Buckhaven volunteers are CLEAR winners

CLEAR Buckhaven - Community-Led Environmental Action for Regeneration.
CLEAR Buckhaven - Community-Led Environmental Action for Regeneration.
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A leading community association, dedicated to the local environment, has struck gold in a Scotland-wide green awards initiative.

Buckhaven-based CLEAR (Community Led Environmental Action for Regeneration) has won WWF Scotland’s Grand Green Idea search and also landed £1000 funding to bring its plan to life.

The voluntary association – made up of 20 Buckhaven residents – and other groups, put forward its best green ideas and initiatives which would benefit the surrounding environment.

Organised in partnership with the People’s Postcode Lottery, the contest categories included, energy, waste, food, transport and, new for 2013, wildlife.

CLEAR impressed the judging panel with its urban orchard project, which will transform public cycle and walk ways into lined orchards boasting Scottish varieties of apple and plum trees, with native planted bluebells, crocus and other flowering bulbs.

Around 60 saplings will be planted by community volunteers and schoolchildren at three sites – Starkies Wood and Cowley Street verge, Tollpark and the Globe, and Denbeath Park.

CLEAR secretary Allen Armstrong said: “It’s a wonderful boost to have been selected as the winning project.

“As a collective, CLEAR works in the local community to help improve and encourage local residents to create a better physical environment together.

“The prize fund will provide resources to make this ambitious project a reality.

“As well as planting and maintaining the orchards along footpath networks and cycle routes, we will also be able to teach children about the full environmental cycle from planting the trees, enhancing the ecosystem, to using local produce in our tasting and pressing sessions.”