Kinkell Byre, the exclusive converted barn wedding venue on the coast just outside St Andrews, has been awarded a further £55,314 from the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund, managed by NatureScot, to boost its mission to rewild the farmland on which it is located.

Thanks to a grant of £27,150 in 2021 from the Nature Restoration Fund and support from the Woodland Trust, volunteers and the Northwoods Rewilding Network, good progress has been made to enhance biodiversity and enable the Fife business to positively respond to the climate emergency.

So far, 6,430 trees have been planted along with 127 fruit trees to encourage bees, insects, and other pollinators. Ten wetlands have also been created while 981 metres of fencing has been erected to enable free-roaming conservation grazing in future.

This second grant will help protect and enhance the Site of Special Scientific Interest that runs along the coast at Kinkell and is part of the rewilding project. It also includes the creation of new wildflower meadows and the employment of a rewilding officer.