Directory of Green Groups

Working together to protect and improve the environment for the people of Dundee and Tayside

Here are a list and details of some other organisations and groups in Dundee and Tayside which are actively involved in environmental and sustainability issues.  The details so far supplied by a wide range of organisations are shown below.  These include a sub-directory of green businesses, and another for political parties.

We do not endorse the political views of any particular political party, and inclusion in the Directory does not indicate that a political party is a “community environmental organisation”. However, this should help encourage political parties to give more publicity to their policies on environmental issues.  We hope this Directory will expand to include other groups over the coming months.

We update the list when we receive corrections or additions. An extensive revision was completed in January 2018. Further updates should be submitted, along with comments, and contributions from groups who haven’t supplied their details so far – go to the contact page.  We will be pleased to include more environmental groups and organisations from other parts of Tayside – Angus, Perth & Kinross, and North Fife.

Why we are doing this

This platform has been provided by FoET to help make it easier for environmental organisations to achieve shared objectives, and increase the effectiveness of our campaigning. We can provide encouragement and support to each other and share ideas. Knowing what other groups are involved in can create new opportunities to work together.

We have used the contacts built up through this exercise in order to organise events on topics of shared interest, including Energy and Climate Change; Nature and Biodiversity; Sustainable Travel; and the Dundee Waterfront project.  A picnic/barbecue was held in Midsummer 2015 so that members of different Green Groups and their families and friends could get to know each other better.

How to use the Directory

Click on the name of an organisation listed below to get fuller information on its aims and objectives as well as contact details. This information has been supplied to us by the organisation concerned.  We will be happy to update the details shown if further information is provided by the relevant organisation.

If you are involved in an environmental group in Dundee or Tayside which is not included, please get in touch via the contact page, providing us with information to fill in the boxes.  If you have suggestions for improving the Directory, please let us know.

 

List of organisations

 

Voluntary organisations and initiatives

Angus and Dundee Bird Club

The Bonnie Dundee Group

Dighty Connect

Dundee Conservation Volunteers

Dundee Cycle Forum

Dundee Greenpeace Campaign Group

Dundee Miley Group

Dundee Naturalist Society

Dundee and Angus Sustrans Group

Dundee Urban Orchard

East of Scotland Beekeepers’ Association

East Scotland Branch of Butterfly Conservation

Friends of Barnhill Rock Garden

Friends of Dundee Law

Friends of the Earth Tayside

Friends of Riverside Nature Park

Friends of Stobsmuir Park (Swannie Ponds)

Gate Church Carbon Saving Project

Kirkton Community and Safety Partnership

Marine Life Angus

Menzieshill Gardeners Group

Monifieth Eco-Force

Ninewells Community Garden

One World Centre

Queen St Community Garden

Root & Branch

RSPB Dundee Local Group

The Scottish Wildlife Trust, Dundee and Angus Members’ Group

St Vigeans Conservation Network

Sustain Dundee

Tayside Bat Group

Tayside Geodiversity

Trade Justice Dundee

The Unicorn Gardeners

University of Dundee Botanic Garden

University of Dundee (Environment and Sustainability)

Green businesses

The Health Store

Dundee Resource & Reuse Centre

Notio Studio

Tayside Re-users

Political parties

Dundee & Angus Greens

Angus & Dundee Bird Club

Who we are Our organisation is made up of around 200 members in this area, primarily all keen on birds as well as wildlife, botany and conservation.
What we do One of the things we do is publish the Angus Bird Report annually, this is a statistical report of both species and numbers of birds here in our county. Copies of this are given to Libraries in Angus for members of the public to read.We also hold talks, outdoor meetings and various trips etc often in conjunction with other Organisations such as SOC & RSPB.
What we’d like to do At the moment we are looking into various projects involving schools and satellite tagging birds.
Contact Gus Guthrie, Chairman, Email: gusguthrie@btinternet.com
Link to website
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The Bonnie Dundee Group

Who we are We are a constituted group of environmental volunteers who work in partnership with Dundee City Council on putting together the City’s entry into the Beautiful Scotland Campaign.
What we do The group undertakes gardening projects and litter picks to support the Beautiful Scotland application and to help improve the environment for Dundee’s residents and visitors.
What we’d like to do
Contact Anyone interested in volunteering/joining the group please contact Sally McConville
Tel: 01382 433141   Email: sally.mcconville@dundeecity.gov.uk
Tools & gloves provided.
Link to website https://www.facebook.com/groups/411509505591184/
More information https://www.facebook.com/Bonnie-Dundee-845355378813762/

