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Funding award

SEAchange are delighted to receive £96,727 from the Rural & Island Communities Ideas into Action fund, a Scottish Government programme aimed at supporting “community groups to design and deliver innovative solutions to local challenges in rural communities across Scotland”.

This funding has been awarded to enable SEAchange to plant 18,000 trees, to produce a final plan for the refurbishment of Slains Kirk, and to get help with project management.

The woodland will improve local biodiversity as well as offsetting carbon emissions. This funding award will also enable SEAchange to fence the land which the Scottish Land Fund awarded a grant to buy for the creation of community woodland.

The funding will make it possible for SEAchange to have the expert advice needed to go on to the next stage in renovating the Slains Kirk building. The refurbishment of the former Kirk as a café will provide a new resource and focal point for the community, whilst sharing information on ways by which community members and visitors can reduce their carbon impact.

The intention is also to showcase local art and heritage, both assets of this area which has strong historical connections and a network of talented artists and musicians.

First trees planted!!!

On Saturday 5th June 2021 we celebrated planting the first trees with the p7s from Slains School and many others, young and not so young, all working together and enjoying beautiful sunshine in the Kirkland field. Click here for a link to Fiona Bell’s 3 minute video of the day

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Ownership news!

As of 31st March, SEAchange now owns the land for creating a community woodland, as well as the kirk building with a small piece of land alongside the graveyard. We’re very grateful to the Scottish Land Fund for their grant award which has made this possible.

We’re excited to be starting out on this new venture, which we believe will enrich our community in many different ways and we would like to thank all the community for input, feedback or support in helping to achieve this milestone. 

Cheers from the trustees!

More trees planted 5th March 2022

On Saturday 5th March there was a SEAchange open Day to plant more trees in the Kirk Wood as we have received 420 trees from the Woodland Trust, and also trees from Slains School.

More than 50 people had fun planting them as you can see in this 2 minute film by Fiona Bell

SEAchange Meetings

SEAchange meetings are continuing online during this time when we can no longer gather in person.  You can follow what is happening here on the website, or on our Facebook page.

You are welcome to join us for discussion and planning future action, sharing progress, and listening to invited speakers. 

Fill in the website form, or email us on <> if you would like to be involved.


Discussion meetings are scheduled and taking place on an ongoing basis, with around 30 at the most recent online meeting, planning what action to take as the project goes forward.

You are welcome to join us for discussion and planning future action, sharing progress, and listening to invited speakers.

And you can catch up with an earlier meeting when 58 people came to hear Prof Pete Smith speak and answer questions about the Climate Emergency on 26th February 2020. This was the first in a planned series of monthly talks.

Plans are continuing to evolve all the time through email communication and Zoom meetings.

Fill in the website form, or email us on <> if you would like more info or to be involved.

The Climate Emergency

What can we do about it?

24th February 2021 @ 7.00pm
Online with Zoom

The meeting will follow our usual format, learning how we can understand our climate footprint and the best ways to improve it. If you haven’t been before, you are very welcome – we would like to hear all ideas in order to arrange future discussions with guest speakers, and to make plans to reduce our climate impact.

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