New and improved sandwich platter range!

Being based in Scotland, we’ve not been outside a lot this summer. Handily, this means we’ve had plenty of time to work on perfecting our sandwich platter range. The fruits of this labour are our new and improved products!

These lines will be available to order from the 10th of August and samples are available now. Read on below for details of their exclusive features!

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Community Fund – Greener Leith – June Update

Unknown-1After months of waiting, Greener Leith and PEDAL finally received some bad news from the Inverness Planning Officer regarding our wind turbine project near Inverness in the Higlands. He has recommended not to approve turbine on grounds of visual impact.   There are also issues with interference of the local airport radar.  We are still looking into how this may be resolved.  An appeal would be costly but might still get us the desired outcome. We believe that the visual impact could be overcome, the radar interference however would be a much more complicated problem to resolve and could take years.

Another issue is that the subsidies for energy generation of this kind are set to come down, which might make the project less financially viable.  All in all it is a great disappointment to everyone, considering the hundreds of volunteer hours that have gone into this project.

In the next few weeks we will be seeking advice from our consultants how to proceed and get a sense of whether an appeal could be successful.  It will then be up to both boards to decide whether to give it one final go..

Pre-order our special rugby cups!

Our special Rugby cup is available for pre-order. The colourful 12oz double wall cup is made in the British Isles from sustainable and recycled board, and the special design is printed with vegetable-based inks. The plant-based lining has 72% less carbon than the plastic lining on conventional hot cups!

Teresa Suter, our Sales Director says: “We wanted to capture the excitement and energy of the sport. Abstracted action shots show a sportsman at the top of his game, about to score a try. We can see it being a real hit with Rugby lovers.”

We’re expecting these to fly out the doors, so why not order some today?

Community Fund – Fauna de la Amazonia – June Update

path workHello, again, from Amazonas, Ecuador! (It is so-named because the waters from this region flow towards, and into, the River Amazon.)

Some raised beds have been created on the sloping areas between where future and current buildings are located. These beds will be used for growing plants for food as well nurturing the soil. As such, they will be low-growing as we do not want to encourage anything which may grow to threaten future structural damage to buildings – something which is easily done here, where trees can grow remarkable quickly.

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Community Fund – COCA – June Update

Unknown-1COCA got a big helping hand in June, when we were joined by six volunteers who came to take part in one of the summer’s UNA exchanges. Along with the regular growing team, the volunteers helped with planting and transferring of hundreds of plants: 500 brassicas including cabbage, kale and broccoli, as well as pumpkins, bean sprouts and 200 sweetcorn. Not to mention getting up to date with the weeding, always a challenge at Caerhys! And they obviously enjoyed it, as two of the volunteers decided to stay on as wwoofers, one of whom, Thomas, is now leading the next UNA Exchange.

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Community Fund – Broomhouse – June Update

vegware3June saw the end of term for our Food & Fitness sessions: we had really successful blocks of Adult Cooking, Cooking Up a Story, Women’s Aerobics and Chair Exercises, and we’ll be back with more of all of them in September.

We had a chance to look back and celebrate the amazing year we’ve had at our AGM on Tuesday 23rd June.  After taster cookery and aerobics sessions, everyone gathered together to hear about all our achievements from the last year, of which there were many!  We then had a lovely buffet lunch, which had been made in the taster cookery session – thanks to them we enjoyed delicious sweet potato and coconut soup, cheese straws, fruity flapjacks, and fresh strawberries with lime and mint.   Yum!

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Community Fund – Meesden Community Garden – June Update

Plants are growing very rapidly as you can see from the photos below. We are digging the early potatoes and pulling up the fist few onions which are being sold to people in the village in our Friday shop. The runner beans are climbing up the support that we purchased with the money you kindly donate. With the aid of the fencing and netting we have so-far been able to keep the birds and rabbits at bay. We thank you very much for the money you give as this makes gardening for the community much more rewarding!

Community Fund – Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens – June Update

0be899b2-2b9d-4c05-89b9-f6cca18cbcd6While the new hospital buildings go up around us the ‘Growing Space’ is developing!
Fruit and veg are once again growing well and so are our plans. The mood board above was one of many produced at the conclusion of concept and design workshops facilitated by the hospital’s Public Social Partnership Team. Staff, patients, volunteers and representatives from many organisations contributed. Progress on the ground in the gardens has focussed on temporary and experimental features.

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