Annual Sustainability Festivals

Dollar Community Development Trust, along with our partners on the Sustainable Dollar Working Group, aim to run a Sustainability Festival each year in Dollar. The first one was held in October 2021 and focused on reducing waste. The second is on 21st May 2022 and has the theme ‘Biodiversity’. the aim of the festivals is to engage the community in the climate change agenda and encourage them to think what they can do to support it.

Click here to find out about 2022’s Sustainability Festival

Sustainability Festival 2021

We ran our first sustainability festival in October 2021, check below for the full programme.

Below is the event programme. Places at some of the sessions/workshops are limited, booking is required in person on the day on a first come first served basis – so some come early to avoid disappointment!

More information about the individual workshops can be found under the poster below.

Workshop/Session Information

Saturday Workshops/Sessions

Keynote Speaker, 1pm to 3pm, The Hive, Main Hall – we are very lucky to be welcoming Jess Pepper to our event! Jess is a Board Member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. She is a mum, climate advocate, a Climate Reality leader and is actively involved in community action on climate change, especially through her local Climate Café. Jess has worked for environmental NGOs including Scottish Environment LINK and WWF Scotland, and with SCCS on the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. An independent public affairs consultant and trained facilitator for Carbon Conversations, Jess continues to support and work with children and young leaders taking action for their community and future. Jess was trained by Al Gore in 2013, and we can’t wait to hear her speak and lead a discussion.

Dollar Repair Café, The Hive Main Hall, 10.30am to 1pm – we’re so pleased to be launching our Repair Café at the Festival – for more information on how the repair café works – click here

Furniture Upcycling led by One Planet Forth Valley, 10.30am to 12.30pm, Community Marquee – For our furniture workshop, OPFV will provide chairs for people to upcycle along with all the necessary tools, paint, stencils etc. so all participants need is some scruffy clothes that they don’t mind getting paint on, or a large apron. Due to time constraints and complexity, they have decided to use chairs that do not have soft seats so will not require re-upholstering. This workshop can take up to 8 participants, and will be led by OPFV’s furniture upcycler Lesley Mcaleenan.

Community Litter Pick, led by Clackmannanshire Council Ranger Morag Boyd, 12pm to 2pm. the Hive West wing and Outside Area. This interactive session will start with some information from Morag about litter and its impact on local wildlife and the environment, she will then take you on a litter pick around Dollar. All Ages Welcome!

Love Food Hate Waste, 12.15pm to 1pm, the Children’s Library (Hive) – Funded by Zero Waste Scotland and delivered by Energy Saving Trust, this session will be practical and fun, providing ideas and tips to put into practice at home.

Take advantage of Love Food Hate Waste session to help you:

• Save up to £438 a year by reducing food waste at home

• Adopt new habits and be more efficient

• Play a part in creating a healthier, greener Scotland

Children and young people welcome! After this event, why not come along on Sunday to see Jilly McCord demonstrate what you can do to reduce the amount of food waste in your home.

Save Energy at Home, Many people will see their energy costs rise because of the extra time spent at home this year. This workshop has been designed to help us stay in control of our future energy bills as well as reduce our impact on the environment. Learn new practical tips & hints, find out how easy it can be to change your supplier, and take part in our quiz.

Ochil Youth Community Improvement (OYCI) Pop Up Shop!, 1pm to 3pm, the Hive West Wing – the fashion industry contributes 8% of the world’s carbon – help change that by visiting our pop up shop for good quality, new to you items.  Clothes for ages 10 – 18 years. Get involved in the #Pay Up campaign when you visit

Fabric Upcycling, 1.30pm to 3pm led by One Planet Forth Valley, In the fabric upcycling workshop you will be making place mats from t-shirts. OPFV will bring along a selection of t-shirts for this, along with the forms to weave the mats on and tools, however if you have old t-shirts you are are willing to use / donate, this would be much appreciated. This workshop can take up to 12 participants. OPFV’s fabric Upcycler Christine Kinnon will be leading this workshop.

