Funding boost for Gunsgreen

GUNSGREEN House Trust has been awarded a substantial grant from the Scottish Government and the European Community Scottish Borders Leader Programme.

The grant of £66,837 over three years is to support the appointment of a development worker to build partnerships with other tourist attractions and organisations in Eyemouth and the Scottish Borders in order to increase the number of visitors to the area and build local skills.

The post will be based at Gunsgreen House but will have a wider responsibility, building on existing close relationships in the area, notably involving Eyemouth Museum, Eyemouth Maritime Centre and Paxton House.

There will be increased work with young people, the promotion of special events at Gunsgreen House and the development of a range of training for businesses, cultural organisations, volunteers and other people who wish to get involved in the tourism business.

Simon Furness, chairman of Gunsgreen House Trust, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity to help to secure the long term future of Gunsgreen House and boost tourism and educational visits to Eyemouth.”

The post and project will also be supported by grants from The Robertson Trust and Ernest Cook Trust.