Award win for Green Guardians

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Community-led organisation Green Guardians, based at Woodfarm Education Centre in Giffnock, has been presented with a prestigious Climate Challenge Fund Award.

The organisation scooped the award in the Travel Category for its work encouraging people to cycle more and drive less.

Fatima Iftikhar, project manager, said: “We were delighted just to be nominated for the award.

“Winning came as a complete surprise to us all but a very welcome surprise.

“And is a great reward for all the hard work of the Green Guardians team, volunteers and community members who took small steps with us to make a big difference.”

Fatima Rahman, travel and sustainability project officer, said: “Through our project we hoped to encourage adults and children to take their bike, or to walk, the short distances to shops or just for fun, but we found we were teaching lots of adults how to cycle as well.

“Many of the ladies who came to the cycle training days have found a new sense of freedom through being able to cycle, and still regularly take advantage of our free bike hire.”

The Climate Challenge Fund Awards were organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The awards recognise the work that has been undertaken by groups supported by the Climate Challenge Fund to tackle climate change in their communities.

Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “Congratulations to all of the award winners and runners-up.

“Every project demonstrated great initiative, innovation and inclusiveness, to create local solutions to an international problem.”