Daily Archives: February 15, 2019

RHS Greening Grey Britain grants up for grabs

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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on communities across Scotland to transform an unloved local space into a green haven this summer.

Now in its fourth year, the RHS Greening Grey Britain scheme, supported by M&G Investments, is offering up to 50 intergenerational gardening projects across the UK £500 worth of plants and materials as well as expert advice to help get their plans underway.

Projects should help improve health and wellbeing, address environmental issues or support local wildlife and might include turning forgotten littered corners into vibrant wildflower meadows, car parks lined with trees to slow down storm water or disused areas becoming productive gardens, with food to share with the community.

Last year’s funding recipients included Dunbar based social enterprise, The Ridge, which built a new therapeutic ‘Sanctuary Garden’ bursting with sensory planting to be enjoyed by people with dementia and their families.

Liz Stewart, RHS Community Outreach Manager, comments: “In 2018 the RHS Greening Grey Britain scheme helped nearly 3,000 people with their greening projects and supplied over 5,000 plants. We’d love to hear from communities interested in improving a local space this year and encourage them to get their bids in.”

The deadline for applications is midnight on 28 February 2019. Please visit www.rhs.org.uk/ggbwithcommunities to apply.

Wildlife Printmaking Exhibition

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2 March – 11 April 201

Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, Aberlady

The SOC is delighted to welcome a group of printmakers: Carry Akroyd, Babs Pease, Kelly Stewart and Susie Wright for a group exhibition inspired by wildlife.  For some, Carry Akroyd in particular, wildlife is a central concern and the focus of their art practice, for others it is a rich source of inspiration to which they return frequently alongside other interests.  All share the language of printmaking (screen-prints and linocuts in particular) as their main medium. Each has a very personal and distinctive approach: from bold shapes to subtle lines, paired down compositions to overlapping transparencies.  The result is a contrasting and joyful exhibition and a perfect spring display!

The exhibition runs from Saturday 2nd March until Wednesday 11 April 2019. 

Open daily, 10am to 4pm, at The Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, Aberlady, East Lothian, EH32 0PY

For more information, please call 01875 871 330 or email exhibitions@the-soc.org.uk

Getting there:  The SOC is situated at Waterston House, in Aberlady, East Lothian. By car, just off the A198, on the left after the Aberlady sign, free parking. By bus: East Coast Buses 124, X24 and X5 stop almost at the door.

Open times: daily 10am to 4pm, free entry.

About the SOC: The Scottish Ornithologists’Club is Scotland’s national bird club with over 3000 members and a network of 15 branches across Scotland which host a programme of talks, discussions and outings from the Borders to Orkney and beyond.

About Waterston House: Waterston House is fully accessible and houses a resource centre for bird-watching including a shop, the largest ornithological reference library in Scotland and an art gallery dedicated to wildlife art.  The centre is open to all (members and non-members) free of charge.