Published: 16/09/2015 08:55 - Updated: 15/09/2015 11:16

Natural energy generates more cash for Forres

NATURAL energy has generated another £20,000 for Forres area groups.

Berry Burn wind farm
Berry Burn wind farm

The Berry Burn Community Fund, established last year, receives an index-linked annual budget of £166,750 from international renewables company Statkraft, which operates the 29-turbine Berry Burn wind farm, south of Forres.

The community fund is overseen by ten volunteers living and working within its operational boundary, which takes in the community council areas of Forres, East Nairnshire, Grantown-on-Spey, Cromdale and Advie, Speyside, Heldon, Findhorn and Kinloss, Finderne and Dyke Landward.

Chairman Eddie Tomkinson is pleased with the variety of groups and projects selected to receive backing this time around.

“We have, among other awards, agreed to help nine young local sailors, learning the ancient arts of seamanship in the Moray Gig at Findhorn, and fundraising to take part in the Atlantic Challenge in Denmark next summer; we’re paying for cycling equipment for a local nursery; we’re backing the Friends of the Falconer Museum and their plans to run science workshops for children; and we’re helping the Forres Area Credit Union get more schoolchildren into the habit of saving,” he said.

“All we ask is that people live in the zone covered by the Fund, that they submit their application in the right way and that they show us how their funding will help the wider community. “We’re satisfied that all the successful applicants this time round will be doing just that.’

The local beneficiaries are: Noah’s Ark Developmental Playgroup - £3,775 for tricycles and bicycles; Forres Area Credit Union - £5,400 to help run a Schools Savings project; Friends of the Falconer Museum - £5,000 to fund science workshops for local children; and The Moray Youth GB Atlantic Challenge team: £5,625 towards participation in an international competition in Denmark

Funding has also been allocated to: the DAVA Project - £500 to help promote our local railway heritage; Grantown-on-Spey Tennis Club - £10,000 for new windows; and Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team - £5,000 to help fund new equipment.

Applications for the next awards round are due to be assessed in November.

The closing date for application is October 19. Guidance information and application forms can be requested by email from

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