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Pocket Garden competition at Dundee Flower & Food Festival 31 August – 2 September 2018

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

You can find out more about the Dundee Flower and Food Festival here:



St Ninian’s Craigmailen receives Gold Eco-Congregation Award

St Ninians Craigmailen Church Linlithgow was recently awarded a Gold Eco-Congregation Award. This photograph shows the eco group from the church and a member of the Brownie Guides receiving their plaque. This is our highest award, currently only held by three congregations.

Our award assessors said:

“Clearly there is a strong, and enthusiastic, small team who lead and
initiate Eco-congregation activities. Overall, this congregation came across as being vibrant and
enthusiastic, providing good examples collectively and individually as well as clearly making a
difference locally, nationally and internationally. They deserve the Gold award and will provide a
good example to other churches of what can be achieved in a small to medium sized congregation.
Well done, may your enthusiasm continue to develop and inspire the next generation.”

To find out how your congregation can apply for an award click here.


Eco-Congregation at Heart & Soul 2018

The Church of Scotland’s annual Heart and Soul event in Princes Street Gardens takes place on Sunday 20th May 2018. Eco-Congregation Scotland will be there with information about our Faith Action for Nature project.

We will also be following on from our successful photo competition with a live Twitter feed of your nature photographs along with the best shots from our photo competition. These will automatically be displayed in our tent at the vent. You don’t have to be in Edinburgh to share your nature photos. Details are below, but remember its not until the afternoon of Sunday 20th May.


Screenings of climate change documentary Not Without Us across Scotland during June.

Not Without Us — Official Trailer from Kontent Films on Vimeo.

As Scotland drafts a new Climate Bill, Take One Action, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland present a special screening of Not Without Us, a rousing documentary that connects the dots between decreasing biodiversity, indigenous land rights abuses, fossil-fuel driven economies, growing economic inequality and government inaction in the face of the greatest crisis engulfing our planet.

Putting frontline communities’ perspectives at its centre, Not Without Us immerses viewers in the moving, personal journeys of grassroots campaigners from across the globe as they attempt to harness the only force that can prevent catastrophic climate change: the will of the people.

Please join us after the screening to explore the role social movements are playing in pushing for world-leading climate legislation in Scotland – with guests including members of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, policy makers and grassroots campaigners.

Sunday 3rd June, 17:30, Grassmarket Centre, Edinburgh
Saturday 9th June, 17:30, Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen
Sunday 10th June, 17:30, DCA, Dundee

Saturday 16th June, 17:30 CCA, Glasgow
Sunday 17th June, 17:30, Eden Court, Inverness
Saturday 23rd June, 17:30 Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries 
Saturday 23rd June, 17:30 Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Sunday 24th June, 17:30, CodeBase, Stirling

Silver Eco-Congregation Award presented to Moray church by Richard Lochhead MSP

Aileen Buchanan, Francis Mitchell (both members of the Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman Eco group), Richard Lochhead MSP, Rev Jenny Adams.

Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman Church welcomed Richard Lochhead MSP to present the congregation’s Eco-Congregation Silver Award on Sunday 6th May. The award recognises the congregation’s actions to care for creation in its spiritual life, practical work and global living. Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman were particularly commended for the range of people in its Eco group, the regular sharing of environmental issues in the quarterly church magazine, the ongoing work to reduce energy use, and its links with local schools, uniformed organisations, and other churches in Moray. The next stage for the congregation will be to work towards a Gold Award, which would see creation care embedded in every part of church life.

Mr Lochhead, Moray’s MSP and former Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, said, “It was an absolute pleasure to present Duffus, Spynie and Hopeman Church with their Silver Eco-Congregation Award. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to protect our environment and to care for our planet, and the church is working hard with other local organisations to take practical steps to do that. The church is showing real leadership and are a great example of how we can make small changes in our local communities to address global problems.”
Rev Jenny Adams, minister of Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman Church of Scotland, is delighted that this area of work is being recognised. “We believe we are part of God’s creation, and have a responsibility to care for it. We’re trying to take that seriously, in our local communities and across the world, in spiritual and practical ways. The award is a marker of an ongoing commitment and challenge.”

Eco-Congregation Scotland is a movement of Scottish church congregations, of all denominations and none, committed to addressing environmental issues through their life and mission. There is a network of registered Eco-Congregations across Moray, who meet a few times a year to learn together. The Award scheme is optional, but encourages congregations to keep making progress.


Introducing our new Environmental Chaplain Rev David Coleman.

This year our our Environmental Chaplaincy project moves into its second five year period funded by the United Reformed Church. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rev David Coleman as successor to Rev Trevor Jamison, who leaves to take up a pastorate in North Shields. David hopes to be with us in Mid August.

The Rev’d David J.M.Coleman BA BTh PgDip is a URC minister and a Member of the Iona Community, with exceptional experience in reflective photography, multimedia, and writing in the context of local church worship and mission. He has two late-teenage children, (and a cat), is qualified in theology, German,and electronic graphics, and has been riding electric bikes since the turn of the century, though he can drive when needed. He has worked with congregations in North Wales, Southern England, and the West of Scotland. With a background including the grassroots interface of science and faith, David is delighted to be looking forward to being part of the mission of Eco-Congregation Scotland at this challenging time of cultural transition and climate crisis.