As part of the Langhope Rig windfarm biodiversity offset scheme, funding has been secured to develop two biodiversity conservation projects.
Project 1 - Upper Teviot Native and Riparian Woodland Planting Project
As part of the Langhope Rig windfarm development, funding has been secured to help the conservation and enhancement of native and riparian woodlands within the catchment of the Upper Teviot. This is to help with managing surface water flows to reduce flood risk.
Who is eligible to apply
The scheme is open to any individual or organisation who can create and enhance native or riparian woodland in the Upper Teviot catchment. (Please see target map below).
The main eligible items will include: Broadleaved tree species purchase, protective tubes, tree stakes & ties, labour for planting, stock/deer fencing and gates. Other items may be approved on a site by site basis.
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) woodland planting grant schemes will be applied for in the first instance for potential projects. The biodiversity offset (grant) scheme may then (subject to individual site-specific challenges and limitations) offer supplementary funding. This will be over and above the normal Forestry Commission Scotland grant rates, to encourage and facilitate woodland planting plans and schemes in areas most likely to achieve the project objectives.
Project 2 - Ale Wetlands Grant Scheme
As part of the Langhope Rig windfarm development, funding has been secured to help the conservation and management of wetlands and ponds within the catchment of the Ale Water.
Who is eligible to apply
The scheme is open to any individual or organisation who can create, manage or restore wetlands and ponds in the Ale Catchment. (Please see target map below).
The main eligible items will include: Wetland creation, pond creation, pond restoration, stock fencing and gates, amenity tree planting, ditch blocking & public board walks (to encourage public appreciation & enjoyment). Other items may be approved on a site by site basis.
A grant rate of 75% (excluding vat) may be utilised for private land owners and land managers with 100% (including vat) available for community and voluntary groups. A maximum grant level of £5,000 per applicant (total grant payable), will apply.
Advice and support
Tweed Forum staff are able to offer site visits to help with site selection and the grant application process.
Tweed Forum, South Court, Drygrange Steading, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9DJ
Project target areas include the Ale catchment and the Teviot catchment (upstream from Hawick)
Project partners include: