22 April 2019CLIMAVORE - ATLAS Arts

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones is a long-term project by ATLAS Arts and Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe), which began in 2016. Phase two of the project builds on the initial research and public programme to; engage younger generations in a pilot programme; enrich local interest, and develop a machine learning tool to promote sustainable aquaculture. The aim is to build momentum toward establishing The CLIMAVORE Station in Skye.

The Pebble Trust are pleased to announce that we have agreed a larger than usual contribution to this project based on the successes from Phase One and are looking forward to seeing the outcomes of Phase Two.  

 

You can find out more about them here https://atlasarts.org.uk

 

11 April 2019Barvas Local Supply

More great feedback from one of funded projects.

Having been awarded funding from The Pebble Trust, Urras Sgire Oighreachd Bharabhais Community Company (USOB) was able to secure the additional funding through Local Energy Scotland and the CARES Enablement Grant to carry out an ecology study and apply for planning permission. USOB are now in the process of applying for funding to carry out the capital works required to complete this project and begin to generate renewable energy and earn an income for the community.

“We are very grateful to The Pebble Trust for their contribution towards our planning works as this has enabled us to achieve the planning permission required while also be able to apply for FiT accreditation.”

10 April 2019Sustainable House Renovation in the Cairngorms

Are you involved in the renovation of existing homes?

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM - Boat of Garten Community Hall

This event, organised by The Pebble Trust, Cairngorms National Park Authority and Scottish Land & Estates, is aimed at everybody in the retrofit sector from private and public-sector landlords to architects, builders, surveyors and those simply interested in upgrading their own homes.

This is a critical time for this topic, as policy-makers are focussing on the improvements to our housing stock necessary to meet climate change and fuel poverty committments. If we are to make the most of this investment, it's essential that we make sure the work is done effectively.

We will feature Chris Morgan talking about his book, "Sustainable Renovation - Improving Homes for Energy, Health and Environment". Chris is a director of John Gilbert Architects, and has drawn heavily on his experience of Building Performance Evaluation to highlight some of the key reasons why much retrofit work to date has failed to meet expectations. Chris is a Certified Pasivhaus Designer, a former chair of the Scottish Ecological Design Association and one of four architects in Scotland accredited to "Advanced" level in Sustainable Design.

Elizabeth Leighton, Director of the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland, will be speaking about the Scottish Govt policy background to improvements to energy-efficiency. Other speakers will represent The Cairngorms National Park Authority's Planning Department, Scottish Land & Estates and The Pebble Trust, the three organisations co-hosting the event.

The book was commissioned and published by The Pebble Trust, and adopted by the Scottish Ecological Design Association as one of its series of guides to best practice. It is available as a free pdf on the Pebble Trust and SEDA websites, and hard copies can be bought either by mail order via The Pebble Trust or SEDA, or at the event.

18 March 2019Get on your bike!

    

Bike Revolution

Set up in 2012, Bike Revolution is Outfit Moray’s social enterprise project, operating to improve the community of Moray, people’s life chances and the environment. The main goal is to get more people out on bikes; pure and simple.

The Pebble Trust are pleased to support the project by contributing to the costs of new cycle lockers and mechanics training.

15 March 2019What is a ’Pocket Orchard’ ?

Wester Ross Growing Communities Association                                          

POCKET ORCHARDS PROJECT

Pocket Orchards are just odd corners and small public spaces in and around our villages, planted with fruit trees. An ‘orchard’ may include just one tree or a couple of dozen or more. The orchards mainly comprise apples, plums, cherries and pears but also include nuts, soft fruit, and native species for wind protection, pollination and foraging, such as crab apples, rowans.

The Pebble Trust are pleased to help fund the purchase of trees, rootstock and training.

05 March 2019Surfers Against Sewage

 Photo:Casey MacIntyre

With help from The Pebble Trust, Surfers Against Sewage were able to recruit 2 new Regional Volunteers (or ‘Reps’) to the Highlands and Islands. Although they have not yet met their target of 20 Reps for Scotland they continue to work hard in Scotland to increase their presence and this year this has largely been through their Plastic Free Communities project.

Surfers Against Sewage Reps organised 58 official beach cleans in Scotland during the Big Spring Beach Clean and the Autumn Beach and River Clean, although many more unofficial cleans took place throughout the year. What was most encouraging was the numbers of volunteers in Scotland who took part – 5,249, up from 1,207 in 2017. What was also staggering was the amount of marine litter they removed – 10.3 tonnes, up from 3.2 tonnes in 2017. 

Another key area is education in schools. Knowing that pupils are passionate about the environment, this year they signed up 25 Scottish schools to their Plastic Free Schools programme.

Keep up the good work!

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