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Community groups in Edinburgh urged to think green

The latest scheme for local groups to get involved with will be very popular according to staff at Car Hire Edinburgh Airport.

The search has started for the best green community in Edinburgh, with former BBC Scotland meteorologist Heather Reid helping support the campaign. Heather is urging community groups across Edinburgh to enter A Grand Green Idea, for their chance to win £1,000 of funding to help bring their green initiative to life.

Heather Reid said “I’m delighted to again be supporting such a worthwhile and exciting project. Over the past two years I’ve been impressed by some of the innovative ideas local communities have had to improve their environment. A Grand Green Idea is a great opportunity for people to get together and think about their local surroundings and how they can make it more environmentally friendly.”

A partnership between WWF Scotland and People’s Postcode Lottery, A Grand Green Idea is challenging community groups, schools and social clubs to come up with an idea that will benefit their local environment.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said “A Grand Green Idea is a fantastic initiative and I am delighted that People’s Postcode Lottery are working alongside WWF on this project. I would like to encourage community groups across Scotland to get their thinking caps on and come up with an idea that will improve their local environment.”

This year’s competition has two main categories under which groups can enter their ideas; Climate & Energy – which could include the final piece of funding for a community wind turbine to insulating the local Scout hut; and Wildlife & Nature – which could range from clearing pondweed from a local stream, planting wild flowers to helping bees with pollination or creating an insect habitat like a ‘bee hotel’.

This year will see a finalist from each category receive £1,000 to bring their idea to life and an overall winner receiving an additional £1000 to really boost their Grand Green Idea in the community.