Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere are putting funding to good use at a critical time for enterprise across South West Scotland.

Having been awarded £1.9million of funding by the new South of Scotland Enterprise Agency, the internationally-recognised organisation now has the resources to increase staff.

The two newest team members will focus on marketing, education, and community work, with partnership projects already underway in collaboration with local councils and tourism organisation.

Jenna Cairns comes to the team from The Wildlife Trust, while Tamara Fulcher’s marketing and social media management experience will be utilised in growing the Biosphere’s digital connections and ‘supporting the supporter’.

Both join at a time when the boots-on-the-ground community projects will continue as and when COVID restrictions allow, with the Biosphere’s expanded staff hoping for a dynamic schedule of public engagement outdoors later this year.