MCCI show off green credentials

Methilhill Community Children's Initiative has been announced as one of the Scottish Government's Greener Together Award winners for 2015
Methilhill Community Children's Initiative has been announced as one of the Scottish Government's Greener Together Award winners for 2015

Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative (MCCI) has been announced as one of the Scottish Government’s Greener Together Award winners for 2015, after showcasing its green credentials in the annual competition.

The community group impressed the judges with their passion for bringing greener living to life in a creative, innovative and inspiring way, whilst having a positive effect on their community and the environment.

It’s so lovely to have the hard work and dedication of the community recognised

Shirley Faichney

In Methilhill, Charlie’s Plot, a youth-led community growing project from MCCI wowed the judges with its work growing local in season food and its development of a community challenge for local families to grow more produce.

The Awards, which celebrate and reward communities for environmental action, are now in their third year. They are part of the national ‘Greener Together’ campaign, which encourages everyone across the country to play their part in making Scotland a greener and more sustainable nation.

This year’s judging panel included representatives from the Scottish Government, Zero Waste Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Energy Saving Trust. They noted how from the building of a garden to the materials MCCI has sourced to grow it to the workshops on ‘growing your own’, every aspect of this project practices what it preaches, and gives local people practical skills.

They were impressed by how a project primarily aimed at promoting in-season food also addresses issues such as reducing consumption and the carbon footprint of purchasing decisions, and its work with children is instilling sustainable behaviours for life.

Shirley Faichney from MCCI said: “We were absolutely delighted to receive the nomination for a Greener Together award and amazed to actually receive the award! It’s so lovely to have the hard work and dedication of the community recognised, especially the work of the staff team and our Charlie’s Plot climate change group. The community learning garden is having a great impact on the community and the joy and enthusiasm shown by our children and young people fantastic.”

Richard Lochhead, cabinet secretary for rural affairs and the environment, said: “The Greener Together Awards recognise and reward hard-working communities who are playing their part and helping make Scotland a cleaner, greener place for us all to live. There is some truly excellent work being done across Scotland and I’m very pleased to announce the 2015 winners.

“The calibre of entries remains high from across Scotland, and this year we’ve seen really innovative and diverse ways of helping local people to live greener in their areas. It’s hugely encouraging to see such passion and commitment across a range of projects. Congratulations to all of those who entered this year and to our winners; I can’t wait to see what inspiring and creative initiatives this award uncovers next year.”

The 2015 Greener Together Awards also saw Greener Kirkcaldy recognised for its efforts as well as Govanhill Baths Community Trust which won an award for their Rags to Riches project.

Winners were presented with a Greener Together Award plaque in recognition of their achievement, designed and produced by award-winning Edinburgh-based artist Kate Ive, as well as an additional prize which is to be of use to them in their project work.