Fantastic news. First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced on 20th February, 2017 the award of £9.97 million for 113 community-led projects in the 23rd round of grants from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund. Gorebridge Community Development Trust’s Greening Gorebridge Project won a grant of £85,500, which will help us realise new projects, maintain current initiatives, and help make Gorebridge a beacon town in tackling climate change.
Greening Gorebridge is a local climate change hub and network run by Gorebridge Community Development Trust. Greening Gorebridge will support the community to change simple aspects of daily life such as choosing sustainable travel options and reducing food waste. Creative and inspiring workshops and activities are planned to support the journey to make Gorebridge a healthier, happier and more active low carbon community.(Scottish Government, 20/2/17)
Food workshops are already underway, with Gorebridge Women’s Health Organisation for ways to introduce cost-effective, low carbon footprint, locally resourced food. Such workshops can now be expanded to the wider community. with emphasis on sharing fresh expertise and traditional know-how. A bike bank, where electric bicycles can be borrowed will be created, also a library of things will be a starting point in helping to create exciting, tangible ways each household in our community can decrease their carbon footprint whilst enjoying the benefits of a further contact point within the area, sharing ideas about sustainability.
These are just a few of the many projects and initiatives that the Scottish Government’s award will help Gorebridge continue to grow and regenerate, and help new generations in Gorebridge to be climate challenge ambassadors.
GCDT chairperson, Stephanie Walker;
The Gorebridge Community are delighted to receive funding for the continuation of the Greening Gorebridge Project. It will enable community led action for climate change at a grass roots level. We are very excited to see how the project unfolds with focus on food and sustainable travel. The community are actively encouraged to take part with volunteering and short term work opportunities
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