure that through their creativity and enthusiasm they will secure a real and lasting legacy for the year, connecting more people with our coasts and waters in communities up and down the country.” Stranraer Development Trust got the go-ahead for a coastal heritage education programme. This programme will help to deliver coastal heritage education in Stranraer, through drama performances, artworks and film-making. Wigtown Festival Company's project is called The Saltmarsh Library: Solway to Sea They plan to create a book about Wigtown's saltmarsh, its nature, and its place in the town's history to raise awareness of this habitat's importance to the area. 2020 was designated as Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters. SNH add: "The year, led by VisitScotland, aims to sustain and build upon the momentum of Scotland's preceding themed years to spotlight and celebrate Scotland's unrivalled coasts and waters, inspiring future visits, as well as encouraging responsible engagement. "The events programme that was designed to celebrate the year is currently subject to cancellation and postponement in line with current government advice in relation to Covid-19. Following input and feedback from the tourism and events industry, there has been strong support and a commitment from Scottish Government to rollover the celebratory year into 2021. Work is currently ongoing to rescope and reshape the programme.

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