Caithness community buys Rumster land for eco plans

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A community-led company has taken ownership of land at Rumster Forest

A community-led company in Caithness has bought 40 hectares of land to generate income for the local area.

Latheron Lybster and Clyth Community Development Company's (LLCCDC) projects include building a wind farm, forest management and harvesting.

The company also hopes to create a network of paths for local access.

It raised £10,000 towards the Forestry Commission's asking price of £80,000 while, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) paid the bulk of the price.

The company decommissioning the Dounreay nuclear site also provided financial support.

Eric Larnach, LLCCDC secretary, said: "We are absolutely delighted that we have reached this milestone in the project.

"In the long term we hope many areas of our community will benefit from the income we will generate.

"It is a great opportunity, particularly given the current economic pressures, for communities to direct their own destinies."

He praised HIE for its support and commended Community Energy Scotland for helping them "through the practicalities of getting three wind turbines up and running within the next four years".

Highlands and Islands Enterprise community land adviser, Liz Howard, said: "HIE has been working with the community company throughout this process and we are delighted that we have been able to assist them to get to the point where their ambitions can be implemented."

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