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Dorothy has Royal (Horticultural Society) Approval

After 3 years of blood, sweat and study followed by fingernail shredding exams, oor Dorothy has achieved her Level 2 Royal Horticultural Society Certificates in Principles of Horticulture and Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.

She said, “It has been hard work but totally worth it. It has been great to study then go out and deliver my new knowledge to the public at our sessions and workshops. It really reinforced my learning and it was great to pass on information.”

We are all very proud of Dorothy!

REAP seeks Board Members!!

We’re looking for Board members to help oversee REAP’s work and support our staff and volunteers. No previous Board experience is required. The Board meets about 8 times a year, refreshments and travel expenses are provided and as our current Chair Elizabeth says, “You get more out of it than you put in!”

We are looking for reliable people with an interest in any or all aspects of our work:

  • helping people grow their own food, compost more, cut food waste and carbon emissions
  • therapeutic gardening
  • providing free and impartial energy advice to households in Moray
  • administering local community benefit funds
  • Working with community groups, carrying out research, developing our social enterprise and overseeing the business of being a local environmental charity

If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, please get in touch to arrange an informal chat by calling 01542 888070 or emailing info@reapscotland.org.uk You are welcome to come and visit our office, some of the places we work and meet the Board without making any commitment.

New local community benefit fund launches!

Edintore Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund has launched! Applications are invited from groups, organisations and social enterprises for local projects with social or environmental benefits. To be eligible, groups must have a constitution (governing document) and a bank account in the group’s name with at least 2 unrelated signatories.

Priority will be given to applications that benefit people living within a 5 mile radius of Edintore Wind Farm (see map below). For more information, application forms and guidance notes are available on the Edintore page of the REAP website or from the REAP office. Forms can be emailed or posted out on request. 

The closing date for applications is 31st March 2017

Applications can be submitted to REAP at any time up to the deadline. At present it is expected that there will be 2 rounds of funding each year, in spring and autumn, but this may be subject to change.

If you’re not sure if your group or your idea is eligible, please get in touch via info@reapscotland.org.uk or by phoning 01542 888070. You are also welcome to come by the REAP office at 177 Mid Street in Keith, although it’s a good idea to phone ahead to ensure staff are there who can help you with your enquiry.

Primary Area of Benefit Map (click to view a larger image).

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Strathisla Pipe Band are the smartest!

Strathisla Pipe Ban Uniforms for website

 

 

Strathisla Pipe Band were the best turned out at Forres Highland Games. They successfully applied for funding to the Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund, which supports groups and organisations based in Keith, Boharm and Botriphnie. If you’d like to know more and find out if your organisation is eligible, please take a look at the community grants page or call the REAP office on 01542 888070. The next deadline for application is 26th August 2016 The decision making panel usually meet twice yearly to consider grant applications. Demand on the fund has been high this year so you may wish to check before applying. The next deadline is likely to be in spring 2017.

Raised beds

REAP’s raised bed video is now on the website here and available for viewing, with thanks to Christy Kail film and the Climate Challenge fund. The raised beds leaflet has been updated and is available for download as a pdf here.

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Grow Elgin 1 Climate Challenge Fund Report

The final report on year 1 of REAP’s Grow Elgin project is available here on the downloads page. It covers the events held, carbon saving targets hit, composting collected, raised bed parties held, community planting days, electric bike adventures and photos of just some of those who helped make it such a success. We are already underway with Grow Elgin 2, another year of saving carbon, doing our bit to combat climate change and spending time with brilliant people sowing, growing and celebrating local growing and composting.

Edible Garden in Cooper Park

Community planting day 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all those who helped out at the planting day. We had a great time and now there will be fruit trees and herbs for years to come for everyone. Why not make a harvest of herbs as you pass through the park? Ultra low food miles, no plastic wrapping to go to landfill and as fresh as a daisy. What could be better?

Spring Planting in Elgin

Community Garden invite

 

No experience required – we’ll be on hand to help and can provide tools and gloves. If you’ve got green fingers come along too and share your expertise. We’d love to see you there – just let us know you’re coming so we’ve got enough cups of tea and tools.

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”