Langholm Initiative receives £1m boost


The Langholm Initiative has been awarded £1m in what is being called a "major game-changer" for the scheme that hopes to double the size of Tarras Valley Nature Reserve.

The Langholm Initiative was awarded the sum by the Scottish Land Fund, and plan to put it towards an ongoing fundraising mission. The town of Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, aims to raise £2.2m by July to purchase 2,150 ha of Langholm Moor from Buccleuch, and so double the size of the new community-owned Tarras Valley.

The initiative in Dumfries and Galloway hopes to buy a further 2,150 ha of land on Langholm Moor (via Tarras Valley Nature Reserve Facebook).

Success would allow the community to put into action ambitious plans for tackling the nature and climate emergencies while boosting community regeneration. Jenny Barlow, Tarras Valley Nature Reserve's Estate Manager said: "With the clock seriously ticking if we are to achieve this community purchase, this award from the Scottish Land Fund is a major game-changer.

"It has really turned the tide in our favour, and we are hugely grateful. Thanks to other generous donations, including from thousands of people from all over the world to our public crowdfunder, we are now just £450k shy of reaching our overall target. We’re going to work tirelessly to make this happen."

A new stretch target of £200k for the buyout's public crowdfunder has now been set, after donations recently surged past its initial target of raising £150k towards the purchase.

The crowdfunder can be supported at bit.ly/LangholmMoorAppeal.