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Sustainable Cupar
Scottish environmental charity
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We are a local community group that was set up in 2009 to help Cupar become a thriving, environmentally friendly town. The group aims to raise awareness of green issues and to promote and support changes to more sustainable lifestyles.  Sustainable Cupar is open to anyone with an interest in the future of our historic market town. We have a number of sub-groups that have separate meetings and events that concentrate on their particular interests: Natural Environment, including the FAB sub-group, Town development and Energy.

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Bright Ideas for Sustainability

Sustainable Cupar’s Ideas Day on Saturday 5th was thoroughly enjoyed by 25 participants who became quickly engaged in the discussion and put forward some excellent suggestions.  The only ‘down’ side was the poor acoustic in the Corn Exchange lower hall. 

The audience delighted in the improvements soon to be in place on the Old Moor Road and suggested that the upgraded route would benefit from an interpretation board explaining the history of the drove road, its quarry and magazine. Additional plans for ‘active travel’ in particular safe cycling routes around town were welcomed especially by parents in the audience. The Underground-style map of cycle routes invoked much interest. A bike hire facility and central map showing safe cycling routes were suggested for the town.

The hall was buzzing with ideas about how to protect and encourage pollinators such as bees, beetles and butterflies. The Fruit and Blossom group will be sowing a perennial wild flower meadow in the community orchard and edible planting was suggested for the Ferguson Square and for the gap sites in the town centre.  What about fruit trees in the Haugh Park?

The presentation on sustainable housing generated most interest, with audience grasping the ideas of filtered permeability and the importance of orientation in builds like Village Homes.  Participants suggested tax increases for builders using unsustainable materials, and called for self-build opportunities in new schemes. The detailed presentation showing how heat from solar panels and sewage systems can be stored for use in the winter in district heat networks was very well received and the audience agreed this technology should be integral to all new builds.

A no car zone, sustainable local employment opportunities, vegetable growing and better night life in Cupar were amongst the other ideas the audience offered.  A dozen or so stayed behind at the end, partly to continue eating cake, but also to hear about how Carbon Conversations can help individuals and communities focus on improving their carbon footprint.  The full report of Sustainable Cupar’s Ideas Day will form the basis of the group’s future action plans, and will feed in to Cupar Development Trust’s CuparCould project.

Snowdrops will be planted along the Moor Road on Sat 12th March.  All welcome to come and help.  Please meet at the Cupar end at 2pm.

Ideas Day Sarah

Ideas Day Analysis

To see the results of our Ideas Day questionnaire, please click on the link below:

Ideas Day Analysis

Donate to Sustainable Cupar

Membership is free however; voluntary donations will help us achieve our aims. Our bank details are:

Sort code: 07-00-93, Bank account No: 33333334, Account Reference: 0975/703850804

Sustainable Cupar is also amongst the first charities in the country to use its own, unique personalised text code, SCUP11, to raise funds using JustTextGiving.

This is a free service for charities, that has no set up or fundraising costs for charities, no network charges for people making donations and every penny donated goes to charity.  Gift Aid can also be added to donations.

You can make donations of up to £10 by texting SCUP11 and either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 to 70070 to make a donation.  The text message is free and all of the donation will be passed to Sustainable Cupar.

Join us:

Come and enjoy volunteering with others, and help to make Cupar more sustainable.

Just turn up to a meeting or get in touch using the form on our Contact page. You are welcome to join us at any of our regular meetings, these are as follows:

Monthly meetings Group name
1st Wednesday, 7.30pm Town development group
2nd Wednesday, 7.30pm Fruit & Blossom (FAB) group
3rd Wednesday, 8.00pm Energy group
Jan, Apr, Jul & Oct (last Thursday, 7.30pm) Sustainable Cupar Main group

Read our recent presentation to the Rotary

Sustainable Cupar presentation

Sustainable home page
Link to Facebook
Link to Sustain_Cupar

Membership form

Please click the button below to access the Sustainable Cupar membership form, which can be printed and completed.

 Scottish charity (SCIO) number SC042695 
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