DONATIONS are urgently needed ‘to make history happen’ as South Scotland’s biggest community takeover battle enters its final fortnight.
People are urged to continue donating to a public funder for the Langholm Initiative to purchase 5,300 acres of Langholm Moor in Buccleuch.
The Langholm charity has until July 31 to raise £2.2million for the purchase.
The public crowdfunder attracted thousands of people around the world, surpassing its goal of £200,000.
Last month, the Scottish Land Fund awarded the charity Langholm Initiative £1million for the takeover.
Success would double the size of the Tarras Valley Community Nature Reserve, helping to deal with natural and climatic emergencies while stimulating community regeneration
Speaking about the final push towards their fundraising goal, Tarras Valley Nature Reserve Estate Manager Jenny Barlow said: “We need one last big push to help make history happen. happen and get us across the line. We urge major donors to come forward and ask people to continue donating to our crowdfunder. Each book brings us a little closer.
“This is a unique opportunity to purchase this land for people and the planet. It really is now or never for one of the UK’s largest community-led nature restoration projects to double in scale.
The Tarras Valley Nature Reserve was created in 2021, following the successful completion of the first stage of community buyout.
It saw the community defy the odds to raise £3.8million to buy 5,200 acres and six residential properties in Buccleuch in March 2021.
Within the reserve, globally significant peat bogs and ancient woodlands are being restored, native forests are being established, and refuge is being provided for wildlife including hen harrier, short-eared owl, and merlin.
Several leading environmental and wildlife charities are supporting the takeover, including Borders Forest Trust, John Muir Trust, Rewilding Britain, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Trees for Life and Woodland Trust.
Buccleuch backed the community bid, agreeing with The Langholm Initiative a fixed purchase price in 2019 and extending fundraising deadlines.
The crowdfunder can be supported at: bit.ly/LangholmMoorAppeal.