Scotland’s seas and beaches

(adapted from an email from Alice Hunter of Greenpeace)

Great news – a motion has been put forward in the Scottish parliament in support of a deposit return scheme!

A recent poll showed that 78% of people surveyed in Scotland said they support the creation of a return scheme – adding a small deposit on each plastic bottle you buy, which you get back when you return it.

The more bottles returned, the more can be reused or recycled – reducing the amount that end up in landfill and littering our oceans.

Please use this link email your MSP, to ask him or her to support this motion. Continue reading

Can Leith become the next zero-waste town?

(adapted from a communication from Changeworks)

Send in your views for a chance to win a £50 shopping voucher!

Leith based environmental charity, Changeworks, is looking to assess the potential of Leith becoming the next Zero Waste Town. This is your opportunity to tell us what you think about how waste is currently managed in Leith, and to input into Changeworks’ proposed project activities.

Share your views by completing this online survey by Friday 17 March 2017 and be entered into a £50 voucher prize draw*. Continue reading

Art Roots fund

What is it?

A fund created to enable and empower communities to make artistic and aesthetic improvements to the National Cycle Network (NCN), for the benefit of place quality, enjoyment and active travel.

Click here for more detail: artroots-fund (PDF).

Who can apply for a grant?

This fund is for constituted community groups, based in Scotland, with their own bank account. However, we will also consider applications from groups who can show that they are organised and committed, without a group bank account.

How much can be applied for?

Grants of up to £1,500 can be applied for. If the total cost of the project is more than £1,500 then evidence must be shown that the remaining cost is covered (match funding is encouraged for bigger projects).

Deadlines and Timescales

Complete and return your:

  •   Grant application form by 5pm on 10/02/17
  •   Grant claim form by 5pm on 19/05/17
  •   Final report by 5pm on 30/06/17

Grow for it!

(adapted from an email from North East locality)

The Grow For It 2017 funding is now open for applications!

We’re looking for talented and imaginative young people aged 12 – 25 to raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants.

With two funding options – Transform a Space and Get Creative – there’s something for everyone. Young people can apply today to be in with a chance of receiving £500 to bring their projects to life!

Successful projects will be selected by a judging panel of young people, from across the UK, who have previously been involved with Grow Wild.

Applying is easy! You just need to create a short video application and send it to us. Learn more about the funding options by watching the short videos below or click here for more information on how to apply.

The Grow Wild Team

Publication of Proposed Strategic Development Plan

(Adapted from an email from SESplan)

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SESplan, the Strategic Development Planning Authority for South East Scotland, has prepared a new Proposed Strategic Development Plan. The Proposed Strategic Development Plan sets out a vision, broad development patterns and levels of growth for the city region over a 20 year period from 2018.

It is intended that the plan will replace the current Strategic Development Plan in 2018 and will inform the next set of Local Development Plans in the future. The Proposed Strategic Development Plan is based on the options in, and responses to, the 2015 Main Issues Report.

The Proposed Strategic Development Plan, the Environmental Report and other supporting documents are available to view on the SESplan website: www.sesplan.gov.uk

The formal period of representations on the Proposed Strategic Development Plan will start on 13 October and run until 5pm on Thursday 24 November 2016. During this period anyone will be able to submit representations using the SESplan Consultation Portal:  Continue reading