Councillors on the Cowdenbeath Area Committee have agreed to stump up £15,000 from the local planning budget to recruit a “tree guru”.
The funding will help to recruit an Eco Arborist who will lead a team based in Cowdenbeath to deliver arboriculture services in a 30-mile radius of the town.
Delivering the service will be Living Solutions – a social enterprise and charity based in Cowdenbeath.
The charity is currently engaged on three projects involving young people:-
- Academy in rural skills/certificate of work readiness for sixteen young people a year.
- Waged forestry training for eight young people a year. Participants receive certified training and consolidation in forestry, trees and timber.
- Eight forestry contracting/apprenticeships per year. Participants complete SVQ2 in trees and timber.
Councillor Mark Hood, Cowdenbeath Area Chair said: “I am delighted that members have agreed to fund this post.
“The training programs provided by Living Solutions can only benefit the young people in our community.
“This funding will help provide an eco-arborist service across a thirty mile radius from Cowdenbeath and this service is the first of its kind in Scotland”.