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!

 1st Back Brownies

06 February 2019Nairn Community Orchard

This week we were delighted to receive the end-of-project report from Green Hive, who used a Pebble Trust grant to set up a community orchard in Nairn and have been bowled over by the response of locals – many of whom have come out to help with the work and learn about all things fruity.

The Nairn Viewfield Community Orchard was planted in October 2017, with the help of a £3191 grant from The Pebble Trust. Since then there have been volunteer days to maintain and nurture the space at least once every month (except for some winter months) and

4 public events coordinated by Green Hive. The orchard project has also been the catalyst for developing strong working relationships between Green Hive and other local groups.

Benefits to the community:

Planting of the orchard has benefitted the community by establishing a free community food resource for the future, creating a place to sit, gather and stop to appreciate the park. There are now environmental volunteering opportunities locally and a more developed network of people connecting through their contribution to the project. Establishing the orchard in partnership with other local groups has stimulated the local network interested in growing and the development of small orchards.

Benefits to the environment:

There has been an increased use of a wonderful natural space and enhanced natural resource in the centre of the town. Increased awareness about community food growing, the environmental benefits of growing your own food and composting, and skills in gardening developed by those who have participated.

Benefit to Green Hive:

The organisation has grown through the development of this project. The community orchard has attracted many more volunteers and members to join the Green Hive community, strengthening other aspects of their work and governance. Most notably the orchard project has acted as a catalyst for building strong relationships with other local organisations and established Green Hive’s reputation in Nairn as a positive and strong contributor to the town. Their success in establishing the community orchard has contributed greatly to attracting substantial funding from other bodies such as the Big Lottery Fund and Voluntary Action Fund, to support the whole organisational development as well as the maintenance of the orchard and public events at the orchard over the next two years.

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