£38k in green grant aid for East Dunbartonshire pupils
Green-fingered youngsters in East Dunbartonshire will soon be helping to reduce local carbon emissions by growing food and plants, thanks to funding made available through the Scottish Government’s Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF).
Having applied to the CCAF, the following schools and early years centre received £38,417.47 between them: Mosshead Primary School in Bearsden, Balmuildy Primary in Bishopbriggs, Craigdhu Primary in Milngavie, Gartconner Primary and Gartconner Early Years Centre in Kirkintilloch and Holy Trinity Primary in Kirkintilloch.
The funding will be used to provide food and plant growing equipment such as green houses, class planters, gardening tools, seeds and soil.
And when the schools and early years centre welcome back all children, the young learners will be growing their own food and learning about tackling climate change through reducing carbon emissions, food waste and food packaging.
Joint Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Polson, said: “Growing food is a great way to teach children about reducing waste and carbon emissions and it’s an opportunity for the very youngest people in East Dunbartonshire to play a part in tackling climate change in our communities.”
Joint Leader of the Council, Councillor Vaughan Moody, added: "I am sure planting will quickly get underway when the schools and early years centre reopen to all children. I am looking forward to seeing all the delicious fruit and veg the children produce.”The CCAF, a Scottish Government fund, administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, provides capital funding for a variety of items which will help community-based organisations tackle climate change as Scotland moves towards a net zero society.
Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful administer the CCAF and Barry Fisher, CEO said: “We congratulate all the community-based organisations awarded Community Climate Asset Fund grants.
"We are committed to making Scotland clean, green and sustainable, and through the CCAF, we are delighted to support communities to tackle climate change and contribute to a green and just recovery from COVID-19.”