Contact: Paul Cruise — Unit 31, Thistle Industrial Estate, Church Street, Cowdenbeath, Fife
- 0845 222 0418
- 0775 325 4425
Living Solutions was set up as a social enterprise by two graduates of Fife’s School for Social Entrepreneurs (The SSE), to tackle social and environmental problems in Fife, in particular; unemployment, fuel poverty, species loss and climate change.
Our aims are to:
- Conserve & protect the natural environment
- Reduce unemployment
- Manufacture and build affordable sustainable housing
Living Solutions works to achieve these aims through carrying out environmental improvements and projects in the local community and providing employment, training and volunteering opportunities within these projects. Our acheivements include
- Providing 47 volunteering & training opportunities
- Creating 4 jobs
- Carrying out regular garden maintenence and grass cutting services for a local Housing Association
- Designing and building a community garden with a celtic circle
- Working with the Forestry Commission to improve local woodlands
- Forming partnerships with organisations such as Project Scotland and local schools
- Starting an allotment project in Lochgelly
Woodlands The woodlands team works mainly in Forestry commission land carrying out environmental improvements such as selective felling to improve to woodland environment. The team is led by Les Keyte, a highly qualified woodsman who is licensed to fell all sizes of trees with a chainsaw and can deal with multiple windblown trees. Volunteers on this project receive specialist NPTC chainsaw training.
The woodlands team is equipped to offer a range of services, including:
- Timber extraction using our Ironhorse
- Tree felling, including removal of dangerous and windblown trees
- Making and installing rustic benches & information board housing
- Processing timber with our Woodmizer saw mill
Gardens Living Solutions provides a range of gardening services including:
- grass and hedge cutting
- Weed clearing and chemical spraying
- Designing, planting and maintaining floral displays
- Construction of woven willow fences and structures
We work mainly for a local housing association and also run an allotment project in partnership with Lochgelly High School which teaches young people about organic gardening, food and healthy living.
Volunteer opportunities are available where you can learn various gardening techniques and skills, how to use common gardening equipment and even gain a qualification in chemical spraying.