Environment Minister to visit Uist

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Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson will visit South Uist tomorrow (Thursday) and islanders will highlight to him the need for more funds for coastal protection works.

Mr Stevenson has been invited to visit by the Lochboisdale Amenity Trust and Oxfam who have been working with the community on several coastal projects.

Caluna Campbell, Oxfam’s Project officer for South Uist said: “We will be showing the minister work that has been completed by members of the local community and community groups from Glasgow.  This work includes the construction of sand blow fencing in three areas so far using old fishing nets, fence posts and fishing twine.”

She added: “The reason for this work is to recreate the sand dune system, which is used to protect the machair land from flooding during the winter months.  We will be highlighting this to the minister, as we have another 26 miles to work on and financial support is needed.  This is an opportunity to create local employment and training opportunities.”

Mr Stevenson is also visiting Skye, Rum and Eigg on his tour of the islands.

Prior to his visit he said:

“I am delighted to be visiting some of Scotland’s island communities to see a diverse range of projects as well as meeting with key stakeholders.

“Our islands provide some of the most spectacular natural habitats for a variety of wildlife as well as magnificent scenery and a plethora of natural resources.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing first-hand many of the island community projects that are thriving and to meeting the people behind that success.”