Green light for Kinghorn ecology centre funding

Julie Samuel (right), general manager, and Rhona Lyon, communications manager, at the old centre.

Julie Samuel (right), general manager, and Rhona Lyon, communications manager, at the old centre.

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Plans to relocate the Ecology Centre in Kinghorn to a new sustainable building have been given the green light thanks to a £900,000 award from the Big Lottery.

The centre will move from its current premises to a nearby site on the banks of Kinghorn Loch, which will enable it to continue providing much needed education and meeting rooms for the local community. The new centre will also continue to provide a range of training and volunteering opportunities for young people in the area.

Julie Samuel, general manager, said: “We are absolutely ecstatic to have been awarded this grant as it means that The Ecology Centre can continue to provide its services to the community.

“This award means we can continue to involve the people and volunteers who are a huge part of the centre already and have helped it to become what it is today.

“It also means that local, young, unemployed people will continue to have opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge to get into employment. It’s very exciting to have a purpose built, environmentally friendly Centre to operate from, enabling more people to be involved in a more comfortable environment. “

Big Lottery Fund Scotland chairman, Maureen McGinn, said: “We know from our Growing Community Assets experience, that ownership of an asset can bring long lasting benefits to communities, including creating jobs and developing local services. I am delighted that today’s award will enable The Ecology Centre to continue to be based within the local community of Kinghorn where it will provide a range of increased social and economic opportunities.”