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Dighty Connect

Who we are Dighty Connect is a very active locally managed environmental group.
What we do Dighty Connect is a volunteer-led project working along the Dighty Burn in Dundee, Scotland, exploring ways to enhance the green spaces along the burn through a mixture of conservation and cultural activities.
Projects range from creating amphibian habitats to creating beautiful mosaic benches, through both regular volunteer groups, one-off events and random projects based on your ideas.
What we’d like to do Encourage more people to get involved along the Dighty Burn (through volunteering/walking/creativity/small-scale projects etc.)
Contact Email: environ.project@dundeecity.gov.uk  Tel: 01382 436932
Link to website Please check out our website www.dightyconnect.org and our Dighty Connect Facebook page to see the range of projects you can get involved in.
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 Dundee Conservation Volunteers

Who we are We are a local group, part of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
What we do We are volunteers and carry out practical habitat conservation in Dundee and the surrounding area.
What we’d like to do We want more people to join us, and want to work with other groups to improve more wildlife important sites.
Contact  John Whyman: dundeeconservationvolunteers@hotmail.com or Tel John on 01382 434769
Link to website  http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/adbswt/dcv.html
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 Dundee Cycle Forum

Who we are An independent forum aiming to give cyclists in Dundee a strong voice
What we do Provide information for cyclists and provide a focal point for cyclists in Dundee, to represent their views, campaign for the development of comprehensive and safe cycling infrastructure, promote cycling and it lifestyle benefits and contribute to strategies which aspire to make our city active and healthy. We are only 1 year old but have regular meetings roughly once a month (open to all), have carried out infrastructure surveys for Dundee Council and commented on Planning Applications and the Local Development Plan.
What we’d like to do We want more people to join us, we would like to hold cycling promotional events, and work with other groups and organisations to help everyone enjoy safe cycling. We are inspired by the type of cycling conditions found in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen. We want Dundee to become a cycling city.
Contact http://dundeecycling.co.uk/keep_in_touch.html
dundeecycling@gmail.com or John Whyman 01382 434769
Link to website http://dundeecycling.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/DundeeCycling/
https://twitter.com/dundeecycling
More information Get in touch via above e-mail and ask to be added to the mailing list. Twitter: @dundeecycling

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 Dundee Greenpeace Campaign Group

Who we are  We are the Dundee Greenpeace Campaign Group
What we do We raise awareness locally of Greenpeace’s global campaigns, such as ‘Save the Arctic’! We do this by holding stalls at events and on the street, encouraging people to take small actions such as emailing a company or contacting their MP on a specific issue. Occasionally we do more exciting things!
What we’d like to do As we are currently a very small group, we would love some more members who share our enthusiasm for a greener more peaceful world!
Contact Contact: Sally Romilly  Email: sally.romilly@greenisp.co.uk Tel: 07719 931125 or visit our website (below)
Link to website www.greenpeace.org.uk/groups/dundee
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 Dundee Miley Group

Who we are We are a group of Scottish Wildlife Trust members who look after the Miley in Lochee.
What we do We raise funds by having a plant sale, street collection, etc. We also do things like run a stall at the Dundee Food and Flower Festival to raise awareness of the Miley.
What we’d like to do In the future we would like to see more schools use the Miley as an outdoor classroom.
Contact Contact: Mary Harwood.  Email: harwood.mary@sky.com Tel: 07747 674675
Link to website  http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserve/the-miley/
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 Dundee Naturalist Society

Who we are We are a long established group in Dundee and our Society promotes the study and enjoyment of all aspects of nature and wildlife.
What we do Every summer, we have a programme of excursions to a variety of places chosen for their scenery and wildlife interest. Shorter evening excursions are also held, we also hold an annual weekend expedition that enables us to travel much farther afield, and we take part in surveys and study outings.During the winter we hold a programme of illustrated lectures in the University of Dundee, usually fortnightly on Tuesday evenings. With other local bodies, the Society also contributes to the Dundee Afternoon Lecture series, which have particular appeal for those unable to attend evening lectures.A practical conservation project is underway at Carsegowniemuir Quarry, near Forfar. The Society manages this disused quarry as a nature reserve, and members get involved with activities such as tree-planting, nest-box building and surveys.
What we’d like to do
Contact Contact: Lorna Ward.  Email: lornaward@gmail.com  Tel: 01382 779939
Link to website
More information The Society produces an Annual Bulletin for members, containing articles and reports of our activities over the year, including write-ups of our outings and lectures and interesting sightings.

