First introduced as part of the Year of Natural Scotland 2013, the Scottish Government aims to encourage, celebrate and reward community action for the environment around Scotland.
The 2013 winners were:
Eco Drama brings greener living to life in creative and inspiring ways, enhancing the environmental education of young people through participation in fun, high quality drama and theatre experiences. The projects innovative approach to teaching young people about the environment impressed the judges, and shows a massive scope for growth for schools across Scotland. Find out more about Eco Drama.
Freegle Scotland is a web and social media service that connects unwanted goods with those who can make use of them – which reduces waste across all sections of the community. Easy to use, and with groups across Scotland, Freegle is a simple initiative that has made an invaluable contribution to better resource management and saving goods from landfill, it enables people in all regions to achieve a positive environmental, economic and social impact together. Find out more about Freegle Scotland.
The community of Lamancha, Macbiehill and Halmyre
A community cluster of initiatives, which include Lamancha and District Community Association, Bread Matters, Halmyre Deans Farm Firewood, Breadshare Bakery, the Whitmuir Project, Whitmuir the Organic Place and Halmyre Community Company. This entry impressed the judges with the breadth of initiatives and its clear focus on community prosperity, collaboration and achievement. A real success within the Scottish Borders.
The Bike Station
The Bike Station is Glasgow’s largest bicycle recycling organisation, managing to recycle and refurbish more than 4,500 bikes since its opening in 2010. As well as saving these bikes from landfill, The Bike Station has made a big impact in Glasgow and beyond, especially with their Better Way to Work project which encourages sustainable travel with the aim of reducing pollution from vehicle emissions whilst at the same time encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Find out more about The Bike Station.
One of the projects we were impressed by was Urban Roots, which has continued to grow year on year, involving the community of Toryglen through regular volunteering and learning opportunities. Originally grown out of the Toryglen Gardening Club, Urban Roots helps people make behaviour changes and pro-environmental lifestyle choices through practical demonstrations, volunteering opportunities and workshops. Find out more about Urban Roots.
There were two further entries that although not award winners, did receive significant praise and so have been given special recognition. They are:
A young project established in June 2010, the Concrete Garden is a community project in Possilpark, North Glasgow, dedicated to urban food growing and carbon conscious living. Concrete Garden has a packed programme of ventures encouraging the local community to live greener lives, including classes where local residents can tend to their own urban garden, plus innovative waste reduction and repurposing workshops and junior cookery classes. Find out more about the Concrete Garden.
LEAP – Local Energy Action Plan
LEAP – Local Energy Action Plan has been inspiring green behaviours in the communities of Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire. The project helps residents save energy and money by providing free and impartial advice on home energy topics and available grants and subsidies. LEAP has become an integral part of the community, encouraging local volunteers to make each area more sustainable. Find out more about LEAP or watch the Climate Challenge Fund video about the project below: