The Levenseat Trust have announce the topic for the 2018/2019 Acorn Awards as ‘ Your Community, Your Environment’. All Primary schools within Levenseat’s Catchment Area will be invited to take part and will be awarded £500 to cover the costs of the project.
The Acorn Awards were set up to encouraging children& young people to work with their communities, looking at environmental and ecological projects. Past topics have included ‘ recycling – Encouraging Young People to be Responsible Citizens’ and ‘Outdoor Learning at your Schools’. Last years topic was on renewable energy to coincide with the opening of Levenseats Power Plant which will produce partially renewable energy. The winners were Brahead and Auchengray Primary Schools.
A spokesperson from the Trust said “We are very much looking forward to this years project and cant wait to see what the pupils come up with. In the past we have been treated to fashion shows, variety performances – where the children have came up with their own rap and even model villages powered from renewable energy sources. We are always blown away by the standard of entry and we can’t wait to see how the children interpret the brief this time round”
At the end of the project, judges from Levenseat Trust will visit each school to learn about their project and meet the pupils involved. The schools are then invited along to a presentation day in November where the Award winner is announced.
Good luck to all schools involved.
About the Levenseat Trust
A Private Limited Company. The Trust is an Approved body for the Scottish Landfill Community Fund and is a registered charity. They are regulated by Revenue Scotland/SEPA.
The Levenseat Trust was established in 1997 in order to take advantage of the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. The Trust was founded on the initiative of Levenseat Ltd with support from West Lothian Council and Scottish Natural Heritage.
Levenseat Ltd is a waste management business with both landfill and recycling operations based at Levenseat on the border between West Lothian and South Lanarkshire.
The Trust is a registered charity and an Environmental Body registered with SEPA. It is not therefore controlled by either Levenseat, West Lothian or South Lanarkshire Council’s.
Apart from initial donations from West Lothian Council and Scottish Natural Heritage, all of the Trust’s income to date (other income from individual projects all of which is absorbed in the projects) has comprised Landfill Tax Credits plus donations from Levenseat Ltd.
The Trust undertakes and supports projects, in conformance with the regulations laid down by REVENUE SCOTLAND/SEPA, in general aimed at improving the environment for the benefit of local people. Examples of projects are given in the annual reports.
For more information please visit www.levenseattrust.org.uk
About the Acorn Awards
The Levenseat Trust run a competition each year for all the Primary Schools within the catchment area, namely Addiewell, Auchengray, Braehead, Falla Hill Fauldhouse, Forth, Longridge, Our Lady’s Stoneyburn, St John the Baptist Fauldhouse, St Thomas’ Addiewell, Stoneyburn and Woodmuir Breich, encouraging them to work with their communities, looking at environmental and ecological projects.
A theme is decided at the beginning of the year by the Trust and advised to the schools when they are invited to participate. The award aims to increase partnership working between schools, parents and local organisations. Each school is awarded £500 at the beginning of the project to cover any costs incurred while running the project.
At the end of the project judges from Levenseat Trust visit each school to learn about their project and meet the pupils involved. The schools are then invited along to a presentation day where the Award winner is announced and they receive the trophy for a year and a cheque for £50.
Criteria to be considered by the Trust Panel
The level of the children’s involvement
Were the parents and local community involved?
What was the standard of evidence supplied by the presentation on the themes
For more information on the Trust please visit www.leveseattrust.org.uk