April 2016 - March 2017
Following on from the success of the Easy Peas-y project below, the Centre has secured a further £46,000 from the Climate Challenge Fund to run the project’s successor, Lemon Squeezy. This project will encourage anyone interested in growing food to come and do so at our brand new Centre. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide tools, advice, social company and practical support to help groups and individuals growing in their very own mini allotments at the lochside.
April 2015 – March 2016
Funding from The Climate Challenge Fund enabled The Ecology Centre’s new site to become a hub for the local community to learn about growing food. With the help of volunteers and staff, new people learned skills and enjoyed the support and company of others as they discover how Easy Peas-y it can be to grow fresh produce at home.
February 2015 – December 2015
The aim of the Improvements for People and Wildlife at Kinghorn Loch project was to improve the biodiversity at the east end of Kinghorn loch and improve access whilst working with the community to do so.
Kinghorn Common Good
Kinghorn Primary School
This project allowed us to engage the children of Kinghorn by providing activities and opportunities at Kinghorn Loch thereby strengthened the connection between local people and their natural world.
Investing in Communities - Big Lottery Fund
1st January 2015 – 31st December 2019
The Big Lottery is providing the majority of funding required to construct the new Ecology Centre building and develop the grounds at Kinghorn Loch. The funding will also be used to contribute towards the running costs of the organisation for five years enabling us to continue to provide employment training, environmental volunteering and environmental education to the local community and beyond.
January 2015 – December 2017
Funding from this project will contribute towards our new Centre helping to deliver our environmental education and nature therapy classes as well as local events.
September 2014 – September 2015
Grant funding from The Ernest Cook Trust has enabled us to deliver our innovative Eco Explorers programme to schools in Fife. The programme explores the topics of climate change, global citizenship and renewable energy through interactive games and action-provoking activities.
Grow Wild Community Project - Big Lottery Fund
Loo With a View
April 2014 – October 2014
A composting toilet has been installed on our new site at Kinghorn Loch. Funding from Grow Wild enabled us to plant a carpet of wildflowers sweeping down to the water’s edge earning it’s “‘Loo with a View” title. This practical installation has become a real talking point with visitors to our site with its quirky design and 3-D mosaic sculptures depicting local wildflowers.
Grant funding from the Peoples Health Trust has enabled us to open a second Tool Shed at Benarty in Fife.
For more details and to view workshop times click here
The Tool Shed
Support from the Community Intervention Fund meant that we could develop our interest in tool refurbishment into The Tool Shed project. These regular workshops give local people an opportunity to enjoy a healthy and active retirement and put their skills to good use creating intergenerational learning with younger volunteers.
For current workshop times click here
July 2013 - June 2014
The aim of this year long programme was to create new volunteer opportunities and develop skills of some existing volunteers through biodiversity monitoring and habitat improvement. We did work in partnership with several external organisations to ensure our monitoring was completed using accepted best practice techniques and will share our results with all partners. Find our more by following this link
The funding awarded helped us to build up the skills of volunteers and staff through specific work based tasks like landscaping, safe use of tools, tree planting, path building, land management for biodiversity etc through our Skillshare Mondays project.
Nature Nurture Project
February 2014 - July 2014
The Ecology Centre received funding from the People's Postcode Lottery to deliver free therapeutic education sessions to young people to help boost their self-confidence and improve physical and mental health and wellbeing.
June 2012 - September 2013
Funding from The People's Postcode Lottery allowed us to deliver our excing and innovative Eco-explorers project. We were able to purchase and customise a van that enabled us to deliver our unique learning experience off site to schools and community groups. A wide range of subjects were covered including biodiversity, recycling, renewable energy, climate change and citizenship.
The Big Lottery
May 2009 - May 2014
In September 2008, The Ecology Centre’s Enviro-Mentors project featured in the BBC’s Big Lottery Primetime programme. As one of three finalists in the Central Scotland and Fife area, Enviro-Mentors went on to win the public vote and secure funding for the project for five years. See here for some of the current opportunities offered in this programme.
Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund
Clean Green Kinghorn
March 2009 – March 2011
Clean Green Kinghorn was an exciting community project run by The Ecology Centre and Sustainable Communities Initiatives (SCI). The two-year project helped local people in making simple changes to their lifestyles, to give Kinghorn a cleaner and greener future, whilst making positive contributions to tackling climate change.
The Big Lottery Heritage Fund
Wild Things in The Wood
Aug – Dec 2008
Wild Things in the Woods gave vulnerable young people from all over Fife the opportunity to explore and learn about the natural surroundings of The Ecology Centre.
Environmental games, activities and experiences lead to the creation of artworks celebrating natural places and the traditional folklore that surrounds them. The project explored how to capture this magic and tell these tales in new ways. Participants in the project made giant tree puppets, masks, hats, and bottle beastie creations, as
well as scary faerie sculptures and outdoor mosaics.
We would like to thank the following people and organisations who help to fund the work of The Ecology Centre:_
We want to acknowledge the contribution by Alcan (now owned by Rio Tinto) and Craigencalt Farm for the use of land and buildings to the organisation
Thanks also to our previous funders:-