Moray environmental groups to join in a ‘strategic alliance’

Two of Moray’s leading environmental and outdoor education groups are to join forces in a “strategic alliance”.

The Lossiemouth-based group Outfit Moray will link with Earthtime, who are currently based in Elgin’s Cooper Park.

Outfit Moray provides a wide range of outdoor adventures aimed at helping people – and in particular young people – to fully develop their potential. Earthtime was founded in 2011 and provides a range of woodland and nature-based environmental experiences, working in the main with children aged from one to eight years old.

Laura Russell and Deborah Hockney were behind the formation of Earthtime, with Laura saying: “This strategic alliance just makes so much sense.

“As two like-minded organisations the possibility of bringing our joint expertise together, sharing resources and growing together is really exciting.”

These sentiments were shared by Outfit Moray’s chief executive Ian Rideout, who added: “As charities our aims are very similar and we both have a desire to make more of a difference to the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.”

The alliance has also drawn approval from the Moray team of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, for whom Fiona Robb said: “Outfit Moray and Earthtime are examples of ambitious social enterprises that generate both social and economic benefits for the area.

“We welcome their innovative approach in joining forces in this way and look forward to continuing to support both organisations.”

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