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Castle Eco-Grants

The Castle Environmental Awards began in 2009. When the government reduced the VAT rate, we ring-fenced the additional £29,000 profit from our visit and membership fees into a special fund. Castle staff and customers were invited to apply for up to £6000 for each project that would promote sustainability in some way . The winning projects included: a new office for Magnificent Revolution built out of a retired shipping container, an internship with Greenpeace (which resulted in the candidate getting a full-time job), solar panels for an organic farm in India, supplies and training for beekeeping in North Wales, an information sign for Growing Communities and funding for a community health post in Ghap, Nepal.

Inspired by Patagonia's employee grant scheme, we decided to set up our own Castle Staff Eco-grant Scheme. Castle staff may apply for up to £1200 stipend to fund them while they work on an environmental project. Applications are judged by a panel of peers and we give out up to 4 grants each year.


Successful candidates:

2011

Miriam Willis – Hillyfield Farm Development
A placement offering administrative restructuring and support in fundraising and volunteer resourcing for a forest conservation site on the southern edge of Dartmoor.

Caroline Talbot – Green Alliance
An internship with an environmental think tank dedicated to ensuring that UK political leaders deliver ambitious solutions to global environmental issues.

2012

Jack Cox – Organic Lea Co-operative
A placement working with Organic Lea food growers co-operative in Chingford creating and developing productive growing sites for edible funghi.

Johanna Wadsley – Hugging the Coast
A post-doctoral social science expedition (by sea-kayak) to observe, document and publicise the impact of industrial demand for seaweed (used in health food & pharmaceuticals production) on the marine environment and socio-economic conditions of the Sangihe Archipelago, Indonesia.

Nick Quinn – North Down Orchard
WOOF’ing at North Down Orchard (Basingstoke) to learn key aspects of winter organic growing for large scale organic ‘box scheme’  fruit & vegetable production.

2013

Rosa Gonzalez – Article 25
A placement working as an Architect for an NGO (Article 25) team of construction professionals designing schools using sustainable techniques for construction in earthquake affected sites in Haiti.

Jack Pardoe and Zoltan Majoros - Castle 2 Castle

Cycling 1200 miles from London to Budapest to examine whether cycling as a means of long distance travel is really feasible in modern Europe and, if so, how easily and comfortably can it be done. They aim to demonstrate the physical, mental, cultural and environmental benefits of green & sustainable travel over other travel forms.

You can read more about our successful applicants in our sustainability blog.

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