July 16, 2015

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon present green award in Govanhill

FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has presented a top environmental award to a group in Govanhill.

Ms Sturgeon gave the Scottish Government’s Greener Together Award to Govanhill Baths Community Trust's Rags to Riches project.

The scheme, based in the First Minister's south side constituency, gives local people masterclasses in 'upcycling' - turning old into new.

Ms Sturgeon said: "I’m delighted to make this award to Rags to Riches.

"It’s a fantastic project and the recognition is well deserved.”

Rags to Riches works with the local community to improve upcycling skills, providing new skills local people can use to help them find employment.

The project educates the community about the need to recycle what people no longer use and turn it into something they will use.

Now in their third year, the awards celebrate and reward communities for environmental action as part of the national Greener Together campaign, which encourages everyone across the country to play their part in making Scotland a greener and more sustainable nation.

Nadine Gorency, Rags to Riches project manager at Govanhill Baths Community Trust, said: "We’re absolutely delighted to have received the Greener Together Award.
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"Govanhill Baths Community Trust's Rags to Riches project has grown to become one of the leading upcycling projects in Glasgow and this award will help raise its profile further afield.

"This award is for the people who have joined us on the journey to develop and nurture sustainability within our communities - the volunteers, tutors and the many participants as well as partners who have supported our work.”

This year’s judging panel included representatives from the Scottish Government, Zero Waste Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Energy Saving Trust.

The judges highlighted that through their creative and innovative approach, Govanhill Baths has made recycling both fun and useful for local people.

The judges liked the range of approaches, from classes to This Is Not A Fashion Show events to local improvement projects such as using upcycled products to restore a community garden.

It was also noted that the project’s work with local primary schools is also helping it to build a legacy.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, added: "The Greener Together Awards recognise and reward hard-working communities who are playing their part and helping make Scotland a cleaner, greener place for us all to live.

"There is some truly excellent work being done across Scotland and I’m very pleased to announce the 2015 winners.

"The calibre of entries remains high from across Scotland, and this year we’ve seen really innovative and diverse ways of helping local people to live greener in their areas.

"It’s hugely encouraging to see such passion and commitment across a range of projects.

"Congratulations to all of those who entered this year and to our winners; I can’t wait to see what inspiring and creative initiatives this award uncovers next year.”
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The 2015 Greener Together Awards also saw Greener Kirkcaldy and Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative win awards.

Winners were presented with a Greener Together Award plaque in recognition of their achievement, designed and produced by award-winning Edinburgh-based artist Kate Ive.
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