The success of Tarland Development Group’s community composting project has been given national recognition, with an award of £10,000 from Procter and Gamble’s ‘Future Friendly’ scheme.
Future Friendly awards are about rewarding community groups and individuals who have set up local green initiatives which reduce waste, energy or water, and are supported by sustainability experts the Energy Saving Trust, Waste Watch and Waterwise.
The award scheme is open to applicants from the whole of the UK and Ireland.
At an award ceremony at Kew Gardens on June 20, Kate Redpath, composting scheme co-ordinator, and Lindsay Stewart, chairwoman of Tarland Development Group, met with the other shortlisted entrants for the announcement of the winning entry, and presentation of the award.
“We were surprised and delighted to be chosen as the winner of this award, as the other entries were of high quality,” said Lindsay.
“It demonstrates how an initial small idea can lead to a very successful project which is of significant benefit to our local community.
“Around 70 households in Tarland now use the fortnightly garden waste collection, and this year have also benefited from our first batch of locally produced compost.
“This is the result of the hard work and commitment of the co-ordinator and the 25 people who have volunteered to collect the garden waste, drive the tractor, sieve the compost and organise the volunteer rota since the scheme was set up two-and-a-half years ago.”
This is the third time that the composting scheme has received recognition. In 2011, it received a Green Butterfly Award, and earlier this year a Greener Aberdeenshire award.