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Dundee and Angus Sustrans Group

Who we are Sustrans Scotland works closely with communities, the Scottish Government, local authorities and other partners to ensure that the people of Scotland have access to a network of safe walking and cycling routes, making Scotland a healthy, happy place to live, work and play, and a sustainable and beautiful tourist destination.
What we do We help keep the National Cycle Network in good shape, but also help promote the work of Sustrans, attend events, organise walks and rides, and encourage active travel.
What we’d like to do We would ultimately like the National Cycle Network to be accessible to as many people as possible and to pass through every city, bringing communities together and providing links to shops, schools, work and to other towns and cities. Our aim is to develop popular routes that are useful to local people and visitors alike.
Contact Neil Quinney (group co-ordinator).
E-mail: neilquinney@blueyonder.co.uk Tel: 07913 919272
Link to website http://www.sustrans.org.uk/scotland
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 Dundee Urban Orchards

Who we are DUO (Dundee Urban Orchard) is a three year art and horticulture project re-imagining Dundee as an Orchard City.
What we do We plant small-scale orchards with schools, community groups, and cultural organisations. We also host a series of art workshops and public events celebrating Dundee as a resilient community.
What we’d like to do
Contact Contact: Jonathan Baxter and Sarah Gittins.  Email: jb4change@gmail.com
Link to website www.dundeeurbanorchard.net
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 East of Scotland Beekeepers’ Association

Who we are The East of Scotland Beekeepers’ Association is a local organisation open to all beekeepers but especially to those in Tayside and Angus. It provides a meeting point for beekeepers and a presence at local shows. The E.S.B.A. is affiliated to the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association.
What we do The association exists to support bees and beekeepers, to improve standards of beekeeping and to provide a source of information about bees to the general public and interested organisations.The E.S.B.A. organises the following for its members:
– Evening lecture series over the winter.
– Beginners & improvers classes in spring.
– Summer apiary demonstrations.
– Mentoring of beginners.
– Access to the association’s library
What we’d like to do
Contact Contact – Colin Smith (secretary)  Email: secretary@eastofscotlandbeekeepers.org.uk
Tel: 01241 830372.  Or any other member of the committee (see Syllabus or web site).
Link to website www.eastofscotlandbeekeepers.org.uk
More information More information about the association can be found on our web site including contact details, events, association history and technical information. You can also download our Newsletter and Syllabus for the coming year.

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East Scotland Branch of Butterfly Conservation

Who we are A membership group promoting the conservation of butterflies
What we do The conservation of butterflies, moths and our environment. Take practical action to conserve threatened butterflies and moths in the UK and elsewhere. Undertake and promote the scientific study of butterflies, moths, and methods needed to conserve their habitats, and base our work on the best available information. Safeguard important sites and landscapes for butterflies and moths, including the acquisition and management of our own nature reserves. Promote the conservation of butterflies and moths as ‘quality of life’ indicators and indicators of a healthy and biologically diverse environment to government and voluntary bodies, and the public. Encourage the public enjoyment of butterflies and moths, and through them raise awareness of the environment and the need to develop sustainable lifestyles.
What we’d like to do Increase membership in Tayside.  Organise more activities for local members
Contact David Lampard, Angus moth recorder, c/o The McManus, Dundee’s art gallery & museum, Tel: 01382 432384 david.lampard@leisureandculturedundee.com
Link to website http://www.eastscotland-butterflies.org.uk/index.html
More information Current projects include the conservation of the Small blue, Northern brown Argus and Grayling butterflies. Contributing sightings to the National butterfly and Moth recording schemes. Taking part in the garden butterfly survey and Big Butterfly count.

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 Friends of Barnhill Rock Garden

Who we are Barnhill Rock Garden is a public park extending over 2 hectares, owned and maintained by Dundee City Council with a significant contribution from the Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden. The Friends currently have around 500 members and a “working party” of around 10 members who meet on Monday mornings to work on parts of the Garden for which they have taken responsibility.
What we do The main aims of the group are:
(a) to support and promote the development of Barnhill Rock Garden, Broughty Ferry (in accordance with policies laid down by Dundee City Council, the owners of the Garden;
(b) to provide a focus for informed discussion on matters of interest to gardeners through meetings, classes and exhibitions;
(c) to assist financially projects which cannot properly be funded from the Council’s resources, in particular projects related to the public use and enjoyment of the Garden.Barnhill Rock Garden: Green Policy  At the Barnhill Rock Garden we have taken some simple measures to become more environmentally friendly.
• We comply with the requirements of environmental legislation and approved codes of practice.
• We seek continuously to improve our environmental performance.
• We reduce pollutions, emissions and waste.
• We liaise with the local community.
• Wherever possible we source local and Fairtrade produce.
• We provide information to encourage visitors to walk or cycle from Barnhill Rock Garden to nearby Esplanade and Broughty Ferry.
• We provide resources at Barnhill Rock Garden and on our website, to encourage non-car based and sustainable tourism activities such as walking and cycling.We have joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme as an indicator of our sustainable practices. We currently have a Green Tourism Business Scheme Silver Award and the Garden has achieved Green Flag status for a number of years.
What we’d like to do
Contact Michael Laird, Tel: 07985 878515
Link to website http://www.barnhillrockgarden.org.uk
More information https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-the-Barnhill-Rock-Garden-1530938730562540/

