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Flourishing Forth

Flourishing Forth - community spirit
Entrant Category: Large Village
Category: Judged
2022 Certificate

Silver Gilt

Silver Gilt
2022 Awards Jim Murdie Award for Sustainability

The group works to provide a visual and stimulating view of the village through the eyes of the residents of the village, from scenic sculptures on rural walks, to outside physical training and running, to residents and visitors enjoying play parks.

In 2022, the group won the Jim Murdie Award for Sustainability for their Eco Site: The community hub was created to supply a need in Forth. It has impressive new compost bays, enabling them to recycle green waste produced and to provide compost for plot holders to use rather than buying it in. The site is completely off grid, using solar panels to be able to grow in the polytunnels year-round, has huge water capture tanks and, amongst many things, has a dedicated growing area to supply the local food bank.

In 2019 the group won the 'David Welch Memorial Award for Something Special': One of the key strengths of the Flourishing Forth Group is the Eco site where community food growing is a primary function. Food is provided to food banks, veg boxes for older residents and there are 32 raised beds in productive use. A variety of fruits are produced in the orchard including peach, plum, nectarine and pear. Several local charitable groups use the site and the group’s polytunnel provides barrels and hanging baskets for the village displays. There is an emphasis on environmental responsibility: solar panels, compost bins and a large watering system have been installed. Work is undergoing to create a Forth Development Trust to build on the strong community support from residents of all ages and businesses. Marie McGurk, Agnes Gallacher and team are to be commended for their significant efforts to meet the criteria of the three pillars of Beautiful Scotland.

Contact Details
Colin Stockman
Colin_stockman@yahoo.com
01555812067

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