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Cairndow group takes over Ballure Woods in Argyll

Ballure Woods Image copyright HIE
Image caption Ballure wood sits next to the River Fyne in Glen Fyne

A community group in Argyll has bought a 37-hectare woodland with the aim of creating more jobs and socio-economic benefits for the local area.

Here We Are, based in Cairndow at the head of Loch Fyne, took ownership of Ballure Wood on Friday.

The woodland includes a plot with planning permission which will be used for local affordable housing.

The purchase was made possible with £125,000 of funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

John MacDonald, chairman of Here We Are, said: "We are all very excited to have had our offer accepted on the woodland and delighted that we can now continue with our plans for development of our renewable energy business and community projects.

Image copyright HIE
Image caption Community group Here We Are has taken control of Ballure Wood

"Our committee and volunteers have worked hard for many years towards this and we thank HIE for their support and financial assistance."

Here We Are was established in 1998 and currently generates income from two trading subsidiaries.

Our Power CIC operates a wood chipping plant, supplying biomass to heat water for several businesses.

Here We Are also has a 25% share in the Merk Hydro LLP, a one megawatt hydro scheme currently under development.

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