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Friends of Dundee Law

Who we are The Friends of Dundee Law is a community organisation that helps look after and promote Dundee’s iconic hill. The group is part of the Dundee Law Heritage Project – a two-year project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Dundee City Council
What we do Our plan is to improve Dundee Law as a site for nature…we’ve been planting trees and wild flowers, have been surveying for wildlife (bees, birds and soon butterflies) as well as engage the public in using the site more as a green space. You can see some of the work we’ve been doing on the Facebook page.
What we’d like to do
Contact Colin Donald, Dundee Law Community Participation Officer, Camperdown House, Camperdown Park, Dundee. Tel: 01382 431849. E-mail: lawheritage.project@dundeecity.gov.uk
Chairman, David Lampard dlampard@clara.co.uk
Link to website https://www.facebook.com/friendsofdundeelaw/
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Friends of the Earth Tayside

Who we are We are an independent local group attached to Friends of the Earth Scotland, and part of the largest grass-roots environmental organisation in the world. Just a few of our members are active, and we are all volunteers.
What we do We campaign on a range of issues – promoting clean renewable energy, greater consideration for pedestrians and cyclists, better waste management, improved air quality, etc., and also engage in tree planting and beach cleanups.
What we’d like to do We would like to convince more people how important it is to create a sustainable world – we cannot continue with our current patterns of exploitation of the environment and consumption of resources.
Contact Andy Llanwarne (Co-ordinator)  Tel: 07912 945325  e-mail: andyllanwarne@hotmail.com
Link to website www.foe-tayside.org.uk
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 Friends of Riverside Nature Park

Who we are RNP is new park, former landfill, owned by Dundee Council. We have a committee of 8 plus co-opted members as we choose, people come from all over, no special skills needed as we hope to have a range of volunteering options. People can join for a small annual fee.
What we do We aim to:a) carry out and promote environment improvements and practical conservation.b) educate, encourage and support local population in good envt practice.c) promote and encourage local community and beyond to take active interest in protection, upkeep and enjoyment of park.
What we’d like to do Loads to do but we’re moving towards the largest wildlife meadows in Dundee, with great biodiversity, a range of guided events e.g. wildlife walks, and scope for volunteering e.g. habitat improvement, surveying dog poo!!
Contact Ian Ford, Chair.  Email: ianford0705@btinternet.com
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 The Friends of Stobsmuir Park (Swannie Ponds)

Who we are The ‘Friends of Swannie Ponds’ meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 7pm at the Glass Centre in Baxter Park. The Swannie Ponds are in Stobsmuir park which is located between Clepington Road, Pitkerro Road and Stobsmuir Road. The ponds proved popular for boating from the 1920s and were also used for skating in the winter, although today they are rarely frozen (apart from winter 2010).
What we do Mission:a) To represent the views of the Friends of Stobsmuir Park in matters concerning the ponds and park.b) To actively seek the involvement of the relevant departments of Dundee City Council, so that it performs its statutory responsibility to maintain the Ponds.c) To carry out and promote both environmental improvements and practical conservation. To educate, encourage and support the local population in environmental practice, by working with statutory and non-statutory agencies.d) To work with similar groups and exchange information and advice with them.The Friends also secured funding from the Maryfield Regeration Forum of around £5600 which will be used for a disabled access to the park from Pitkerro Road.
What we’d like to do Future plans and improvements include seating near the play area and development of the Rose Garden.
Contact If you would like to join the group or would like more information on the work of the group contact Val Kane, Community Regeneration Worker, Email: val.kane@dundeecity.gov.uk
Link to website
More information Friends of Swannie Ponds set up a consultation in the park and successfully gathered support for a community clean up in the autumn of 2011. They had their first Annual General Meeting and elected a commitee in January 2012.

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Gate Church Carbon Saving Project

Who we are We are a local climate action project based in Gate Church International, with a focus on increasing re-use, reducing food waste and increasing general awareness about climate change and lowering our carbon footprints.
What we do We have a network of Give Boxes for people to donate things they no longer want, and we give these items to organisations in Dundee who are providing for those in need.
We set up Dundee Community Fridge on the Perth Road, to help physically reduce food waste in the city, but also to increase our community’s awareness of reducing consumption and eating more low carbon foods.
We run a variety of workshops aimed at helping people transition to a lower carbon future, whether it’s learning to mend clothes again, eat more local food, or reduce their use of plastic.
We are committed to lowering the energy and water usage of our community-owned buildings through various schemes and continue to give advice to other organisations on how they could improve their buildings, making it more energy efficient and cutting costs.
What we’d like to do Improve our community engagement and ensure local people in poverty benefit from our activities, climate justice is high on our agenda.
Contact Lynsey Penny, Project Coordinator, Email: lynseypenny@gatechurch.co.uk
Link to website http://www.gatechurch.co.uk/aboutcarbonsavingsproject/

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Kirkton Community and Safety Partnership

Who we are We are a Neighbourhood Representative Structure (like a Community Council) representing the people of Kirkton and Trottick, Dundee.
What we do To promote for the benefit of the inhabitants of Kirkton and Trottick, through the advancement of community needs and by associating with the Local Authority and Voluntary Organisations; the following priorities:

• To promote Health and Wellbeing
• To promote Education and Learning
• To promote Community Safety
• To promote Environmental issues including green and built
• To promote Community resources and participation
• To promote services to alleviate poverty.
The Partnership shall be non-party in politics and non-sectarian in religion and make no distinction by race, gender or sexual preference. The Partnership shall promote equality of opportunity to all.

