REAP is recruiting!

We are looking for a project manager and sessional community gardeners for our Climate Challenge Funded project “Grow Elgin – and Beyond!”. Building on successful work saving carbon by composting and growing food including edible beds in public spaces, at schools and other organisations this project will work at new locations in Elgin and nearby areas and will also introduce an element of therapeutic gardening for groups and individuals who want to get involved. For job descriptions and application forms please see the downloads page and please don’t forget the equal opportunities form.

The project manager role is for 11 hours/week at £26,000 pro rata. The sessional community gardeners rate is £13 an hour and hours will be flexible. Sessional workers may be employed or self-employed.

There will also be a project co-ordinator post, to be advertised soon.

REAP News ’16-’17

We’ve produced a short four-page newsletter with details of what the various REAP projects have been doing and have achieved over the past year. You can find it in the download section of our website, listed under various projects as the newsletter covers many aspects of what REAP does, or go straight to it at:

Community Gardening in Cooper Park, Sat 25 March

Join us for some community fruit and vegetable growing to celebrate another year of the Grow Elgin project! We will be building some more raised beds and planting them up, as well as tending to the established raised beds and orchard in Cooper Park.

Saturday 25 March, 10.30am -12.30pm, meet at the REAP kiosk next to the play-park in Cooper Park, Elgin.

Introduction to Apple tree care and pruning workshop

Sunday 26 February  10.30 am-1pm

A hands-on outdoor workshop with professional and experienced gardeners Vicky Flood and Chris Pepper teach you the time, tools and methods to keep your apple trees healthy and productive.

The cost of £5 per participant is subsidised by REAP – numbers are limited so please register your intention to attend with REAP by phone or email. The workshop will be in Mosstowie, Miltonduff, near Elgin.

Energy Wise with REAP

Spring Clean your Energy Bills with REAP. Our Energy Advisors will be heading out and about across Moray visiting communities with loads of simple ideas on saving energy, saving money and reducing those fuel bills!
next stop is this Wednesday 1st Feb when we will be at Keith Library from 1pm-2.30pm, pop in and have a blether.

Community Gardening Sat 21 Jan

REAP will be having another community gardening session at ‘our’ vegetable beds in Cooper Park (near the old aviary) for you to join in with!

The session will be from 10.30 to 12.30 on Saturday 21 January and we will be planting fruit bushes and having a composting workshop, so if you’re not already composting at home and need some encouragement or want more advice for what you’re already doing please come along and learn more about composting and fruit and veg growing.

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 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).