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Published: 28 Aug 2012 09:150 comments

Heather Reid, is encouraging community groups in Largs and Millport to enter A Grand Green Idea competition to be in with a chance of winning £1,000 for their green initiative.

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Heather Reid, is encouraging community groups in Largs and Millport to enter A Grand Green Idea competition to be in with a chance of winning £1,000 for their green initiative.

A Grand Green Idea is a partnership between WWF Scotland and People's Postcode Lottery, and is open to schools, clubs and community groups in Largs and Millport, challenging them to think globally by acting locally in coming up with an idea which could benefit their local environment. Ideas can cover a variety of topics such as energy, waste, food and transport and could range from groups wishing to buy trees for a local community orchard, to improving the insulation in a village hall.

Meteorologist and former TV weather girl Heather Reid said: "This is a really exciting project, perfect for getting local communities to think about the effect of their actions on a global scale. I encourage community groups to put their heads together and come up with a grand green idea which will help improve their environment and be of benefit to the neighbourhood as a whole."

Dr Richard Dixon, Director of WWF Scotland, said: "Groups, schools and clubs play a huge part in our communities and safeguarding our local environment. We are thrilled to have an opportunity like this to be able to give them something back. The competition is a fun way to get groups thinking about their local environment and how small changes can make a big difference in the long term.

"We are pleased to be working with People's Postcode Lottery, which continues to deliver on-going support to WWF Scotland, thanks to the generosity of its players."

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery added: "WWF Scotland and the players of People's Postcode Lottery share a concern about the impacts our choices make on the health of our planet. We hope that A Grand Green Idea will inspire community groups across Scotland to make changes to ensure their groups and communities become more environmentally friendly."

The competition is open to all community groups, schools, clubs and community councils with six members or more. The competition will be judged by a panel from WWF Scotland and People's Postcode Lottery, who will be testing ideas based on their ability to benefit the wider community, the long term benefit of the project and the ability involve a wider audience.

To apply for their chance to win, entrants must state their idea in under 500 words before the closing deadline of 30 September 2012. For more information or to enter, visit www.wwfscotland.org.uk/grandgreenidea.

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