Cash pot to help forest

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Environmental charity Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT) has awarded more than £18,000 to local volunteering projects for programmes supporting volunteering activity in the Central Scotland Forest.

Dedridge Environment Ecology Project (DEEP) and Almond Valley Heritage Trust in West Lothian (AVHT) are two of the projects benefiting from an award of up to £7500.

CSFT launched the Community Volunteer Fund to enable organisations to improve their local environment and increase opportunities for volunteering.

DEEP will use its £7500 award to provide volunteer opportunities in the regeneration of a section of the Dedridge Burn, while AVHT will use its £5540 to establish a body of volunteers to look after the wartime garden in the Almond Valley Heritage Centre.