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Green heroes win EcoCity awards


The efforts of dedicated green heroes who work to enhance sustainability and improve the Granite City's environment have been rewarded at the annual Aberdeen EcoCity awards.

Councillor Jenny Laing & Angela Taylor with Ecocity winners,Finlay Runcie & Gabriella Hlade from St Josephs RC School and Alison Taylor and Pat Lawrence from Cummings Park Community Flat The winners and runners up of the Aberdeen EcoCity Awards were announced at a presentation ceremony which highlighted achievements by local community groups and the education sector. The awards recognise the contribution of local people to initiatives which enhance the environment and help make a difference to the quality of life in the city.

Awards in the Eco Learning and the Community Category were presented by Enterprise, Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee vice-convener Angela Taylor, and Education, Culture and Sport convener Jenny Laing.

Councillor Taylor said: "The EcoCity Awards recognise the hard work, dedication, and green credentials of projects carried out by community groups and organisations across Aberdeen. The standard of entries was really high again this year and it was a very close competition with a minimal amount of points between the winners and runners-up. It is great to see such commitment, dedication and hard work from local people involved in projects that are making a real contribution to Aberdeen's future as a sustainable city."

Councillor Laing added: "Some really hard work has gone into this year's entries and I know the judges were very impressed by what has been achieved across the city. I'm particularly delighted by the very imaginative efforts put in by the schools, which brought fantastic results and undoubtedly helped the children to learn a lot about environmental issues."

Category award winners each received 1,000 and the runners up received 250 towards an environmental initiative of their choice.

Eco Learning Category
St Joseph's R.C. Primary School, for an Eco Garden Project. This involved creating a garden area at the school, providing an outdoor classroom facility, where pupils can learn about the environment. The garden encourages biodiversity and enables pupils to learn about growing food.

Runner-up: Hanover Street School for the project, Aliens from Planet Green Land in Aberdeen. This waste reduction project was carried out by Primary 1 and Primary 2 pupils who recycled junk to make toys, photo frames and decorative flowers to brighten the play ground. The school made a DVD to inform others and to encourage everyone to take care of the planet.

Community Category
Cummings Park Community Flat for the Family and Community Garden project. This garden space was created by the local community and the garden will remain an ongoing project for community members to use, look at and be part of. Vegetables and fruit are already being grown and others will be introduced to supply ingredients for a cooking group.

Runner-up: Powis Residents Group for the Powis Greenspace Improvements project. This proactive community-led initiative is developing the park area in Powis, improving the greenspace and working with local agencies to enhance safety. A project group has been established and work, including bulb planting, community events and a community clean-up has taken place.