Climate Challenge Fund cash for island project

A Western Isles project is among the latest recipients of Climate Challenge Fund cash, announced by Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson today (Tuesday).

Seventeen projects throughout Scotland will each receive a share of £1.5 million.

Among the successful projects is Green Great Bernera, which receives £68,500.

Bernera Community Association of Great Bernera Island will create the community-led Green Great Bernera project to reduce its carbon footprint. The project will grow fruit and vegetables for local consumption, thus reducing emissions associated with food transport as less food will need to be imported from the mainland.

Given the extreme climate of Great Bernera the project will depend on the shelter of gale-resistant greenhouses and polytunnels as well as wind-breaks to successfully cultivate the area for growing. The project will ensure all green waste is recycled and will use primarily local resources such as seaweed fertilisers and self-made compost to ensure additional reductions in carbon footprint.

Mr Stevenson said:

“Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today and, here in Scotland, we want to be part of the solution.

“That’s why we set up the Climate Challenge Fund to support communities as they tackle climate change by reducing emissions through a range of innovative schemes.

“I look forward to seeing the results of the Great Bernera project who receive an award today. No single individual, group or even nation can solve the problem of climate change. But, by working together and with everyone playing their part, we can make a real and lasting difference.”