LBCP Ranger Service Awarded Angus Council Funding for Community Outdoor Education
We are delighted to announce that Lunan Bay Communities Partnership (LBCP) has been awarded an Angus Council-approved grant to extend the LBCP Community Ranger Service at Lunan Bay for the next 4 months, on a reduced capacity from 1st Nov 2021 to 28th Feb 2022.
The LBCP was formed in response to local issues arising from COVID-19 restrictions on public access and behaviour. The Lunan Bay Ranger Service seeks to deal with immediate effects of the pandemic on the community and visitors, increase awareness of environment and enhance the outdoor experience for all.
The LBCP Ranger project is unique in that it’s the first community-led Ranger service in Scotland which benefits the environment, community and visitors, working in collaboration with the local authority. The focus of the Ranger Service over autumn and winter will be on primarily on community education with positive effect on social and mental wellbeing, along with visitor management. We will continue to work together with the local community and Angus Council to ensure that the area is a safe and inviting visitor destination. Furthermore, this funding will allow us to continue our popular community outdoor education classes onsite at Lunan Bay, including the free weekly, Junior Rangers Club and our outreach program with Angus schools, along with our continued conservation activities.
The funding will bridge a funding gap allowing the LBCP to retain our rangers, Michelle Spink and Owen Barron until longer-term funding is secured for a permanent ranger service, meaning the service can continue without disruption.
We’d like to thank, Angus Council and their elected representatives for their ongoing support throughout the Ranger project, in addition to the Blair-Imrie family, landowners at the North end of Lunan Bay. A special mention to Nature Scot who funded the initial project over the summer months. It’s been an immense team effort to date, and we are delighted during the week of COP26 that our local authority has continued to support our efforts to secure a sustainable future for Lunan Bay for generations to continue to enjoy.