The community exchange, which also involved the Arbroath FC Community Trust, was part of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) programme, made possible by funding provided by The Scottish Government.
The exchange brought CCAP communities and others from our It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland initiatives together to experience the climate work going on across both towns.
CCAPs support the work of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, aiding communities to access safe and inclusive green and public spaces.
Arbroath and Kirriemuir have both been working hard to implement and raise awareness of climate action across the community and there are plenty of results to show for it.
The events began at Gayfield Park for a welcome and introductions, followed by a stadium tour to learn more about the club’s work around sustainability, including newly installed EV charging points and LED lighting. Talks were then held on more of the club’s action and how the Community Trust’s Youth Forum have been working hard on tackling litter in Arbroath.
At Kirriemuir Community Garden, the fantastic work which volunteers are doing was examined, such as growing flowers and produce for events, how the space is used for mental health, and the world’s first 3-D printed log beehive.
A video on Sustainable Kirriemuir’s work around an e-bike trial and e-cargo bikes was presented before wrapping up with a Q&A.
Heather Ashworth, Keep Scotland Beautiful projects officer, said: “It was fantastic to see two communities in different stages of their climate journey working hard on bringing their Community Climate Action Plans to fruition, through community-led action”.
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