Parliamentarians visit award-winning local community woodland

Local parliamentarians Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP have visited the award-winning Gifford Community Woodland to find out more about the project’s work and plans for the future.

Mr Gray and Mr Whitfield met with Project Manager Nev Kilkenny and Chairman Adam White at the woodland to see for themselves the work that is being undertaken to restore the woods and make them accessible.

Speaking after the visit, Iain Gray MSP said:

“This was my first visit to Gifford Community Woodland and I was impressed with the progress they have made. It is a fantastic initiative with genuine support from the local community which has made huge strides in a relatively short period of time.

“It was easy to see why they were recognised at this year’s Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards in the Large Woodland category. The team also have some great plans for the future of the village’s woodland and I was pleased to hear more about them.” 

Martin Whitfield MP said:

“Gifford Community Woodland is a huge local success story. In just a few years the project has successfully purchased the woodland around the village and then undertaken significant work to restore it and develop it as a real asset for the community.

“Nev and Adam took us on a walk around some of the woodland to see the work they have been undertaking. They provided us with a really useful update on the project’s progress so far and how they see it developing in the future.”

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