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19 December 2003
Scottish heritage group gets cash boost

The Dalriada project which has been masterminded by a host of partner groups - including Historic Scotland, Kilmartin House Museum and Scottish Natural Heritage - has been given a 90,000 cash boost. The project aims to build on the rich history and natural heritage of Knapdale and Kilmartin Glen, in Argyll (Scotland), by raising the location's profile and attracting new visitors.
     The new cash assistance, which comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Community Economic Development Programme, will allow two people to be employed to take the project forward. Forestry Minister Allan Wilson said: "The hard work undertaken by all the partners involved in this project is resulting in positive action for the local community.
     The main focus of the Dalriada project is in North Kintyre and the Mid Argyll area, including the communities of Lochgilphead, Ardrishaig, Kilmartin, Crinan, Cairnbaan and Tayvallich. The area is steeped in rich heritage and under the project many important archaeological sites and internationally-important nature conservation areas will be safeguarded for future enjoyment.
     A Forestry Commission spokesman said: "Native habitats will also be restored to create a rich landscape of native woodland, mire, hill, loch and sea loch. The project officers will be responsible for raising awareness of the initiative, consulting and involving the communities, stimulating business interests and making the most of the area's resources."

Source: The Press and Journal (18 December 2003)

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