Projects that the Pebble Trust has supported include:
Findhorn Social Enterprise Hub - From Ekopia
The Findhorn Social Enterprise Hub will provide office and hot-desking space and wider support to local organisations which share a committment to sustainable living. It will provide an opportunity for the development of innovative ideas between like-minded organisations, supported by Ekopia, who will act as a model to small social enterprises on how to become sustainable businesses.
Nairn Community Orchard
This project has established a community orchard, as an educational resource, learning space and community gathering place, in an underused public park the centre of Nairn.
ATLAS Arts - CLIMAVORE: On tidal Zones
This project explores how to diversify into ecological aquaculture practices, like seaweed or bivalve farming and promote thieir consumption amongst local residents, restaurants and tourists. An art installation is revealed every day at low tide which functions as a dining table, with free tastings of recipes featuring seaweeds, oysters, clams and mussels. The project collaborates with local chefs and other stakeholders and includes a free educational programme.
Stramash Renewable Energy Project
Fort William based outdoor nursery is installing renewable energy into a 'castle' that has been built on the site for shelter with expertise from volunteer parents. This will be a teaching resource and will help to create the next generation of environmentalists who will protect and cherish the natural environment.
The Peffery Way Association - The Peffery Way Foot/Cycle Path
The Peffery Way Association wish to create and maintain a safe, low level and accessible 6 km foot/cycle path between Dingwall and Strathpeffer and the communities in between using as much of the old, disused railway track and existing paths as possible. This project helped the group to undertake the surveys and work required, and pay the planning fees required to achieve planning consent for the route.
Community Energy Scotland - Local energy Economies, Residential Workshop
This project involved a ‘pilot’ residential workshop to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration between communities and key players to help drive forward our ‘Local Energy Economies’ (LEE) agenda in Scotland.
Ross County Foundation - County's Climate Challenge Project
The project introduced climate change learning into football training sessions for children in P4-6 involving 10 schools in Ross-shire and Inverness. Sessions included physcial training followed by learning using specially produced climate change booklets. Ross Council also started work to reduce car mileage through liftshare and to recycle football kit.
Knocknagael Allotments Association - Allotments Feasibility Study
The aim of the study is to undertake community consultation and form an outline plan for allotments at Knocknagael Farm in Inverness. This site is owned by the Scottish Goverment and it has now been decided that it should not be allocated for housing. With amost 50 people registering an interest in taking an allotment, the feasibility study will be an important step to demonstrate the potential for a more sustainable alternative.
Tagsa Uibhist 'Reclaiming the Knowledge' horticultural project
This intergenrational project engaged school children to find out from their families, friends and neighbours about how and where food is grown on the Uists and Benbecula. This was then used to produce an on-line and printed almanac to encourage more growing projects and promote local self sufficiency, reduce reliance on supermarkets and reduce CO2 emissions. The almanac can be seen at http://www.localfood-uist.co.uk/uist-growers-almanac.
Sleat Community Trust Community Split Log Project
The Sleat Community Trust acquired the 1000 acre Tormore Forest in 2011 and are aiming to utilise the timber in the community as an economic and community asset. Their social enterprise already sells wood chips to local institutions. They now wish to expand their operation to sell split logs to community members and early trials showed a good demand. The Pebble Trust has funded the group to develop their infrastructure to meet this local market. The project hopes to encourage more people to use locally grown resources and become less dependent on fossil fuels. The project will also create some local employment and generate income for the Trust.
Ross-shire Waste Action Network (RoWAN)- Tunnel Vision
This project will support Black Isle Primary Schools, working with their local community, to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Polytunnels will provide a protected growing environment for children and members of the community to learn how to grow food with support and training from experienced growers. They will also learn about composting, eating locally and selling produce in their local area.
Take One Action Film Festivals (Highlands and Islands)
Project Aims: to establish a network of individuals and groups in the region with the support, skills, films and tools neccessary to organise popular film screening events and audience impact activities on themes of sustainability and social justice.
The catalyst to the project will be film festivals at Eden Court in 2014 and 2015 supported by the new Inverness Take One Action Steering Group. the Festivals include workshops to promote local action and establishment of film clubs that will organnise ongoing activity in the region.These aim to empower changemakers to make personal, local, national and international changes for a fairer and more sustainable world.
Transition Black Isle - Electricty Windfarms and YOU - Energy Question Time
This event, which took place on Feb 10th 2015 in Fortrose Theatre, used a Question Time format to acheive the following aims:
- To improve understanding of long term energy issues globally and in Scotland including progress towards CO2 emissions targets
- To motivate people to take personal action to reduce emissions for reasons that go beyond cost saving
- To motivate people to take action in their community to address energy issues
Speakers and the panel included politicians and energy professionals and questions were taken from a varied audience. the foyer was used for social networking, tradestands and refreshments.
The event attracted a capacity audience of 150 and evaluation forms were collected.
Other projects that The Pebble Trust will support might inlcude:
- Projects which directly reduce the resource-intensity of communities – for instance a community composting scheme, a cycling project or a waste reduction project.
- Feasibility studies for projects that will reduce resource intensity of communities for example a study for a business selling locally grown food
- Projects which promote ways for communities to become more sustainable – for instance, a conference or publication on insulating hard-to-treat homes;
- Research into practices elsewhere and how they might be applied locally – for instance, a case study of district heating systems and the barriers to their implementation
We hope to be surprised and inspired by a wide range of applications, many of which will lie beyond the expected!