Heather wants Fife groups’ green ideas

Heather Reid with Molly Paterson (4) and Jamie McCarthy (4) promote the Big Green Idea. (Photo by Lenny Warren / Warren Media)
Heather Reid with Molly Paterson (4) and Jamie McCarthy (4) promote the Big Green Idea. (Photo by Lenny Warren / Warren Media)

Former BBC Scotland meteorologist, known affectionately by fans as Heather ‘the weather’ Reid, is searching for Fife’s best green community idea.

Heather is urging community groups in Fife to enter A Grand Green Idea for the chance to win £1000 of funding to help bring their green initiative to life - and follow last year’s competition winner from the Kingdom.

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.

This year’s competition has two main categories under which groups can enter their ideas – Climate & Energy, which could include anything from the final piece of funding for a community wind turbine to insulating a scout hut; and Wildlife & Nature, which could range from clearing pondweed from a local stream, or 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 £1000 to bring their idea to life, and an overall winner receiving an additional £1000.

Heather 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.”

The competition, which is in its third year, has previously had hundreds of entries from community groups from all over the country, and organisers are hoping that this year will be a record breaker.

Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland, said: “We’re thrilled to be launching our third annual Grand Green Idea competition, and we’re looking forward to seeing the great ideas local groups come up with to improve the environment.”

Last year, CLEAR (Community Led Environmental Action for Regeneration) wowed judges with its urban orchard project.

With the help of the £1000 prize, the group in Buckhaven transformed public cycle and walk ways into lined orchards which boast Scottish varieties of apple and plum trees, with native planted bluebells, crocus and other flowering bulbs.

All community groups, schools, clubs and community councils with six members or more can enter the competition. To apply for their chance to win, entrants must state their idea in under 500 words before the closing deadline of October 5.

For more information or to enter, visit www.wwfscotland.org.uk/grandgreenidea