What we’d like to do Preserve, maintain and enhance the natural environment in Kirkton and Trottick including Caird Park.
Contact Stephen Cragg, Secretary. Email: secretary_kcsp@outlook.com
Link to website Find us on Facebook as Kirkton Community and Safety Partnership – https://www.facebook.com/KirktonPartnership/
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Marine Life Angus

Who we are The Angus coastline is a wildlife watching secret and is home to a wide range of coastal and marine habitats and species.  The Marine Life Angus website is an introduction to some of these sites and species and gives you the opportunity to log any special sightings. This information is used to help understand and conserve our maritime habitats and species.
What we do Cetacean life in Angus waters is little understood although locally and nationally priority cetacean species inhabit its waters.  The Marine Life Angus has a sightings data collection page where users can report sightings in Angus waters. The purpose of the project is to learn more about cetacean presence in the waters off Angus and to share this information with the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership. We can then build up a picture of cetacean hotspots and land based wildlife watching opportunities. The website also points you in the direction of ongoing projects tied into the Tayside Biodiversity partnership such as The Small Blue survey, the Shore Thing and Zoom–in-2
What we’d like to do In addition to promoting the Angus Coast we would like to increase the numbers of sightings submitted along the length of the Angus coast and have more boat based operators submit data.
Contact http://www.marinelifeangus.co.uk
info@marinelifeangus.co.uk
@marinelifeangus
Link to website http://www.marinelifeangus.co.uk/
More information As above and at  http://www.taysidebiodiversity.co.uk/category/projects/whales-dolphins/

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Menzieshill Gardening Group

Who we are A small group of amateurs/volunteers who maintain the garden at Menzieshill Community Centre, Orleans Place Dundee
What we do We grow veg., cut grass and look after/weed the flower beds. Through grant funding which we apply for each year we visit 3 gardens in the area and have a           conducted tour by the owner/head gardener
What we’d like to do Keep going until the community centre is knocked down in a year and a half
Contact Email Avon Bartlett: avonbartlett@gmail.com
Link to website we must be part of the Dundee city web if any
More information A community garden has been built in the area through government money and so all the community is being encouraged to take plots there…. all raised beds.  There will be no garden for the M.G.G. to look after at the new centre as far as we know.

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Monifieth Eco-Force

Who we are We are an independent group of volunteers who aim to improve the natural environment in and around Monifieth, including its ecology and biodiversity. We also work in conjunction with other voluntary bodies in town, such as the Rotary Club and the Community Council.
What we do We encourage and organise environmental projects which enhance the community, e.g. beach clean-ups, nature trails, town centre flower arrangements, tree planting at the Dighty and the conservation of native wild flowers and the protection of wildlife. We adhere to the principles and criteria of the Keep Scotland Beautiful organisation. We also act as a liaison with local government authorities and work with like-minded groups and organisations.
What we’d like to do Further enhance Monifieth and the surrounding area, and are planning an orchard and wildflower meadow for use by the whole community. Last year, we won a Silver Gilt award from Beautiful Scotland, and it is our intention to build on that.
Contact Alex Graham, Chairman, graham_alex_54@yahoo.co.uk
Derek Uchman, Vice Chairman, derek@uchman.co.uk
Link to website https://www.facebook.com/Monifieth-Eco-Force-447002238760863/
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Ninewells Community Garden

Who we are  Ninewells Community Garden is located within the Arboretum Woodland at Ninewells Hospital.  The vision for this garden is to create an outdoor environment to benefit patients, visitors, staff and the local community.  The garden, and its wider woodland Arboretum provide a pleasant green space for patients’ rehabilitation, walking or relaxing, as well as a space for the wider community to meet, exercise, picnic and play.  The mission of Ninewells Community Garden is to promote physical activity and good health through community gardening in an environment where horticulture supports wellbeing; and can also support therapy and rehabilitation.  Within this mission, we strive to provide an inclusive environment where our volunteers can share and learn more about the benefits of gardening.
What we do We work with a wide range of volunteers and partner organisations, including Kingspark School, Dundee Association for Mental Health and Dundee and Angus College. Generally we offer 3 sessions for volunteering throughout the week  (Tue am, Thu pm and Fridays) – in these sessions we do a range of gardening tasks depending on the weather and time of year – sowing, garden development, food growing, plant propagation etc.  We also do some DIY (making potting benches, painting etc) and crafts – we have a regular mosaic making session.
We accept all ages and abilities – we have volunteers who either contact us individually, or who are referred by their GP, occupational therapist, employment support etc.  Tea/coffee, biscuits and a blether are provided.  We can reimburse travel expenses and provide protective clothing for regular volunteers.  We also run sessions for children – through a 6 week gardening club twice a year and are keen to do more for children and young people.  We can run one-off sessions for groups, which may include things like den making, food growing, garden crafts and games – we can tailor this to suit the group.
What we’d like to do
Contact Facilitator (Sarah), Ninewells Community Garden, 7 Tom MacDonald Avenue, Dundee, DD2 1NH. Tel: 0754 074 6075 Email: facilitator@ninewellsgarden.org.uk
Link to website www.ninewellsgarden.org.uk
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 One World Centre

