IGHT are delighted to have been awarded the £228,100.00 from the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund: https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/scotlands-marine-wildlife-set-benefit-funding-boost-more-ps13m-2502783
and £593,000 from the Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund: https://highways-news.com/transport-scotland-awards-9-46m-for-low-carbon-and-active-travel-projects/
Since community ownership in 2002, Gigha's population has increased, new homes have been built, the school role has increased, and new businesses are relocating to the island. However, the community has always been concerned to conserve and protect Gigha’s beautiful natural and cultural heritage which is what makes it so special to its residents and many thousands of visitors each year. Surveys and Community Open Days have revealed a lack of knowledge of Gigha’s heritage and a desire to find out more about it. Access to many of the sites is poor or non-existent. There is also a dependency on vehicular access along a narrow single-track road with no pavements, which the Trust and community want to discourage. This proposal is one of a number of projects designed to reduce car borne traffic to the island, positively benefiting residents but also improving Gigha’s carbon footprint. By providing better footpath and cycle path access to key sites, better information and interpretation online, before visiting (mainland) and on island – we hope to let everyone understand more about what is important about Gigha and help the community to protect it.
Gigha has a number of important built and archaeological heritage sites ranging from a medieval church to an inscribed Ogham stone to several Dun sites. With the exception of very dated interpretation at the Church, there has been no investment in any of these sites for a number of years. Gigha has a range of natural heritage sites but these are not well known and access to many of them are poor or impossible, especially to those less mobile, including families and pushchairs. There have also been no investments in Gigha’s path network for a number of years. This means that any paths that do exist have become overgrown and unusable. The lack of a coherent network in good condition has been identified by many visitors and members of the community as an issue over a number of years and again more recently in the spring 2019 survey carried out by IGHT. When asked what stops people from visiting key sites on Gigha, the highest response was "The paths and routes to them aren't clear."
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