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EWH Green Heritage Project award

Edinburgh World Heritage has been awarded a grant from the Climate Challenge Fund to continue its Green Heritage project.

Jun 22, 2015

The Climate Challenge Fund forms part of the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Action Fund, and grants are designed to help communities reduce their carbon emissions. Last year EWH organised a series of initiatives aimed at promoting energy efficiency in historic buildings, and this project looks to build on its success and address new challenges and audiences.

The new project, led by Sustainability Officer Naomi Webster, will include a series of activities to reduce carbon emissions, promote locally grown food, reduce C02 by promoting active travel, work with schools and youth groups, increase bio-diversity, and help create green corridors through the OId Town.

Home owners in the World Heritage Site will be offered energy efficiency workshops, with practical hands-on opportunities to learn skills such as draught-proofing sash and case windows.

In collaboration with the National Library of Scotland, as series of schools workshops will be held in September and October, using the subject of food history as a way of highlighting the issue of sustainability. The workshops will link in with the new NLS exhibition ‘Lifting the Lid’, and include a visit to the Acheson House garden, to see the sorts of vegetables and herbs once grown in Old Town gardens.

Encouraging the creation of new gardens in the Old Town will also feature in the project, helping to increase the bio-diversity of the World Heritage Site. EWH will work with the Museum of Edinburgh to help establish a wildlife garden in the courtyard at the rear of the building on the Canongate.

EWH will also be working with the University of Edinburgh to create a green map of their campus, following on from the success of a similar project for the World Heritage Site as a whole. The aim of the map will be to highlight sustainable aspects of their campus and the city, and to encourage students to walk and explore the World Heritage Site.

The Climate Challenge Fund grant award of £41,638 will fund the Green Heritage Project until the end of March 2016.

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