Greener leith – June update

Eat haggis and ceilidh onEat Haggis and Ceilidh On! This became the theme for the recent fundraising ceilidh we held for Greener Leith last Saturday. Not only did we raise funds, we raised awareness for our latest project, a proposal to erect a wind turbine on the coast at Seafield that will generate income for the communities of Portobello, Craigentinny and Leith. If, after a year-long feasibility study it all goes ahead, this wind turbine will be the first community-owned urban wind turbine in Scotland and would generate considerable funding for local sustainable development projects.

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Greener Leith has joined forces with PEDAL/Porty for this project and have recently enrolled in EnergyShare, a body that distributes funding for sustainable energy projects according to its popularity in the community. You can help us to get some of this funding, so please go to the EnergyShare web site http://tiny.cc/porty-leith-wind and become a supporter of the Portobello & Leith Community Wind Energy Project.

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The more supporters we attract, the better our chances of success!!

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Finishing on a very wet note, Greener Leith attended Leith Gala Day, the annual highlight in every Leither’s calendar. Usually the second Saturday in June is one of the best Saturdays in the year with sunshine from morning till dusk; birdies singing in the trees and butterflies gamboling in the meadows. Not this time. The dozens of assembled community groups, independent stalls, the parade and the traders were subjected to horizontal rain for several hours and with the punters staying away they packed up sharpish. Greener Leith managed to hand out several hundred leaflets on the proposed wind turbine, but didn’t get many takers for their fundraising putting game. Better luck next time!