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Community groups across Scotland receive £1.6m backing from the Scottish Land Fund

Woodlands, village shops and an urban community centre are amongst the assets set to pass into community hands following funding by the Scottish Land Fund. 

A village shop in the Borders, a stretch of ancient woodland in South Lanarkshire and a community centre in Edinburgh are amongst the projects that have received backing from the Scottish Land Fund.

Blackwood Estate Community Association has received £67,000 in order to take ownership of 65 acres of ancient woodland in order to safeguard it for the future and to improve access for residents of the nearby villages of Blackwood, Kirkmuirhill and Boghead.  

Kircolm Community Trust in Dumfries and Galloway has received £53,000 to buy and reopen the village shop at the northern tip of the Rhinns of Galloway and use it as a community hub.

And North Edinburgh Arts (NEA) has been given £156,000 to buy its current premises in Muirhouse, which it intends to extend and upgrade to create more space for additional enterprise units and a larger cafe.

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