Conservation & Environment Finalists 2018

Xanthella Ltd.

Dunstaffnage, Oban

Xanthella was founded in November 2009 by Dr Douglas McKenzie to address growing business opportunities relating to microalgae. The business focuses on the design and manufacture of culturing systems in the form of photobioreactors (PBR) that use submerged LED technology. They have developed a number of culturing systems available for different applications and for scale-up production. Xanthella’s design team has close collaborations with universities and private sector partners who manufacture system components to Xanthella’s designs and then Xanthella assembles the systems in house.


CH Architecture

Bonar Bridge, Sutherland

CH Architecture was set up in 2014 by architect, Catriona Hill RIAS, who graduated from Glasgow School of Art and after 15 years working in London decided to return to Scotland and apply her skills at a local level. The practice focuses on community and commercial projects and is committed to delivering value for money and design excellence. CH Architecture work on projects both locally and further afield and are currently involved in projects across Sutherland. The practice is particularly interested in assisting community lead projects and have helped a number of local voluntary organisations to improve their property.


The Angus Glens Moorland Group

Brechin, Angus

The Angus Glens Moorland Group is a collection of rural estates throughout Angus, founded in 2015. The group demonstrates the work these sporting estates and their staff undertake for the countryside, both in Angus and Scotland as a whole, highlighting the positive impact on local communities and businesses. This includes conservation of rare heather moorland and the wildlife which lives there.


MacRebur Ltd

Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire

MacRebur was co-founded by three friends; Gordon Reid, Toby McCartney and Nick Burnett in early 2016. They were sick of the state of the potholed rural roads in Dumfriesshire. Inspired by an Indian method of melting plastic into craters to fill and seal them, they developed a patent-pending pellet from waste plastics (plastic which would otherwise end up in landfill). It has gone one step further and rather than just being for potholes, the invention has evolved into a entirely new form of road surfacing.


Luss Estates

Arnburn, Arden, Argyll

Luss Estates is a diversified rural business set on the banks of Loch Lomond. They bring sustainable, modern approaches to green energy generation, farming, forestry, nature conservation and game management. Luss Estates is committed to building for the future through their stewardship of the land and support for the environment, society and rural economy. Their conservation and environmental efforts extend through green energy, community engagement, forestry, native species conservation, non-native species management, deer management, peatland restoration and a willing attitude to engaging and enabling relevant stakeholders and organisations in conservation projects of mutual benefit.


Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery

Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery Ltd are Scotland’s only wild, native oyster fishery. While a commercially viable fishery, the activities of this company are absolutely determined by their approach to conservation, sustainable management of the oyster bed and safeguarding of this precious and unique resource. As that last native oyster bed of any significance left in Scotland, the Loch Ryan team take their responsibilities to it incredibly seriously, returning 95 per cent of each catch to the loch, gently and gradually dispersing the oysters across the bed of the loch to encourage breeding and the growth of the oyster bed.


Galloway Fisheries Trust

Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire

The aim of the Galloway Fisheries Trust (GFT) is to restore and maintain aquatic biodiversity, particularly native fish, in Galloway by means of practical, responsible and sustainable approaches to land, water and fishery management, based on sound science, for the benefit of the community as a whole. The GFT is an environmental charity which was set up in 1988 by four local District Salmon Fisheries Boards in the south west of Scotland with common problems and aims. Since then the trust has gone from strength to strength, now working across most of Dumfries & Galloway’s rivers and still waters including the Border Esk.


Communities Along The Carron

Stenhousemuir, Larbert

Communities Along the Carron Association (CATCA) is a volunteer community group established in 2010 to regenerate a 20-mile river which runs through 16 communities in the Falkirk district. Since CATCA formed in 2010, they have raised over £1.5 million pounds for the river regeneration from a plethora of funders including Scottish Natural Heritage, Falkirk Local Authority, Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Foundation Scotland, Falkirk Environment Trust to name just a few.


CH & AK Walker

Duns, Berwickshire

CH & AK Walker is an organic beef and sheep farming business based at Barnside Farm in the Lammermuir Hills near Duns in the Scottish Borders. It is run by husband and wife team Charley and Andrea Walker.



Portree Isle of Skye

Based in the Isle of Skye, ATLAS Arts is a pioneering producer and commissioner of contemporary art that creates connections between artists and audiences and responds to the unique qualities of this region, its landscape, its culture and its people. They are an arts organisation without a building or a gallery – and their locale provides opportunities for artists to develop ambitious, often temporary, site-specific work in public spaces in the Highlands.