Rural projects in Cairngorms win Euro funding

A bowl of porridge One of the projects will encourage consumption of locally-made foods

Projects in the Cairngorms National Park have secured funding from the European Union-funded Leader programme.

Kingussie Community Development Company has been awarded £93,765 for a micro hydro scheme.

Glen Tanar Charitable Trust, based near Aboyne, has received £44,707 towards the cost of refurbishing the Braeloine Centre on the Glen Tanar Estate.

The park authority has been granted £58,300 for a new scheme aimed at increasing consumption of local food.

The authority has also been awarded £160,000 which will be used to offer support to young people through an existing training project.

Other community projects across Britain's largest national park have also benefited from the programme.

Newtonmore Camanachd Association has been granted £25,020 to research the history and culture of shinty in Badenoch.

A project run by Community Learning and Development and Marr Youth Forum will use £16,416 to provide activities for young people to help them avoid anti-social behaviour.

Abernethy Golf Club has secured £7,507 to help create an area where young golfers can learn and practice golf before they feel confident enough to go on the golf course.

A new indoor climbing wall is to be built at Nethy Bridge after the Abernethy Trust has received £3,750.

Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team has been awarded £8,250.

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