Who we are We are a voluntary educational organisation and resource centre for global and environmental issues.
What we do We run activity based workshops and programmes for all ages.
What we’d like to do We aim to empower people to take action to create a fairer world.
Contact One World Centre, 189 Princes Street, DUNDEE, DD4 6DQ
Tel: 01382 454603    Email: admin@oneworldcentre.org.uk
Link to website www.oneworldcentre.org.uk
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 Queen Street Community Garden

Who we are We are a school-based group linked to Grove Academy Eco School Group. We are also part of the Broughty in Bloom team and work with them to improve the local environment.
What we do We maintain and develop the wildflower garden in Queen St Car Park in Broughty Ferry. The sorts of activities we are involved in include:
• Sowing new wildflower seed
• Weeding
• Growing edible herbs
• Removing litter
• Improving the landscape of the site
• Recording biodiversity where possible
• Working with the Nature Nutters (local group of young environmentalists) and an adult volunteer group of past pupils and parents.
What we’d like to do Future plans: continue to improve landscape of site. Have applied to Grow Wild for grant funding for this. Continue working with Community Pay Back Team, as they are part way through building a raised bed at the site. Some of our plans would work better with more volunteers, ideally some of whom had good plant and invertebrate ID skills! We could then better monitor the wildlife attracted to the site.We would like to find ways of sharing with the public what we do and what benefits the site brings to wildlife and to residents.If we had money we would improve access to the site by putting in path/s, make a water feature for wild life to use, put in a small apple orchard planted in large planters, install a bench and interpretation board.  We would like to bring in some urban art linked to what we grow, and try and encourage local people to use the herbs and other edible plants we grow.
Contact Contact: Mary Holligan (eco group co-ordinator at Grove Academy), Tel: 01382 436800
Email: maryholligan@gmail.com
Link to website
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Root & Branch

Who we areRoot & Branch is an Adult Learning group based in North East Dundee concerned with environmental issues and sustainability. The group is facilitated by Dundee City Councils Community Learning and Development Service and works in partnership with various organisations sharing similar concerns. These include Greenbuds (DAMH) and Murrayfield Allotment Association

What we do Root & Branch has several strands including a Cycling Group, an Allotment Group and a Woodland Group. The Cycling Group engages in learning activities associated with cycling such as cycle leader training, first aid and cycle maintenance as well as going on regular runs. The allotment group is concerned with growing fruit and vegetables while developing associated skills and knowledge. In addition the Woodland Group is primarily concerned with maintenance, development and promotion of Middleton Community Woodland while developing associated skills and knowledge.
What we’d like to do We would like to involve more people in the above activities providing opportunities for personal development, enhancing employability and fostering wellbeing in participants. In addition we would like to have a positive impact on the environment of N.E. Dundee as well as the wellbeing of the wider population in the area by promoting an appreciation of the environment and sustainable lifestyles.
Contact Alan Fraser Phone: 438641/ 07951270765 alan.fraser@dundeecity.gov.uk
Community Learning and Development Worker (Adult Learning)
Finmill Centre, Findcastle Street, Dundee DD4 9EW
Link to website http://www.discoverlearning.org/
http://www.facebook.com/discoverlearningdundee
https://www.facebook.com/IYNNorthEast
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RSPB Dundee Local Group

Who we are Our group is affiliated to the national RSPB organisation. Our members are interested in conservation, all forms of plants and wildlife, especially birds.
What we do We have monthly talks and outings which are open to the general public as well as social events. A newsletter is published 3 times a year for members (see further Information). Many members are actively involved in surveys and other conservation activities.
What we’d like to do Continue working hard to get the RSPB’s message across -‘giving nature a home’
Contact Graham Smith (Group Leader)Tel: 01382 532461
Link to website www.rspb.org.uk/groups/dundee
More information Membership is £4 single and £6 family

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 The Scottish Wildlife Trust, Dundee and Angus Members’ Group

