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Improving places

The issue:
The quality of our places and spaces is declining

Our ambition:
Scotland's places and their heritage are restored

Help us improve our local communities

Restoring Scotland's places and their heritage

We recognise the value of our places and their heritage and inspire action to protect them.

Action is being taken in neighbourhoods across Scotland by volunteers to improve the places they care about. We aim to inspire people, through our training, community support networks and celebrate success through our awards and accreditations.

Our combined impact


We inspire communities, schools, organisations, businesses and individuals to improve places through our training and wide range of practical activities and programmes. 

Our 2023/2024 impact included: 

  • 146 clean up hubs supported across Scotland
  • 52 Scotland’s Beach Awards and 87 Green Flag Award for parks.
  • 249 community groups involved in It's Your Neighbourhood or Beautiful Scotland.
  • 14 tourism establishments awarded a Green Key eco-certificate.

Our work to improve places and spaces

We’re working every day to inspire people to protect and enhance the places where they live, work and visit. We engage with communities helping them to understand and value their heritage and take action to protect it. 

Our longstanding community programmes It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland support and celebrate efforts of volunteers, community groups and local authorities as they take action to make improve the places that they love.

Clean Up Scotland is our campaign to tackle litter. Whether you are an individual, member of a community, school or a business, we can all work together to improve our environment.

We celebrate action taken by local authorities, communities and land managers through our Green Flag Awards and Scotland's Beach Awards, both of which have criteria linking the communities to the heritage of places

In 2023 we launched Our Heritage, Our Future aimed at inspiring heritage and climate action in communities.

Improve places

We provide support and celebrate the achievements of hundreds of community groups across Scotland

Improve and grow your community with us

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