Choose REAP!

Vote now for worthwhile causes and projects in Moray at https://www.tsimoray.org.uk/youchoose3  until 12pm, Wednesday 5th December.

 A vote for REAP is a vote for more growing, harvesting, cooking and sharing tasty, healthy veg, herbs and fruit in Moray’s primary and secondary schools! Every vote counts for us. Please note REAP is on page 2 so you’ll get a chance to vote from some great projects in the other category first. It takes 2 minutes. Thank you!

 

Wind Farm Community Benefit Funds

Deadlines for the next funding rounds for the Hill of Towie and Edintore Community Benefit funds have been set. Please not that applications can be received at any time before the deadline and applicants are urged not to leave it to the last minute. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Support is available to complete applications if needed and you are welcome to discuss your application and check eligibility with REAP staff before applying.

Edintore Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund closing date for applications is Friday 15th March 2019
Hill of Towie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund closing date for applications is Friday 5th April 2019

Details of the criteria and aims of each fund, the areas of benefit each fund covers, and application forms and guidance notes are available on the Downloads page. Paper copies are available from the REAP office. 

Low Carbon Living

The day to day choices we all make can help to fight climate change, save us money and make us feel good. Lots of local people are already doing their part with greener shopping, cooking, eating and growing. If you want to check how you’re doing, or see what other simple changes you could make, take a look at the new Grow Elgin ‘Low Carbon Living Leaflet’ – available on the Downloads page here and Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund ‘Guide to Climate Change’ here 

If you’d like to know more about why Climate Change is happening and what we can all do, here is a short video from Keep Scotland Beautiful.

 

 

Community Growing in South Lesmurdie

South Lesmurdie folk – Local residents are keen to get growing and have been working with REAP to get things started. We’d really love to hear from everyone in South Lesmurdie about their ideas for community food gardens and activities.What would you like to see? What do you want to grow, pick and eat? If you’ve not seen the proposals, please contact us to get more information and a simple feedback form

Hill of Towie Community Community Benefit Fund Deadline and Elections

Funding Applications
The next deadline for funding applications for the Hill of Towie Community Benefit fund is

Friday 28th September 2018.

Applications must come from groups that operate in the fund area of benefit and must fit at least one of the fund social or environmental aims. Forms and guidance notes are available on the website downloads page and hard copies are available on request. You are welcome to contact REAP for an informal chat about your application or for any support you need in completing the application process. 
The fund is available thanks to RES UK who operate the 21 turbine site at the Hill of Towie. Since being established in 2012, the fund has made 119 grant awards totaling just over £521,000.

Community Representatives
This year, nominations are open for the two community representative positions on the Decision Making Panel. One representative is from Botriphnie (Drummuir area) and one from Boharm (Mulben area). Community representatives must live in the are they wish to represent and have two nominees who also live in that area. They will typically be asked to assess applications and attend decision making meetings twice yearly and will sit for three years before standing down. Forms are available on the downloads page and hard copies are available on request. The deadline for nomination forms to reach REAP is 15th September 2018. If there are multiple nominations, elections will be held on 15th October in Drummuir Hall and 16th October in Mulben Hall. If you need any more information or want to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact REAP. 

Grow Elgin events and courses in June

A two-part Gardening course for Beginners is starting 6th of June and a composting workshop on 27th June where you can learn how to turn your waste into garden gold! Both are free but booking is essential and places are limited so don’t delay. See details and the link to book on our events page or contact REAP.

There’s also a drop in session at the community beds in Cooper Park on 16th June – no booking needed, just come along for as long as you’d like – details on the Events page.

GO (even more) GREEN for 2018

For something completely different to the seasonal madness, I hope you enjoy these pictures of 3 of us REAP employees with our Carbon Literacy Certificates. Myself, Barney and Dorothy attended this 2-day intensive course in November in Keith along with 18 other attendees from across the North East, run by the Climate Challenge Fund. The course focused on the realities of climate change, what is happening and why, and how we can take action to help reduce emissions.

All three of us learned a lot, from the trainers but also from our fellow attendees, who included High School 6th year pupils, managers and staff from a variety of Climate Challenge funded projects, energy advisors, recyclers and growers. To gain our certificates, we all pledged to carry out a personal carbon saving action and a community or workplace based one, too.

