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Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted to be working with Dundee Flower and Food Festival 2018 to promote a One Planet Picnic competition to design the most exciting and unusual pocket garden, using plants that can be eaten, attract wildlife and celebrate 30 years of the Festival in Camperdown Park.
The competition is for groups to design a pocket garden, sized 120cm x 100cm, to mark this 30th year of the Dundee Flower and Food Festival and celebrate sustainable growing and gardening. Twelve winning designs will be selected and these groups invited to construct their pocket garden for display at the Festival, which runs from 31 August to 2 September. The pocket gardens will form a ‘Celebration Garden’ located in the Floral Marquee adjacent to our Keep Scotland Beautiful stand.
Entries are invited from all organisations, including schools, nurseries, horticultural societies, friends’ groups, It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland Groups, allotments and community allotment groups, etc
Interested groups are asked to provide a sketch of the proposed pocket garden design, annotated or with explanatory notes.
A fact sheet providing competition details, a design brief and inspiration for your design ideas and how to stage your exhibit can be downloaded here.
The twelve winners invited to display their gardens in the ‘Celebration Garden’ will receive two free tickets to the Festival and will receive a commemorative certificate. They will also be judged and overall winners announced in early September.
All entries must be submitted electronically by 5.00pm on Friday 15 June 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more about the Dundee Flower and Food Festival here: www.dundeeflowerandfoodfestival.com
Over the next few months, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland will be out across Scotland with their members putting on Climate Action Workshops which you can get involved in! These free to attend workshops are an exciting opportunity to meet others interested in climate change, get to know more about this years Climate Bill and to find out how you can get involved in campaigning.
SCCS are also delighted to be working in partnership with Take One Action at some of these workshops to bring you a screening of Not Without Us, a film following frontline activists in the fight against climate change. Check the event page of the workshop near you to find out if there will be a screening and how to get tickets.
More workshop dates and locations will be added over the next few weeks so keep checking the website for our up to date list. You can register for tickets at the confirmed dates so far by following the links below:
Selkirk – Thursday 26th April
Edinburgh – Sunday 3rd June
Dundee – Sunday 10th June
Inverness – Sunday 17th June
Irvine – Saturday 23rd June
St. Andrews – Friday 27th April
Aberdeen – Saturday 9th June
Glasgow – Saturday 16th June
Dumfries – Saturday 23rd June
Stirling – Sunday 24th June
These workshops will provide information about the Stop Climate Chaos CLimate Bill campaign and equip you with the knowledge and skills to take action. We hope attendees will feel inspired to take the message that we need a strong climate act onto their streets, communities and to their representatives.
In partnership with Take One Action, the workshops in Edinburgh (3rd June), Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness, Dumfries & Stirling will be followed by a screening of Not Without Us – following frontline activists in the fight against climate change for a subsidised cost of just £4!There are nine workshops which you can register for today:Selkirk, Selkirk Parish Church Hall – 26th April 2018Continue reading →
Edinburgh, Grassmarket Project – Sunday 3rd June
Aberdeen, Belmont Filmhouse – Saturday 9th June
Dundee, CCA – Sunday 10th June
Glasgow, Renfield St. Stephens – Saturday 16th June
Inverness, Eden Court – Sunday 17th June
Dumfries, The Stove – Saturday 23rd June
Stirling, Codebase – 24th June
Three eco-congregations have received grants from the latest round of the Climate Challenge Fund.
Congratulations to all of you and we look forward to hearing about the progress of your projects.
Granton Parish Church (Church of Scotland)
Granton Parish Church’s Granton Goes Greener project will improve energy efficiency at the Granton Parish Church buildings by installing double glazing, insulation and LED lighting. The project will also create a Swap and Reuse Hub to save unwanted household items and clothes from being sent to landfill. Additional activities include the distribution of surplus bakery items from local businesses to a local school and offering led cycle rides and maintenance sessions to encourage a move from car travel to bike. A Climate Change Officer will work with the community to raise awareness of climate change together with advice on how to take action that can help tackle the problem.
Grant of £88,734 (includes maximum funding of £29,912 from the European Regional Development Fund).
St Paul’s Cathedral Dundee (Scottish Episcopal Church)
The Cathedral Church of St Paul, Dundee will run the St Paul’s Energy Saving Challenge project to cut the carbon emissions of the Cathedral through installation of new LED lighting. The project will also help the Cathedral community, including the nursery and Junior Church, to raise awareness of climate change and ways to take action, with a focus on how to reduce energy use in the home.
Grant of £150,000 (includes maximum funding of £58,240 from the European Regional Development Fund).
Gate Church International (Independent church)
Gate Church International’s Gate Church Carbon Saving Project will reduce the amount of clothes and household items landfilled by expanding their network of collection boxes in Dundee and finding donated items new uses. The project will also make energy efficiency improvements to Gate Church and establish a community fridge to share unwanted food items. Further initiatives include workshops where the community can learn more about carbon emissions and climate change.
Grant of £183,744
Tron St Mary’s Parish Church, Glasgow (Church of Scotland)
Tron St Mary’s Parish Church’s Saving, Sewing, Sharing, Growing project will increase the amount of food grown locally, tackle food and clothing waste and raise understanding of climate change. Project activities include increasing food growing in gardens and schools, redistribution of surplus short dated food and provision of clothing repair and climate change workshops.
Grant of £95,669
In addition to recently awarding our first Gold award to Carlops Parish Church we have recently awarded three other Church of Scotland Congregations:
Stonehaven Parish Church – their 2nd Eco-Congregation award and the last presented under our old award system.
St Andrew’s Church, Arbroath – Bronze award
Callander Kirk – Silver award
This shows a huge level of commitment by those congregations to environmental issues and we congratulate them all on this significant achievement.
If your congregation is interested in applying for an award please click here.