Work of SPICE recognised with Rural Action award nomination

Group responsible for cleaning up Elgin are nominated for Scottish Rural award.
Group responsible for cleaning up Elgin are nominated for Scottish Rural award.

A MORAY ENVIRONMENTAL project is one of four that has been nominated for a Rural Innovators Award under the Climate Change category.

SPICE (Strategic Partnership for Improving the City of Elgin) has been nominated for the Scottish Rural Action award – and now they are calling on people from throughout Moray and beyond to get behind them in the public voting round.

Spokesperson Steve Christie said: “We are delighted to have been nominated for this award and hope that the people of Elgin and beyond will vote for us.

“SPICE was formed six years ago and have so far conducted 16 litter pick events – and we are currently working on a flowerbed at the western side of Elgin to provide a colourful and eye catching entrance into the town.

“All our members are volunteers and willingly give up their time to make Elgin a better, cleaner place for everyone.”

The Rural Innovator Awards are run by Scottish Rural Action and seek to recognise and showcase some of the most innovative and effective ways in which rural challenges can be addressed. It will be awarded to a project, person or organisation who is improving life in rural communities by tackling one of the priority challenges.

Scottish Rural Action National Coordinator Emma Cooper said: “We are very excited to be able to start accepting votes for the Rural Innovators Awards.

“Some incredible and inspiring projects were nominated for the awards in this category and shortlisting was a challenging task. We would encourage people to have a look at the shortlisted projects on our website and choose the project they find most innovative and inspiring.

“The awards will be presented at the Scottish Rural Parliament in Brechin”

People can vote online at with voting closing at midnight on September 18.

Winners will receive a paid-for place at the Scottish Rural Parliament 2016 on October 6 to 8, taking place at Brechin Community Campus in Angus and will have the opportunity to present their project to delegates.

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