Island eco businesses benefit from National Lottery funding

Andy and Jenny Macdonald of Woodside CIC Arran.

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Two eco-orientated businesses on Arran have received National Lottery funding from the Together for Our Planet Fund.

Th fund has awarded £1 million to community groups and business which are working towards combating climate change.

Arran Eco Savvy and Woodside CIC have both been awarded £10,000 and are among the 112 community groups across the country that will implement projects that act on climate change.

Eco Savvy has used the funding to deliver the Zero Waste Café, which visits villages across Arran, delivering healthy, fresh, locally produced food to residents at an affordable cost.

On Arran, Woodside CIC will create a fully accessible growing space with raised, wheelchair-accessible beds and a disabled access composting toilet.

The project will support people of all abilities to gain food growing experience, supervised by a dedicated part time staff member, helping to strengthen a more sustainable source of local food production on the island.

Kate Still, Scotland chair of the National Lottery Community Fund, said: ‘Thanks to National Lottery players, this funding will enable over one hundred Scottish community groups to take meaningful and ongoing action on climate change.

‘By thinking locally and focusing on what this means for them, they will collectively build on small actions that will contribute to the wider climate action movement.

‘I look forward to seeing these projects come to life over the coming months.

‘Not only will they make significant environmental improvements, but they will also help communities to thrive.’