A north-east village at threat from coastal erosion, flooding and landslides will receive nearly £11 million for a nature-based conservation project.
Catterline, south of Stonehaven, which inspired Joan Eardley’s most famous paintings, has been selected by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) for the £10.8m EU-funded scheme.
A team of engineers from GCU will devise an eco-friendly way to protect the village and protect it from flooding and landslides over the next four years.
The project will see trees, reclaimed timber, debris and biodegradable material used to shore up the bay’s defences, with civil engineers, planners and stakeholder engagement specialists working alongside villagers on long-term solutions.
Professor Rohinton Emmanuel, principal investigator of the project, said: “It will involve engineering interventions that mimic nature. The solutions will be co-designed and co-deployed with the community.”
Catterline was home to Joan Eardley in the 1950s, providing inspiration for many of her dramatic seascapes which are exhibited across the UK.