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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.

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church and the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh gained awards!

Congratulations to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church and the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh, who gained their first Eco-Congregation awards. Their particular achievements include – joined environmental initiatives between the church and the centre. While the church’s peace and justice group was clearly the prime mover behind their green policies, Lauriston Jesuit Centre have managed to achieve solid buy-in from all the other sectors of the church community. – an impressive and ongoing “Environment Series” programme of talks and events. – the refurbishment of church fabric, especially the hall, to a very high environmental standard and the amount of time and effort put in to secure a substantial Climate Challenge Fund grant. – the production of Scottish Catholic Study Guide on the environment. Well done!

1st award to Helensburgh URC!

Helensburgh United Reformed Church achieved their first Eco-Congregation Award!

On 25th April, Helensburgh URC was the second United Reformed Church to achieve an Eco-Congregation Award. The assessors commended them particularly on

  • the programme of worship led by the worship team
  • their practical energy measures, which have been very effective in reducing the church’s carbon emissions
  • their contribution to the Helensburgh and Lomond local network that has been important in getting it off the ground
  • and
  • their participation in the “Commitment to Life” initiative.

Congratulations!