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Funding helps Forth To Farne walk move a step closer

Forth To Farne route map

Community Windpower’s BeGreen Centre in Dunbar is providing financial support to help bring to life a new walk that crosses from Scotland into England, taking in some breathtaking East Lothian countryside along the way.

It’s hoped the Forth To Farne walk will attract new visitors to the area, who will help give a boost to the local tourism industry.

The 60-mile walk is a Pilgrim Route that makes use of existing core paths and sections of long-distance walking routes with optional branches to places of spiritual, natural heritage and cultural importance.

Now thanks to a donation of £4,360 the walk could soon become a reality, providing a new route for walkers, cyclist and horse riders from the region and beyond.

The money comes from the community benefit fund tied to Community Windpower’s Aikengall Community Wind Farms, which is managed by BeGreen.

Inspiration, development and promotion of this pilgrimage way has all been achieved through the work of the Forth to Farne Steering Group which is a totally voluntary grouping.

James Wyllie, from the Steering Group, said: “We’re delighted with such a fantastic donation and overall support from Community Windpower and BeGreen, it really has been able to push us closer to making the walk possible.

“The Forth to Farne Steering Group has relied on the voluntary time and enthusiasm of a core group of individuals, so this funding has given us a real boost.

“But we still need more funding, so would welcome any donation large and small to help us fund way markers, a website and leaflets to promote the walk and the region.”

“We hope that thousands of people make use of the walk, in particular to help with exercise to help improve their health and wellbeing, particularly in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s one of few places where people can social distance, exercise and take time away from things.”

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower, which operates Aikengall Community Wind Farms, said: “The East Lothian coast and countryside is a spectacular landscape and it’s fantastic to be able to support a new walk in the area.

“We hope our funding through BeGreen will encourage others to support the project and hope to see people enjoying it in the near future.

“As a business it’s important we help support a wide range of projects that will help enhanced the area and local economy.

“I’m sure there will be a number of colleagues at both Community Windpower and BeGreen who will make use of the Forth To Farne walk.”

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