Bags of enthusiasm for Earth Hour

Rosebank Allotments
Rosebank Allotments

Switched-on residents in East Dunbartonshire turned off the lights and bagged free compost as part of local efforts to support Earth Hour.

East Dunbartonshire Council gave away dozens of bags of compost on March 28 to help people to really ‘grow green’.

Residents and council employees also rallied to the cause when they took part in a symbolic ‘lights-out’ gesture for an hour on March 29.

Earth Hour is an annual worldwide effort to increase awareness about climate change and how we can all be more eco-friendly.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration services, said: “I am delighted that people in East Dunbartonshire switched off their lights and potentially switched on to greener lifestyles as part of Earth Hour.

“I visited Rosebank Allotments in Kirkintilloch and the free bags of compost available on the day were very popular - attracting residents from all over East Dunbartonshire. Many thanks to Buchley Eco Centre for their support.

“The allotments are an excellent example of the council working in partnership with communities and groups to encourage people to be eco-friendly and also to get more active.

“Earth Hour is past, but there are many ways we can all be ‘greener’ - and the council is here to help.

“Composting, for example, ticks a number of boxes – it reduces landfill, cuts greenhouse gas emissions and promotes local food growing.

Garden waste collected by the council is processed at Buchley Eco Centre in Bishopbriggs, where it is turned into compost, soils and agricultural products for domestic and commercial markets.