Category Archives: Stirling

Eco-Congregation Award for St Ninian’s Old Parish Church, Stirling

St Ninian’s Old Parish Church has received their 1st Eco-Congregation Award. Congratulations!

Photo of church kindly provided by Donald Reid (

Principally the award was awarded for:

– The remarkable, extensive and innovative project to reduce the carbon footprint of the Parish Halls and the church, including an air heat pump system, improved insulation and secondary glazing achieving 50% reducing in energy consumption. Replacing the high energy use and inefficient electric radiator is particularly impressive. Increase of usage as a result of improvements is obviously an added bonus.

– The way in which the work on the church building has been used to help people think about environmental matters in other parts of life, so that many members of the congregation are now looking to do similar things.

–  The various activities by different groups in the church to include and embed creation care themes into the worship and devotional life of the church, including in the children’s educational programme, the bible study group and the ongoing stewardship work.

– The waste recycling systems that have been put in place and planters which have been built and installed in the grounds of the halls.

– The use of the bi-monthly magazine to report on progress and provide carbon cutting ideas.

Well done!

Saturday’s Annual Gathering

A big thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Gathering on Saturday, 21st April. We hope you found the day useful!







Eco-Congregation Scotland AGM lead by Rev. Ewan Aitken.







From left to right: Stewart Stevenson MSP, Charles Agboklu of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and Ewan Aitken.







Rev. Andrew Patterson from Edinburgh Portobello Old Church sporting his Eco-Travel device!


We will be making the workshop presententations and the conference report available to you as soon as we can on the Annual Gathering 2012 Events page:

If you attended the Annual Gathering and did not have an opportunity to complete the feeback form you can access an electronic copy by clikcing on the link: feedback form

Eco-Congregation Award for North Parish Church, Stirling

North Parish Church in Stirling has received their 1st Eco-Congregation Award. Congratulations!

Principally the award was awarded for:

– Their structured approach to reducing energy usage and the carbon footprint of the church buildings by first having a professional survey by the Energy Savings Trust, implementing the improvements and monitoring the benefits on a regular basis and showing these visually to the congregation.

– The work done on insulation, a high efficiency boiler system, the solar panels, PV panels and a control system to manage energy usage and heating in the building.

– Waste recycling facilities to encourage good practice.



– Making all users of the buildings aware and responsible for doing the right thing for our world.

– Plans to install a cycle rack to encourage sustainable models of transport to the Church and the example set by the Minister himself.

Well done and Happy Easter!


St Mary’s Dunblane gets Climate Challenge Fund grant

Received from Kate Nash of St Mary’s yesterday:

I thought you may be pleased to know that St Mary’s Dunblane has been awarded a grant from the Climate Challenge Fund of just under £21,000. We are all delighted as this means we will be able to insulate the church hall, double glaze windows, cavity wall and ceiling. We will also be working alongside St Mary’s Primary School and St Blanes Church in a monitoring of energy use.

I shall be attending the event for the announcement of grants at the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh tomorrow night.

St Mary’s is an eco-congregation. There will be more to follow on this as the project develops.