This is the latest news from the Aberdeen Eco-Congregation network.
For archived articles prior to June 2012 please click here.
Energy Saving Trust Support in North East Scotland
Interested congregations can contact Kasia Buczak on T 01224 253 908 | E KasiaBuczakneenergysavingscotlandorguk (KasiaBuczakneenergysavingscotlandorguk)
Community funding information can be found here.
Small Business Loans - interest free loan for energy efficiency measures and renewable technologies. You can borrow up to £100,000 for any measures recommended in the energy review. Please complete this application form to apply (need printing).
Low Carbon Transport Loans – interest-free loan available for a variety of measures including video-conferencing, cycling facilities, plug-in vehicles or vehicle efficiency equipment. Fuel efficient driver training is also available.
Community awareness sessions – Free group presentations.
Please find the notes the May meeting by clicking on the link: 130529 Aberdeen Eco-Congregation network notes
Our thanks to Joy Doorghens and the team at Inverurie West for hosting the meeting, to Sheila Gray for writing it up and to Bill Craigie for making the arrangements.
Please note that Mr Keenan has offered free food waste collection from your church. If food waste is an issue at your church the email address given on the company website is infokeenanrecyclingcouk. Please mark it for the attention of Mr Grant Keenan.
We have invited Grant Keenan to tell us recycling on Wednesday 29th May at the Acorn Centre Inverurie at 7:30pm. All Welcome!
Please click on the poster to make it larger.
The Eco-Congregation Scotland board welcomes Bill Craigie as its newest Director.
I came to serve on the Board largely by chance. At an ECS Annual Gathering it seemed that the fledgling Network in the Aberdeen area was in need of representation. The Board seemed equally keen for someone to fill the gap! Made welcome as a “fly on the wall” since 2011, I am now delighted to formally join the Board, especially as meetings in Edinburgh allow visits to family. Queens Cross Church is “home”, where our Eco Team are now working towards a third award. Membership of the SOC, SWT, WWF and especially the RSPB give a hint as to where my interests lie!
You can read about our other Directors on the Trustees page!
Skene Parish Church Eco Group sent out an appeal for any double knitting wool that was no longer required in order to knit some tea cosies for our church teapots! A huge amount of wool was received and three tea cosies so far have been made. At the same time one of our group members mentioned the Fish and Chips Babies project and that was all that was needed! Needles began clicking and wool was requested on a regular basis and we now have around 200 outfits ready for dispatch. And the ladies are still knitting!
By Sheila Gray
An excellent activity in the European Week for Waste Reduction!
On Saturday 17 November, an enthusiastic group of folk from Skene Parish Church joined the Eco Group and gathered at a small piece of land next to Kirk Cottage in Kirkton of Skene to take part in a tree planting activity.
Skene Parish Church Eco Group were given a free Community Tree Pack of 105 tree saplings from the Woodland Trust as part of the charity’s Jubilee Woods Project. The Woodland Trust wants to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by helping millions of people across the UK to come together and plant 6 million trees across the country. The trees, all native species, will grow into a young wood in as little 10 years. Also included in the pack is a Royal Oak sapling, which has been grown from an acorn gathered from one of the Royal Estates.
Our hard working team of men, women and children, wielded spades and hammers and had the job done in no time at all – planted, staked and protectors fitted. The work was done under the expert eyes of Alison Sutherland, an Aberdeenshire Ranger and Graeme MacDonald.
The hard work completed, the workers were treated to hot drinks and, as we say in the North East, a ‘fine piece’ to eat.
The Eco group would like to thank all the volunteers who supported us in this venture. Over the next decade or so, it will be interesting to watch our woodland grow. In years to come, we will be able to bring our children and grandchildren along and show them what we helped to achieve in our little corner of the land.
By Sheila Gray