A Brighter Future for Granton Parish Church!

As part of the capital funding from the Climate Challenge Fund, new lighting has been fitted throughout Granton Parish Church buildings. The new lights are not only brighter but more environmentally friendly and will save 6,133kWh of electricity a year, which is equivalent to 2.8 tonnes of CO2 per year. This makes a significant contribution to reducing the carbon footprint of the church building. The church building will also be fitted with new windows and insulation which will save 12,308kWh or 6.36 tonnes of CO2 per year.

This building work complements the swap shop, bread redistribution and cycling project which all encourage people to reduce their personal carbon footprint.

Opening Soon – Muirhouse Community Shed

Muirhouse Community Shed will officially open on Monday 20th August at 10:00.

The Shed, based at the old Co-op building on Pennywell Road is managed by North Edinburgh Arts and funded by the Climate Challenge Fund. The project aims to recycle, reuse and upcycle as much wood and furniture as possible, and to inform and upskill people in North Edinburgh to be more proactive about climate change.

The Shed is offering an initial 12 week pilot which looks like this:

Mondays: Men Only – Drop In – 10:00am – 2:00pm

Tuesdays: Women Only – Drop In – 10:00am – 2:00pm

Wednesdays: Anyone – Drop In – 10:00am – 2:00pm

Thursday: Anyone – Drop In – 10:00am – 2:00pm

The Shed will also be open on the first Saturday of each month – 1st September 2:00pm – 4:00 pm; 6th October 10:30 – 12:30, and 3rd November 10:30 – 12:30.

The shed is open to people living in North Edinburgh who are 16 +. The shed is free to use and refreshments will be provided. A creche can be offered if advance notice is given.

People can currently work with wood and with fabric. Options may increase as the project develops.

Participants can come along and work on their own projects or can offer their time to help Shed staff build items for the community, such as these vertical planters which the community garden at North Edinburgh Arts commissioned the Shed to build.

If your organisation would like anything built get in touch with the Shed! Items would generally be free to local organisations.

Granton Parish Church Yard

I’m a very keen naturalist and thought it would be interesting to have a look at the wildlife in the grounds of Granton Parish Church where Granton Goes Greener is based. This is just an introductory post, I hope to do more in the future.

Granton Parish Church has a lovely churchyard with a number of shrubs and trees that are great for wildlife.

Blackbirds have nested in the grounds and the flowering shrubs attract a variety of bees and white butterflies.

Plus a pied hoverfly visited recently! I tried to get its photo but it wouldn’t stay still so this is a photo of a pied hoverfly I saw in Spylaw Park recently. There are around 250 species of hoverflies in the UK, they’re fascinating insects that are harmless but mimic stinging insects such as wasps and bees.

If anyone is interested in exploring the nature in the kirkyard please let me know! Similarly if you have seen interesting wildlife in the grounds please let me know!

Faith Action for Nature is a great project, encouraging churches in Scotland to look after wildlife and manage their grounds for nature. They have resources on their website – you can see the Summer resource pack here!