Sustainable Kirriemuir is a community group that aims to educate local people on the climate emergency and to support them to move towards more sustainable, low carbon living. Set up in 2019, their Nourish Kirriemuir project is currently funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to engage 500 local people with the climate emergency, grow 2 tonnes of local food and save 6 tonnes of food from being wasted.
Sustainable Kirriemuir has three members of staff and a dedicated group of volunteers who work hard to keep driving the project forward, despite the challenges Covid-19 has presented. We are always thinking of new ideas on how we can adapt our activities to work around the restrictions. Last summer we provided 100 raised bed kits to local families complete with compost and veg plants to support them to grow at home through our Get Set Grow campaign in response to Covid-19. This spring we hope to be able to repeat the Get Set Grow campaign, along with developing our 4 community garden sites at Northmuir Primary, Southmuir Primary, Webster’s High School and the Kirriemuir Community Garden at St Mary’s Field. We are also working in partnership with Kirriemuir Food Hub to redirect local food waste, and Free Period Angus to provide reusable period products to the people of Angus.
Sustainable Kirriemuir have also embraced the use of digital technology to stay connected to others in the community and have hosted many different online events including the popular Christmas Crafternoon workshops in December, virtual Cook-alongs and regular monthly Climate Café sessions, with various speaker events and film screenings coming in the next few months. February will see our first virtual Seed Festival and over the following few months we are bringing together a series of Sustainable Fashion virtual events as well as supporting local people to reduce their food waste through our Food Waste @ Home Challenge, launching in March.
Over the next 3 months we are also working with Angus Council to connect with Kirriemuir residents of all ages to gather their ideas on every aspect of active and sustainable travel connecting people in and to the town. This Community Planning Project will focus upon walking and cycling (functionality and leisure); public transport and car use; safety and infrastructure, with a view to being able to create a vision of a transport system, shaped by the people of Kirriemuir, which promotes social inclusivity, connectivity, sustainability and health and well-being.
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For more information on any of our projects please visit www.sustainablekirriemuir.co.uk