Eco-Congregation Awards for Ferryhill Parish Church and Queen’s Cross Church

Congratulations to Ferryhill Parish Church on achieving their first, and Queen’s Cross Church Aberdeen on achieving their second Eco-Congregation Award!

In Ferryhill, the assessors were particularly impressed by – the excellent activities of the Sunday Club and Summer Clubs; – the Fabric Improvements which have been well thought out and, where practicable, have included energy efficient systems (CH boilers; advanced controls; and thermostatic valves); – the general efficiency of the ‘team’ approach to spreading the word throughout the congregation and within the community. Good use of key resources has ensured that a wide variety of people, from youngsters to older folk, have had the opportunity to contribute and to implement environmentally sound and sustainable practices whenever possible; – the initiation of the ‘Fairtrade’ activities and the achievement of £560.00 sales since November 2010.

At Queen’s Cross Church, the assessors especially commended the congregation for – the “Adopt a Border” initiative – which promotes both a sense of ownership of and practical action in the church grounds; – the way in which they have engaged many of the congregation, including the Congregational Board, in discussions to achieve a more environmentally friendly purchasing policy; – the eco-team’s commitment to bio-diversity projects, especially the forthcoming creation of a hedgerow to include indigenous plants i.e. hawthorn, blackthorn and hazel to enhance an already picturesque and historic part of Aberdeen city; – the automated lighting system and new zoned heating system, which will help achieve improved energy efficiency in a building which is used every day.

Well done and congratulations to both congregations!