National award for green group

Graham Jaques, the Treasurer of Greener Kirkcaldy being presented with a certificate and a cheque for �1000 by TV presenter Gabbby Logan and Irwein Lee of Proctor and Humble at the Future Friendly Awrds in London.
Graham Jaques, the Treasurer of Greener Kirkcaldy being presented with a certificate and a cheque for �1000 by TV presenter Gabbby Logan and Irwein Lee of Proctor and Humble at the Future Friendly Awrds in London.

A KIRKCALDY environmental group has returned home victorious from an awards ceremony in London.

Greener Kirkcaldy won the Scottish Area award in the Future Friendly Awards on Tuesday night, which recognise great environmental efforts across the UK and Ireland.

In keeping with the company’s eco-friendly ethos, Graham Jaques, the treasurer of Greener Kirkcaldy and David Hansen, the project co-ordinator, travelled by train to the ceremony as it saved at least 184kg of carbon dioxide compared to going by plane.

Graham was presented with a certificate and a cheque for £1000 by TV presenter Gabbby Logan and Irwein Lee of Proctor and Gamble.

After the award ceremony which was held at the London Wetland Centre, David said: “We thank everyone who voted for us in these awards.

“We are very pleased to be area winners.”

Carbon emissions

Greener Kirkcaldy was recognised for its work in reducing carbon emissions by 918 tonnes per year and helping over 200 people at risk of fuel poverty to keep warm and save money.

It also advises and supports people on a range of environmental issues such as energy efficiency and greener transport, with options from walking and cycling, to car-sharing and fuel efficient driving, waste reduction and local food – promoting local produce and encouraging those who want to grow their own.

Since April 2010, the group has run an advice centre in Kirkcaldy town centre and worked with community groups to raise awareness of environmental issues, and organised a wide range of events.

Save money

Its ‘Energy Savers’ project helps people to save money on their electricity and gas bills, and gives advice on energy-saving measures such as home insulation.

The Greener Kirkcaldy volunteers are also developing other projects this year including working with Kirkcaldy Allotment Group towards a community orchard within Ravenscraig walled garden and increasing the amount of renewable energy produced in Kirkcaldy.