Northmavine Community Development Company's Polycrub

Strong legacy for weatherproof polytunnel supported by Climate Challenge Fund a decade ago.

The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) was launched in 2008 and since then 1,097 grants have been awarded across Scotland, totalling £101 million. We are delighted to look back at one of the organisations supported by the CCF a decade ago and see the legacy of their funding.

Grants from the CCF in 2008 and 2009 enabled Northmavine Community Development Company (NCDC), Shetland to design and install of a network of weatherproof Polytunnels, meeting community demand to grow local produce. Rebranded as Polycrubs, these robust structures have since been sold across Scotland and internationally by NCDC's trading arm nortenergy Ltd, who won the Shetland Environmental Award for green credentials displayed.

We were pleased to hear that further investment has recently been secured from Highlands and Islands Enterprise for NCDC and nortenergy Ltd to expand their Polycrub business.

Margaret Roberts, Chair of Northmavine Community Development Company said:

“The development of the Polycrub started in 2008 as a project supported by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and provides a good example of sustainability by using redundant fish farm piping in its design.

“It’s been fantastic to see how the Polycrub has helped people in communities across Scotland and also overseas grow their own vegetables in challenging climates. We were delighted to recently secure investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to expand our Polycrub business and look forward to helping more communities grow their own fruit and vegetables in the future”.

David Gunn, Climate Challenge Fund manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful added:

"The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund was launched a decade ago and we are delighted to celebrate the positive legacy of funding received by Northmavine Community Development Company, which resulted in the development of the Polycrub. This innovative, weatherproof structure is providing a sustainable solution for an increasing number of people in Scotland and further afield that want to grow their own produce.

"Keep Scotland Beautiful has managed the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government since the Fund was established in 2008 and we are committed to empowering many more communities across Scotland to take action on climate change. We see this as part of our work to make Scotland clean, green and sustainable."

Find out more about the development of the Polycrub through our Climate Challenge Fund case study.

Further information on the Polycrub is available on nortenergy Ltd's website.


30 April 2018


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