Who we are If you are interested in wildlife in Angus and Dundee or the rest of Scotland, the Scottish Wildlife Trust is your voice for Scottish Wildlife conservation.
What we do We support the work of the SWT to conserve the unique habitats and the wildlife of Scotland, to support the wildlife reserves in our area, and to provide a link between local members and volunteers, with the staff in headquarters. We also run a programme of talks, outings and activities to keep members, and the wider public, informed about areas of interest and wildlife issues.
What we’d like to do
Contact Secretary, Liz Houghton, Tel: 01382 775462, for Dundee; for Angus or Perth contact HQ
Link to website Information on the group’s activities can be found on our website at http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/local-member-group/angus-and-dundee/
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St Vigeans Conservation Network

Who we are We are members of the local community of St Vigeans, giving back a sense of pride to a local area of natural beauty and helping conserve wildlife in the area. We have many wonderful creatures living on the Brothock Burn which runs through the village. We are now entering our third year.
What we do At the moment we meet once a month on the first Monday of the month, April thru September. Some members of the group carry out litter picks and burn clearance. We also create wildlife habitat and carry out bird surveys.
What we’d like to do We would like to encourage all members of the surrounding community to come and help nature thrive in our wonderful setting of St Vigeans.
Contact Ralph Coutts, e-mail: Cootser67@googlemail.com
Link to website https://www.facebook.com/groups/188203151554248/
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Sustain Dundee

Who we are Sustain Dundee was incorporated as a charitable company limited by guarantee in 2003. It is overseen by a board of Directors who come from the public, private and voluntary sectors in Dundee. Sustain Dundee is administered by Dundee City Council.
What we do Sustain Dundee supports local projects which make a positive contribution towards sustainable development. The independent charity acts as a local funder of community based sustainability action and projects. It aims to act as a catalyst for projects, providing support and guidance to existing groups as well as encouraging exciting joint ventures.
What we’d like to do Sustain Dundee’s board of Directors seek to enable the successful implementation of sustainability projects by identifying and securing suitable funding sources, and providing appropriate project management. Sustain Dundee works in partnership with organisations in the city to ensure that projects are a success. Examples of projects include; Sustain Dundee Red Squirrel Project; Dundee Real Nappy Network and Dundee Community Gardens Project.
Contact Mrs Alison Anderson, Administrator, Sustain Dundee, Number 10, Constitution Road. Dundee DD1 1LL Tel: 01382 434737 – alison.anderson@dundeecity.gov.uk
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Tayside Bat Group

Who we are We are a small friendly group of Taysiders dedicated to the conservation of bats and their habitat in Tayside.
What we do We meet regularly throughout the year for a variety of activities including:
• Bat walks and surveys
• Installing and checking bat boxes
• Members training
• Talks and presentations
What we’d like to do
Contact Jean Oudne, taysidebatgroup@gmail.com
Link to website http://taysidebatgroup.wixsite.com/batty
More information https://www.facebook.com/TaysideBatGroup/ and @TaysideBatGroup

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Tayside Geodiversity

Who we are A local voluntary group that is interested in making Tayside’s geology and landscape better known.
What we do We aim to produce leaflets and information boards about local geology and geomorphology sites. We aim to protect and improve these sites in the three council areas (Angus, Perth & Kinross, and Dundee) that make up Tayside.
What we’d like to do
Contact David Lampard, c/o The McManus, Dundee’s art gallery & museum, Tel: 01382 432384 david.lampard@leisureandculturedundee.com
Link to website http://www.taysidegeo.org.uk/
More information Local Geodiversity Sites can be important for educational purposes, scientific study, historical value, and for public awareness and appreciation of landscape and geology. They were formerly known as Regionally Important Geological Sites (RIGS).The group has already published four geology trail leaflets:

  • Corsiehill Quarry, Kinnoull Hill near Perth (now only available as a download)
  • Seaton Cliffs near Arbroath (paper copies available widely throughout the area or to download)
  • Strathardle near Pitlochry (paper copies available widely throughout the area or to download)
  • Dundee Law

There are several designated Local Geodiversity Sites in Tayside. The group is currently working to increase this number.

Current Local Geodiversity sites are:

– Balkello Community Woodland

– Dundee Law

– Seaton Cliffs near Arbroath

– Stannergate

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Trade Justice Dundee

Who we are  A group of people from all walks of life coming together to raise public awareness of the dangers of the current crop of toxic trade deals and to put forward a positive vision of what a trade deal for ordinary people should look like.
What we do We campaign, leaflet, write letters, lobby politicians and anything else we can think of, to bring the focus onto the reality of what these deals really mean to ordinary people and to the environment
What we’d like to do Bring an end to all of these toxic so-called “trade” agreements which threaten to take away power from the people and hand it to global corporations.
Contact For more information, contact Paul Robison, Chair, by emailing pmartr@aol.com
Link to website None
More information For more information, visit our Facebook pages by searching for “Stop TTIP Dundee” or “Scotland Against Predatory Trade Deals”

