A scheme set up by a community wind farm charity on the Isle of Lewis will see 100,000 trees planted across the Outer Hebrides by the end of next year, dwarfing national efforts by the UK government. Scotland’s nature advisers have welcomed the move as a “significant contribution” in the fight to curb climate change. Point and Sandwick Trust’s Beinn Ghrideag wind farm, built on common grazings land near Stornoway, is the largest community-owned scheme in the UK. Its three turbines produce 9MW of green energy, enough to power 4,500 homes. Over its 25-year operational lifespan it will also generate millions of pounds in community benefit for the local area. The trust set up the Western Isles Croft Woodland Project in 2016, in partnership with the Woodland Trust. Funded to the tune of around £70,000 a year, the scheme will see 100,000 trees planted over four years for a cost of £280,000. Upwards of 100 schemes of varying size have already been planted across the islands, which historically have been virtually treeless, and there are several more in the pipeline.
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