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Edinburgh network meeting on Midsummer in the Royal Botanic Garden

The Edinburgh network met on Midsummer evening in the Royal Botanic Garden.

They heard from Zeshan Akhter, Scottish Natural Heritage, about ways to promote biodiversity, both as individuals and congregations.

Flowers

Later, Heather McHaffie, Network Co-ordinator and Scottish Plants Officer at the Botanic Garden, guided them through parts of the Garden.

Gardens

A beautiful evening in a beautiful space – hopefully to be repeated next year!

Eco-Congregation award for St Columba’s Church Airdrie

St Columba’s Church Airdrie achieved their first Eco-Congregation Award !

Congratulations to St Columba’s Church Airdrie, who gained their first Eco-Congregation award.

Their particular achievements include – The great support for and participation in One World Week over many years. – The extensive practical use of Fairtrade products. – The provision for a wide variety of recycling within the church building – The enthusiasm for and commitment to the programme, which has become embedded in the fabric and life of the church.

Well done!

Thank you!

Valerie Carson from Keep Scotland Beautiful writes:

Thank you for helping to make National Spring Clean 2010 such a resounding success!

For those of you who love facts and figures… This year 83,668 volunteers took part in 1,406 litter picks across the whole of Scotland during the month of April. That’s more than 1.5% of the Scottish population, who took action to clean up the country this spring. Amazingly, 891 schools and nurseries took part and young people accounted for 79% of participants overall – putting us adults to shame. If you’d like to know more, please see the press releases on our Media Centre .

The campaign has made lots of new friends this year, so welcome if you’re new to the campaign and thanks for your ongoing support if you’d taken part before. We hope to see you all again in 2011!

In the meantime, thanks again for helping to spread the word to your members, colleagues and contacts about how they can take action to help keep Scotland litter-free.

With best wishes
Valerie

New network in Dumfries & Galloway!

A new Eco-Congregation network has been established in the Dumfries & Galloway area. All interested churches in the area are very welcome to join in!
the next meetings of the group will take place on Wednesday, 8th September in St George’s Church Dumfries, when the group will focus on the topic of carbon footprint reduction, and on Wednesday, 3rd November in Dunscore, where the theme will be Renewable Energy.

New network in Fife!

Eco-congregations in Fife are in the process of building up a local network. A sub group will meet later in June, to prepare an event this autumn to promote and explain Eco-Congregation Scotland to local churches and involve other local environmental organisations.

More SCV Action Earth grants available

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. CSV’s Action Earth campaign wants to empower people to take action in their community. To do this, we have grants of £250 to give to groups of volunteers who are carrying out practical environment projects in Scotland.

Our SNH Biodiversity Awards of £250 are available for practical conservation projects that improve or create habitats for wildlife or assist in the protection of Scottish species. Projects have included wildflower meadow planting, pond renovation, woodland clearances and wildlife area creation. Grants can be used to purchase plants, tools and materials or to cover volunteer expenses.

Please go to www.actionearth.org.uk for more information. You can download application forms or apply online. We do hope that you will be able to participate in the campaign which runs until 31st July 2010. If you have any questions about the campaign or any planned project please contact:
Robert Henderson Scottish Coordinator CSV Action Earth 12 Torphichen Street Edinburgh EH3 8JQ T: 0131 222 9083 or 0131 622 7766 E: rhenderson@csv.org.uk www.csv.org.uk

Please also forward this document to any groups or individuals you think may be interested in applying.