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The Unicorn Gardeners

Who we are Its Your Neighbourhood group comprising volunteers from HMS Unicorn, the Dundee Inclusion Group, and local residents. We are also supported by other community groups such as Capability Scotland and the Sea Cadets.
What we do We regularly work on a small community garden, comprising 19 half-barrel planters on the dockside beside HMS Unicorn. We have four themed sections – wildlife, sensory, tropical and edible. We also keep the area clean, tidy and litter-free.
What we’d like to do We would like to continue to develop our area as a garden space for residents and visitors to enjoy and would welcome contact from other interested volunteers or organisations.
Contact Lucy Richardson
Link to website http://www.frigateunicorn.org/volunteer-on-unicorn
More information In 2017 we were awarded 3rd place in the planter category of the Dundee City Council Garden & Allotment Competition.

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University of Dundee Botanic Garden

Who we are As one of the centres for study and conservation of plant diversity The University of Dundee Botanic Garden has an acute understanding of the impact of climate change on plant life and an understanding of the complete dependence of humanity on plants.
What we do
What we’d like to do
Contact botanicgardens@dundee.ac.uk
Link to website http://www.dundee.ac.uk/botanic/
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 University of Dundee (Environment and Sustainability)

Who we are I am the environment and sustainability officer for the University.
What we do This entails working closely and responsibly both within the University and local community. Our staff and students are involved in many local projects ranging from litter picks, biodiversity studies to cycling and recycling (to name but a few).
What we’d like to do
Contact Tel: 01382 386996  Email: t.z.cunningham@dundee.ac.uk
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Green businesses

 

Dundee Resource & Reuse Centre

Who we are (Charity No: SC 046742)
What we do We operate a reclamation centre opposite the Verdant Jute Museum, retailing, repairing and re-using household and commercial “waste”.
What we’d like to do We are expanding into premises on the Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate where we are aiming to create a “RE-USE CULTURE” through a network of producers, users and re-creators of previously owned resources; we want to show what “zero waste” should look like!
Contacts Doug McLaren (07986 971 145) / Joe Lannen (07921 519 58)
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The Health Store

Who we are “The Health Store”, 95 Commercial Street, Dundee, was established in 1970 and has always had a “Green” policy.
What we do We stock a comprehensive range of organic, fair-trade, vegetarian and vegan food. Also available are several brands of toilet, kitchen and paper products which are chemical free, recycled and biodegradable.
What we’d like to do
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Notio Studio

Who we are Notio Studio is a Dundee based architectural design firm comprised of contemporary thinkers focussed towards low energy design solutions for the domestic market.
What we do The company aim is to design low cost homes with minimal running costs and beautiful spaces within. Our design process seeks to fuse contextually appropriate and contemporary architectural style with leading low energy technologies and materials resulting in a holistic design which reduces home-owner costs over the property’s life cycle.
What we’d like to do
Contact Mike Findlater, Tel:07798 633499; e-mail: mike@notiostudio.co.uk
Link to website www.notiostudio.co.uk
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Tayside Re-users

Who we are Tayside Re-Users is a registered environmental charity. We employ 13 staff and have a band of dedicated volunteers servicing a large retail unit on Douglas Street, Dundee.
What we do We divert a huge variety of goods from landfill, including household and office furniture, computers, bikes, clothes and any DIY goods that can be re-used. Tayside Re-Users collects all donated goods from the customers door free of charge.We are open for general sales and donated goods 9-5pm Monday to Friday and 10-4pm Saturday.We calculate the weights and C02 emissions saved, demonstrating the benefits to our community of buying re-used goods as well as the environmental benefits to the planet.
What we’d like to do Our on-going plan is to create an up-cycling facility which will enable us to train unemployed people in the relevant repair and re-furbishing skills as well as providing a new range of upcycled products to the general public for purchase.
Contact Units 1& 2, South Dudhope Mill, 73-75 Douglas Street, DundeeDD1 5AN.
Emporium Tel: (01382) 228806
Office Tel: (01382) 228986  E-mail: admin@taysidereusers.co.uk
Link to website www.taysidereusers.co.uk
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Political Parties

Dundee & Angus Greens

Who we are We represent the local branch of the Scottish Green Party
What we do The Scottish Green Party exists in order to work towards a nonviolent, democratic, just and sustainable society and, to that end, to contest elections to all levels of government in Scotland.
What we’d like to do We would like to raise awareness of green politics in our communities and to cooperate with all individuals and organisations whose aims are aligned with our principles and objectives.
• Ecological Wisdom
• Social Justice
• Participatory Democracy
• Non-violence
• Sustainability
• Respect for diversity
Contact Email: info@dundeegreens.org.uk
Link to website https://greens.scot/dundee (new site, under construction)
More information We meet monthly on second Monday and welcome new members and supporters.

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