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    Garnock Connections

    Connecting people and places within the Landscape





Green Network Training Programme

The environmental and land-based sector offers great opportunities for rewarding and fulfilling careers. It encompasses a diverse range of roles involved in management and maintenance of rural environments and urban green spaces, and all the activities that are supported within them. 

Organisations and businesses look for new entrants to the workforce to be able to demonstrate an ability to learn on the job, and a willingness to enhance their skills through development of knowledge and understanding.

The diverse range of projects and activities being delivered through Garnock Connections offers an amazing opportunity for everyone, particularly young people, to embrace opportunities for personal development.

This project has provided paid work placements in a team environment for young people seeking to work in estate maintenance. Twelve trainees from Garnock Connections communities have now completed their placements, gaining accredited vocational certificates and essential, on the job experience. This includes  transferrable core skills crucial to all employers.

The trainees perfectly summed up what Garnock Connections is all about, as they were able to devote their time and skills to other projects, such as planting trees as part of Community Habitat Restoration, and developing visitor facilities at RSPB Lochwinnoch.


Outputs achieved

12 traineeships completed
9km of paths created
30km of paths improved
7 woodland sites maintained

Did you know?

Lynn Spout, 1km southwest of Dalry, is an important carboniferous limestone feature. This geology formed around 320 million years ago. It is one of 11 Sites of Special Scientific Interest within the Garnock Connections project area.

The public car park and picnic meadow next to Lynn Bridge have been created on land known as Hughie’s Field. The land was bequeathed to the community of Dalry by Miss Margaret Archibald in memory of her brother. Dalry Community Development Hub is working hard to restore and maintain the popular atmospheric woodland walk through Lynn Glen. East Ayrshire Woodlands and the Green Network Training Programme is actively involved with this project.

Contact Details

Bruce Davidson

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01563 578 280

Unit 11, Portland Place Industrial Estate,
Stevenston, KA20 3NN

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