Bute charity nominated for Spirit of Scotland award

Fyne Futures' general manager, Reeni Kennedy-Boyle.
Fyne Futures' general manager, Reeni Kennedy-Boyle.

Bute-based charity Fyne Futures has been shortlisted for a Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland award.

The organisation, the ‘sustainability’ arm of Rothesay-based housing association Fyne Homes, has been nominated in the environment section of the annual awards scheme.

Headed by general manager Reeni Kennedy-Boyle, Fyne Futures has run initiatives including recycling waste management, reuse of furniture, growing local produce and community car clubs, all of which have contributed to a large reduction in CO2 emissions.

The charity faces competition from three other nominees for the award: environmentalist Dick Balharry, the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) and Forres-based charity Wild Things!.

The Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland awards, now in its seventeenth year, was established by the family-run single malt whisky brand to recognise individuals who lead the way in various aspects of Scottish culture. Other categories in the awards include Business, Art, Food, Writing, Sport, Music, Screen and Top Scot.

Jonathan Grant from Glenfiddich said: “Yet again the standard of nominees in the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards is exceptional.

“This year’s Environment Award shortlist reflects the diversity of work being undertaken to protect and promote Scotland’s unique natural heritage. The nominees were selected by our judging panel but it is up to the public to decide the winners by voting in the Awards.”

It’s the second year in a row Bute has been in the running for the Spirit of Scotland environment award - Emma Cooper, now working as the co-ordinator of the Scottish Rural Parliament, was shortlisted in 2013 for her work with Bute’s community-owned forest.

To vote, visit www.glenfiddich.com/spiritofscotland - the closing date for votes is Sunday, November 9.