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Restoring nature and biodiversity

The issue:
There is a nature emergency

Our ambition:
Scotland is nature positive

Help us restore nature and increase biodiversity

Creating a nature positive Scotland

We recognise the richness and uniqueness of Scotland’s biodiversity and nature and the importance it plays with regards to facilitating and sustaining all life.

We are clear that we must all play our part to halve biodiversity loss by 2030 and reverse it by 2045. We are committed to ensuring that the biodiversity crisis is front and centre of what we all talk about, learn about and act on – from our education and training activities to our awards and accreditations and the support we can offer communities.

We support Scotland’s strategy to tackle the nature emergency.

Our combined impact

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

Last year’s impact included:

  • 15,817 votes cast for the public’s favourite Pocket Garden.
  • 55 schools piloted Learning about Forests (LEAF) in 21 local authority areas. 
  • 37% of Green Flag Eco-School winners worked on the biodiversity topic.
  • 212 community groups and entrants participated in It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland creating habitats for nature.

Our work with you to restore nature and biodiversity

We’re working every day to help Scotland become nature positive. Through our training, education programmes, community activities and award schemes we inspire action for nature.

Our longstanding community programmes It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland support and celebrate efforts to plant for biodiversity, and we have supported the Garden for Life Forum since 2015, bringing together third sector organisations with a common goal to protect and enhance nature.

Biodiversity action is embedded through our Climate Action Schools Framework, with one of the key Eco-Schools topics having this theme. We also launched a new learning programme Learning about Forests (LEAF) in 2022 which advocates outdoor learning, and have recently started to offer an SCQF level 4 Biodiversity Action course for secondary school pupils..

And, for the past eight years we have run Pocket Garden, a garden design and build competition for children and young people, with thousands voting online annually for the public’s favourite design.

Our training offer includes our accredited Climate Emergency Training for Nature and Biodiversity as part of our efforts to support people become Carbon Literate and Nature Literate.

We also recognise local authorities, communities and land managers for their excellent work to protect biodiversity through our Green Flag Award for parks and Scotland's Beach Awards.

If you want to join us to restore nature and biodiversity get in touch.


We provide training and support to help organisations, community groups and individuals understand and take action to restore nature and biodiversity.

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