March 2013 entered FDT in to the second year of our Centre of Excellence, F8 project. During this year, the trust has continued to expand in to other areas and build on previous achievements. Our project can be identified as focusing on four areas; energy, transport, food and Fintry as a low Carbon Centre of Excellence. Each of these areas will continue to develop and inter connect as our project grows.
FDT continues to provide our bespoke energy advice service to both domestic homes and business within the community. Thus far since April 2013, FDT has assisted with the installation of 1 PV array, 4 Air Source Heat Pumps, 1 Ground Source Heat Pump, and 1 domestic biomass. In addition to energy efficiency installations; 2 insulation upgrades, 1 radiator panels, 3 wood stoves with back boilers, 3 wood stoves, 1 heating control upgrade, 4 replacement doors, 1 enhanced heat transfer system, 1 double glazing, and external insulation on a park home. Additionally the local village pub – The Fintry Inn, installed a 60kW biomass boiler to replace traditional oil heating and FDT installed a 4kW PV array on the Fintry Nursery providing both the nursery and after school club with free electricity. Live energy generation data from Fintry Nursery can be found here.
We also have a range of other energy saving and carbon reduction projects such as our Wood Fuel Bulk Buy Scheme – where residents can access low cost sustainable woodfuel - and when possible, Free Woodfuel giveaways from from a local woodland. Additionally we also run Draught Proofing Workshops on a regular basis, and these show participants how to install draught proofing materials in their own homes. Participants are even given draught proofing goody bags allowing them to test out their new skills at home at no cost.
FDT continues to address Fintry’s transport issues through a range of measures. FEET or Fintry Energy Efficient Transport continues to grow and develop. After the success of our EV pilot – Click here to view our Citroen C Zero article - in 2012, FDT worked to secure an EV on a more permanent basis. In 2013 FEET car club was awarded a Nissan Leaf through the Scottish Governments Developing Car Clubs Scotland EV programme. This Nissan Leaf is a small five seat family car which has a range of 120 miles and can recharge from zero battery in just four hours. Click here for more information.
FDT also launched the Cycle Fintry project within the community. This scheme aims to encourage residents to take advantage of low carbon transport options. In addition to hosting a bike and equipment bank, we also have a repair centre and we regularly hold cycle related workshops, events and fun activities for all the family.
We have also been working to encourage individuals to take part in car sharing. In 2013 Fintry Car Share Club teamed up with Stirling Council and their lift share scheme with the aim to connect passengers and drivers both commuting and for leisure.
Throughout the period of this project FDT has been working with the local DRT (Direct Responsive Transport) to provide shared transport services over the local region and to the local high school.
FDT continues to build upon its achievements by directly enhancing and adding to the community’s sustainability agenda and growing aims. In winter 2013, FDT and the community planted a further 33 fruit trees across a range of varieties; apple, pear and plum within Fintry’s Community Orchard. We hope that the trees will grow to provide sustainable food sources for the local community for many years to come and we regularly hold maintenance workshops to achieve this.
In August 2013, FDT launched the Fintry Community Garden, the garden is a direct extension of the community orchard. It provides Fintry residents access and the opportunity to grow low carbon, healthier and sustainable food sources. Our garden hosts a range of amenities and is regularly enjoyed by users of all ages.
Center for Low Carbon Excellence
FDT is regularly contacted by community groups/organisations, government organisations, schools, and universities who are interested in the work that we carry out here within the village. We are regularly visited by such groups and are happy to host events, demonstrating the work that we do here in the village.