Millennium Forest for Scotland
|Millennium Forest for Scotland (MFST)|
|Type of project||National Lottery-funded project|
|Prime Minister(s)||Tony Blair|
|Launched||23 October 1995|
|Closed||31 March 2006|
Conceived in 1994, the project's ambition was to restore and maintain a significant amount of the forestry in the Scottish environment, and secondly to reestablish the link between local communities and the environment that surrounded them.
The project's nationwide appeal led to many local communities, farms and established natural projects (such as the National Trust for Scotland and the World Wildlife Fund) investing time and money in restoring and maintaining many areas of natural importance throughout Scotland.
As a result of the initiative, it is estimated that the project has restored over 22,000 hectares of forest and natural land and created 200 kilometers of new hiking trails.
Some locations that the project has helped include:
- Balmaha Millennium Forest Park, Balmaha
- The Millennium Forest, Borgie, Sutherland
- Mugdock Country Park, Milngavie
- Cashel Millenium Forest, Loch Lomond
- Angus Millennium Forest, Angus
- Edinburgh (urban forest project)
Although the project was aimed for the turn of the millennium, the efforts and investment in the project lasted over a period of 12 years, with many of the benefits still being felt today. The project ceased to exist following the winding-up of the Millenium Commission in 2006. As seen above, many signposts and markers symbolizing the initiative's legacy can still be seen around Scotland.
- Millenium Commission - National Lottery Good Causes
- Restoration of Scotland’s Forests: The Millennium Forest for Scotland Initiative – (Angela Roe, University of Minnesota, 1999)
- "BALMAHA MILLENNIUM FOREST PARK". www.visitscotland.com. Visit Scotland. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
- "Angus Millennium Forest - Springfield Park Wood". www.woodlandtrust.org.uk. Woodland Trust. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
- "Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2000 Nomination for development on the ground". www.gov.scot. The Scottish Government. Retrieved 23 August 2016.