Our pledges are listed below. One of mine was to advertise what we have pledged as examples to hopefully inspire others – this could be you! So when you are making your New Year resolutions, why not get involved, find out more about climate change and devise your own pledge to go even more green in 2018

Our pledges are:
1.To cut out one journey in and out to work per week, either by electric biking in, or working at home
Carbon saving on 20 miles round trip in car x 45 weeks = 900 miles per year
2.To replace 2 meat-based meals with vegetarian meals to total 4 meals per week for the whole family, using only locally grown vegetables for those meals
Carbon saving on meat and supermarket sourced vegetables (food miles etc)
3.To save more seeds to use in REAP projects and propagate more plants using peat-free soil
Carbon saving on transport and production costs of seeds and saving peat bog habitat for carbon capture
4.To move house to a location where I can use my bike more, saving on local trips to and from town
Carbon saving on car travel 5 miles round trip 2 x per week = 520 miles per year

Best wishes for the New Year from us all at REAP

Grow Free Food for the Future! Tree Planting Day at Maryhill Medical Practice

Thursday 30th November 1- 3pm and  Monday 4th December 1-3pm

Drop in and plant some trees, FREE tea, coffee and snacks to keep you going, and sample some wild fruit jams and jellies.

Every tree you plant will provide food for people and wildlife for decades to come!

Plant a tree  in memory of a loved one, as a dedication to someone you care about and make a wish!

No experience needed, just sturdy footwear. Tools will be provided.

Come and along visit the new Maryhill Therapeutic Garden and find out how you can get involved.

For more information contact the REAP office or Alasdair Taylor on 07873 728 587

Energy Champions Autumn update

Hello folks, as the nights draw in and Jack Frost starts to come a’ knockin’, our Community Energy Champions team have been getting busy getting out spreading the word of how to save money on your fuel bills and getting to the heart of our project.

Leaflets and freebies galore for the knitters at Elgin Community Centre

We have run two drop-in information and training sessions: in Elgin in September and Forres in October; with Buckie Community Centre (22 November 10am – 1pm, free lunch!) and Elgin Youth Cafe (5 December 3.30 – 5.15 pm) to follow – booking advised. We cover deciphering your fuel bills and switching tariff and supplier, how much different home appliances use, different heating and hot water systems, factors in Moray that contribute to affordability of domestic fuel bills and heat loss in the home, amongst others. It’s a basic overview, nothing too complicated but extremely useful!

As well as our intrepid Community Energy Champions who’ve stayed for a good while – with the allure of a certificate, the lunch (!), goodies, a follow-up bespoke home visit and the feel-good factor of then passing on the knowledge in their community – other folk have dropped in for a wee blether and to grab loads of different handy leaflets and freebies for saving energy. So something for everyone. Want to find out more? Then come on down!

In the coming months we will be visiting organisations such as tenants groups, sheltered housing units, groups supporting the elderly and vulnerable, and community and interest groups such as Men’s Sheds to put on these sessions – do you know a group who would be interested? We are targeting Buckie, Dufftown, Elgin, Forres, Keith and Lossiemouth in the main. Please contact us.

Mini wind farms at Seafield Primary

And we’ve had tremendous fun visiting Seafield and St. Sylvester’s primary schools in Elgin, Anderson’s in Forres and Cluny in Buckie, with more schools across Moray in the pipeline. In highly interactive sessions, the children have been finding out where their energy comes from and how it links to climate change, as well as simple steps they can take to help tackle climate change and save the grown ups who pay the bills at home – and for their school! – money. Lindsey Jackson from The Moray Council and her solar-powered critters and gadgets have gone down a treat!

Just a couple of the twenty-odd Summer Scorcher families at Mortlach Primary

 

And lastly, while summer can now seem a distant memory, in Elgin, Buckie, Forres and Dufftown, families loved dropping in to make simple solar ovens from pizza boxes in our Summer Scorcher events when we launched the project.

We’re looking forward to the next events!

Warm wishes to you all,

Barney and Lynne

 

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!