Calanais and Bragar projects grant success

Projects to survey and record the coastal landscape at Calanais and repair a coastal cemetery in Bragar are set to benefit from funding as part of Scotland’s Year of Coast and Waters.

By John A. MacInnes
Monday, 23rd November 2020, 8:53 am
Coring samples being taken.
Coring samples being taken.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced funding of £194,349 to 18 community-based projects to protect, promote or engage with Scotland’s coastal or waterway heritage as part of its Coast and Waters Heritage Fund.

Grants of £3,000 to £20,000 have been awarded to projects which deliver benefits to the local community through outreach and educational activities, repairs to stabilise historic or marine structures, developing traditional skills and increasing understanding of Scotland’s coasts and waters heritage.

Funding has also been awarded to projects which are developing and implementing measures to enhance resilience and adapt to climate change.

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The recipients include Urras nan Tursachan which has been awarded £19,920 for a community project to train local volunteers to survey and record the coastal landscape at Calanais, the intertidal zone and the waters of Loch Roag. The project will use geophysics and traditional survey techniques to gain new insights into the site.

£5,000 has also been awarded to Urras Sgire Oighreachd Bharabhais Community Company to support a survey which will inform approaches to repair an important coastal cemetery in Bragar which is currently at risk due to coastal erosion, ensuring that it is protected for the future.

The Coasts and Waters Heritage Fund is a one-off competitive fund which launched in March to celebrate Scotland’s themed year.

Amy Eastwood, Head of Grants at HES, said: “We are pleased to support these 18 projects as part of our Coasts and Waters Heritage Fund.

“This funding will support a wide range of community outreach activities as well as crucial repairs to historic maritime structures which not only encourages people to engage with our coastal and waterway heritage but helps to ensure it is protected for future generations.

“From Dumfries and Galloway to the Highlands and Islands, these projects cover a wide geographical spread and showcase the fantastic work that goes on within communities across the country to harness, highlight and help to place a spotlight on Scotland’s diverse coastal heritage.”

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, said: “The Coasts and Waters Heritage Fund was launched to empower communities to protect, promote and engage with Scotland’s coastal and waterway heritage as well as adapting to the effects of current challenges such as climate change.

“What the range of projects have shown is that our coastal heritage is a fabric that runs through communities, both in terms of sense of place but also how it has shaped people’s lives as well as how coastal communities are continuing to adapt to the effects of current challenges such as climate change. I am confident that these projects will deliver significant benefits to local communities throughout Scotland and I look forward to seeing the progress unfold.”