Sunday Workshops/Sessions

Cooking with local produce and reducing food waste with Jilly McCord, 10.30am to 11.30am, Hive Main Hall, We’re really lucky to be able to welcome local chef and MasterChef 2019 Runner-up Jilly McCord to come and do a cooking demonstration for us. Jilly will be showing us a dish cooked with seasonal vegetables and talking about ways to reduce the amount of food waste in your home. This is a great follow-on to the Love Food Hate Waste session on Saturday afternoon.

Wild Planet Explorers/ Big Dreams Little Footsteps, 10.30am to 11.30am and then again at 1pm to 2pm Join Jo from Wild Planet Explorers and Anya from Big Dreams, Little Footprints for a fun, interactive and educational session – What is Global Warming and Climate Change and How Can I Help? Using props and imaginative play to share facts in a fun and memorable way, Wild Planet Explores will show how global warming has happened, the resulting climate changes and briefly focuses on the impact on wildlife. The session will then be followed by a fun interactive activity with Anya sharing ideas on how we can help through our daily lives.

Making something new out of something old, 1pm to 3pm, with local upcycler Louisa Micallef, Hive Main Hall Louisa will be showing you how to upcycle textiles that other upcycling classes don’t teach, most only teach main clothes but Louisa wants to teach how to reuse old socks, tights, bras ,old scarfs as well as old curtains, bedding, bags,  cushions, pillows, duvets. So just bring along one of these items and if you have them needles and threads and pins, scissors and tape measure (although Louisa can lend to those who don’t have them). 

OYCI Make a Mosaic Planter, 1.30pm to 3pm, the Hive West Wing and Outside area – ever wondered what to do with old mugs, cups, tiles or other ceramics? We are going to be making mosaic community planters from these items. Come along for a ‘smashing’ time! Aimed at 10 to 16 year olds.

Saving Water in Scotland….really?! 10.30am to 11.15am, the Children’s Library in the Hive – Join Home Energy Scotland as they answer the question: Saving water in Scotland? Really? In partnership with Scottish Water, Home Energy Scotland provides free and impartial advice on the extent to which water consumption in Scotland affects our carbon footprint and our way of life. Find out how you can help save water, energy, and even keep some money in your pocket with practical advice you can employ through this interactive workshop.

Stalls and Information stands

  • OOSHASC – Once Owned Should Have A Second Chance! Founded in 2012, Ooshasc is a shop selling ladies pre-loved clothing, shoes, handbags and occasion hats! We help you sell your pre-loved items of clothing and offer a venue to shop other people’s items. As time has gone on, OOSHASC have become more aware of the effect the fashion industry has had on the environment, and consider themselves part of the solution to conquering this pollution by offering quality preloved items for sale.
  • Kitty at Home – local vintage shop joins us to share their ethos of encouraging others to buy vintage.
  • Zero Waste Organics – are an instore and online shop selling plastic-free, refillable produce from sustainable and organic suppliers. They offer a beautiful range of Toys, Foods, Gifts and Homeware.
  • Dollar Horticultural and Garden Club will be joining us for their annual Tulip Sale
  • Hanover Dairies – local milk delivery company
  • Clackmannanshire Council
  • Home Energy Scotland – Reduce your bills and save energy – get funding and support from Home Energy Scotland.
  • Scottish Water – How to save water and money from your bills, FREE water saving gadgets for your home and garden.
  • Home Renewables – All the up-to-date information on home renewables and battery storage
  • Carbon Calculator
  • Dollar Community Development Trust – the humble beginnings of a local Dollar Tool Library
  • Ebike trials all day – Test an e-bike and a Home Energy Scotland Advisor is here to chat to you about all things electric bikes (e-bikes) and answer your questions. Remember, no question is too big or too small – ask them anything!

Any Questions?

Just contact Rebecca on or 07563 405939

Support us

The Trust has not received any external grant funding to run this 2-day event. If you would like to support our sustainability work, please consider making a one-off donation to the Trust by clicking the button below. Your support will enable us to continue to provide these activities for FREE for our local community.

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