Projects clean up at awards

THREE Glasgow community projects have won awards for their efforts to improve the environment.

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South Seeds, Gorbals Recycles Project and The Children's Wood were all named at this year's Scotland's Greener Together Awards, which celebrate and reward communities for their environmental action.

All the winners will be presented with a Greener Together Award plaque created by Scottish artist Kate Ives.

Community-led charity South Seeds helps residents lower their energy bills, build community gardens and tackle waste issues.

Project manager Lucy Gillie said: "It's brilliant to be recognised with this award. We are passionate about helping our local community and the wider environment and work hard to make a difference.

"Being presented with a Greener Together Award plaque means a great deal to staff, volunteers and resid-ents, and we will continue to do our greener bit."

Founded in 2004, Gorbals Recycles Project is a community campaign to provide recycling facilities for local people and a thriving social enterprise.

It was nominated for the Evening Times-backed title of Glasgow's Favourite Business 2013 at the annual Glasgow Business Awards.

It has a bicycle shop selling refurbished bikes, a charity shop and a recycled furniture shop.

The Children's Wood at North Kelvin Meadow was created by volunteers who transformed derelict tennis courts into a special place for the young people of Maryhill and the surroun-ding areas.

It was runner up in the Best Environmental Initiative category at the Evening Times Streets Ahead Awards 2013.

The Scotland's Greener Together Awards are part of the Scottish Government's national campaign, Greener Together, which encourages Scots to make the country a cleaner, greener place.

Richard Lochhead, Cabin-et Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environ-ment, said: "It's hugely encouraging to see such passion and commitment across a range of projects.

"I hope it encourages even more inspirational initia-tives to enter next year."

matty.sutton@eveningtimes.co.uk

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