Latest film… and meetings planned

You can watch Fiona Bell’s latest 2 minute film about the SEAchange treeplanting day on 5th March 2022 – click on the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAuWvP2wyTw

Our next SEAchange meeting will be a community consultation on Saturday 21st May 2022 – save the date – more details soon…

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikFnuM55pFo

If you would like more info email:

seachange41@btinternet.com

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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAuWvP2wyTw


seachange41@btinternet.com

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 <seachange41@btinternet.com> if you would like to be involved.

A Vital Step for SEAchange

SEAchange has been awarded a grant from The Scottish Land Fund,

which enables the purchase of the old Slains Kirk building for community use, together with land on which to plant trees to begin to offset our community carbon footprint.

This funding will be a big step forward in realising a community project which began to take shape in 2018. There has been a lot of community input, with many people sharing ideas, needs, concerns and visions of what could be achieved.

The project highlights taking individual and community action to mitigate the climate emergency by working towards becoming a carbon neutral community. A need was also expressed for somewhere that people could meet each other on an informal drop-in basis.

In Nov-Dec 2019 an independent community ballot was held. Of 187 votes cast 74% supported the centre and café in the kirk building and 75% also supported the woodland area which will provide additional recreational opportunities as well as sequestering carbon emissions.

With this grant award SEAchange will be able to take the first steps in implementing these community aspirations.

Professor Pete Smith, FRS, FRSE, FNA, FEurASc, FRSB, Professor of Soils & Global Change, University of Aberdeen, and also a trustee of SEAchange, said:

“We are delighted with this award from the Scottish Land Fund. It will allow us to develop the old Kirk for use as a low carbon community café and the land for creating community woodland. There is still a lot of work to do, but this award marks the first vital step on our journey to become a carbon neutral community.”

You can read a summary of a talk on the climate crisis by Professor Pete Smith via this link.

SEAchange would like to express our warmest thanks to the Scottish Land Fund for this award, and also to the Formartine Area Committee, The Architectural Heritage Fund, and Just Enterprise for their help in researching and developing the project.


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