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This is the latest news from the Edinburgh Eco-Congregation network.


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  • Three Scottish Eco-congregations share £518,000 in grants from Climate Challenge Fund


    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




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  • Register now for our Annual Gathering, 28th April in Edinburgh

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  • Murrayfield Churches Together event for Earth Hour, Saturday 24th March 2018. #promisefortheplanet #earthhouruk

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  • Wardie Parish Church achieves Gold Award

    We are delighted that Wardie Parish Church has become the second eco-congregation to gain a Gold Award.

    Here is what our assessors said about their award application:

    The application described a wide-ranging and interesting variety of action embedded in the life of the congregation. The assessors were very impressed with your thorough, integrated approach to planning and review.It is very encouraging for us to see a congregation like yours that is incorporating care for creation as a sustainable,integral part of its work and worship. In the words of one of the assessors, “I am particularly impressed that some elements have been maintained for several years. Wardie seems to add to their work without losing the earlier projects.

    Not only is the award for your inspirational and innovative work in creation care but it also recognises your sustained support for Eco-Congregation Scotland and the Edinburgh network over many years.

    This is the latest in a flood of applications for our new Eco-Congregation Awards.

    Awards presented recently include:

    • 2 gold awards (Carlops, Wardie)
    • 7 silver awards (Selkirk Parish Church, St Columba’s by the Castle, Holy Trinity Melrose, Callander Kirk, St. Ninian’s Perth, Murrayfield Parish Church and Stirling Methodist)
    • 4 bronze awards (Queensferry Kirk, St. Andrews Arbroath, Livingston United Parish and Lenzie Old)

    Congratulations to all of you for your hard work and continued commitment to the environment.

    If you are interested in applying for an award click here.

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  • St Columba’s by the Castle Scottish Episcopal Church in Edinburgh gain Silver Eco-Congregation Award.

    On Sunday 18th February Eco-Congregation Scotland’s Environmental Chaplain, Trevor Jamison, preached at St Columba’s by the Castle Scottish Episcopal Church in Edinburgh. This was an occasion to celebrate St Columba’s receiving their Eco-Congregation Silver Award, and Trevor is seen here, presenting it to representatives from the congregation.

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Energy Saving Trust in South East Scotland

For advice on energy efficiency and reducing energy bills or to simply check if you are entitled to any government grants, please don’t hesitate to contact the Community Liaison Officer for your area, Dagmara Opilka. You can contact her on:


Direct line: 0131 468 8682 | Helpline: 0800 512 012.

Complete and send the Referral Form to check if you are eligible for financial support.

Dagmara has offered to arrange a meeting or a talk to discuss the available services from the Energy Saving Trust. For more information click on the leaflet link Home Energy Scotland.