- Collaboration is key to becoming a climate literate nation
- More work to be done for a litter free Scotland
- A decade and a half of environmental legislation
- It's never too early to learn about the climate emergency
- Our strategy to inspire action for our environment
- FARE Lochend - Where good news is standard
- Glashieburn's LEAF journey
- An Interview with Travel Influencer Chris Lawlor
- Climate action with hope and optimism
- The Big River Irvine Riverbank Clean
- Eating nettles and gazing at clouds: a LEAF reflection
- #TakeItBack to the start
- Dalry Primary School's LEAF journey
- Pedalling towards a sustainable future
- Chirnside Primary School's LEAF journey
- Flowerbank Early Childhood Centre's Pocket Garden Experience
- To keep Scotland beautiful we all need to take action
- Applegarth and Hutton’s LEAF journey
- Our hope for a nature positive Scotland
- Becoming a Platinum Carbon Literate Organisation
- Volunteering with KSB and loving every minute
- We are all accountable for our actions
- Hillhead students talk keeping Kelvingrove Park beautiful
- Making it easy to choose a reusable cup for takeaway drinks
- Get to know...John MacLennan
- Get to know...Sandy Scott
- How Eco-Schools benefits pupils, teachers and communities
- Community gardening for climate, nature and heritage in Cumbernauld
- Tackling the litter emergency to protect our wild isles
- Scotland isn't looking so beautiful. We can change that.
- Get to know... Green Flag Award Judges
- Collaboration and innovation to tackle marine litter
- An introduction to Kinnesswood in Bloom...
- The litter emergency
- Our charity faces the environmental challenges ahead with optimism
- Wrapping up 2022
- Biodiversity - Reflections on COP15
- Small steps to protect biodiversity
- Why Mountains Matter
- It’s not just bees and butterflies on your flowers
- Wet Wipes - What's the Issue?
- Young Reporters on the Route: The Launch of Running Out of Time
- Getting to know... Tom Brock OBE
- Getting to know...Kyle Usher
- A busy day for Upstream Battle education
- Planning a Wedding with the Planet in Mind
- 'Disposable' vapes and the damage they cause
- Climate Emergency Training provides positive opportunities for young people
- Making climate action possible for everyone
- Reasons to be positive
- Shotts is ACTing NOW on climate change
- Hope is a Garden
- Do we need the word 'pests' anymore?
- Beautiful Scotland judging - the truth
- Supporting Scotland to be the very greenest destination it can be
- Arbroath - working together, inspiring local climate action and improving lives
- Reflections of a beach manager
- I do like to be beside the seaside
- Climate Action Schools - helping young people take action
- Inspiring and empowering young people
- Climate Ready Classrooms at George Heriot's
- Data drives decisions
- Litter, fines and doing time
- Why our Web Developer Cameron loves being part of Team KSB
- It's only one
- Why join the family of It’s Your Neighbourhood?
- YoungScot Legacy Event
- Why it is the sea and SDG 14 for me
- Litter picking - a surprisingly fun group activity
- Climate Action Skills and positive action for all
- Seeing community groups thrive with Beautiful Scotland and It's Your Neighbourhood
- (What to do on) a dreich morning on the Firth of Clyde
- West Lothian Litter Pickers – How I got involved
- Scotland’s Climate Festival – Seed funding for community action
- Climate Ready Classrooms at St. Paul’s RC High School
- Scottish Book Trust representative joins Pocket Garden judging panel
- Have #YourSayOnLitter - we plan to...
- Everyone has something to say about litter – time to make it count
- Who ya gonna call?
- Why I pick up other people's garbage.
- Getting to Know...Colin
- Creative Careers: Spotlight on Heritage #NoWrongPath
- Celebrating Scotland’s best managed green and blue spaces
- Taking small steps towards a more sustainable future
- Caring for our planet
- Football’s Power to Combat Climate Change
- Our work on the COP26 Youth Climate Programme
- What’s litter got to do with climate change?
- Scotland’s Climate Festival kicks off in Falkirk
- Responsible Tourism – an opportunity not to be missed
- Climate Change Vlog by Dalry Primary School
- Failing our future?
- Our Week of Climate Action
- #ScotClimateWeek - our impacts and actions
- Protecting the sand and sea
- Another fine mess – part one
- Designing a lower carbon Scotland
- Getting to know... Lisa Snedden
- Combating climate change with information, education and training
- Litter picking 500 miles was always Gonna Be easy
- 7K for 7 Flags Challenge
- Littering less at St Joseph's Primary School in Glasgow
- Smashing litter picking targets during an unexpected stay in Scotland
- Keeping our communities beautiful
- Designing a pocket garden
- Getting to know... Nicola Smith
- East Haven Together
- It’s time to litter-ly turn anger into action
- Working in partnership to give communities a helping hand to clean up Scotland
- Why Beautiful Scotland is important to Lauder in Bloom
- We can all be climate ready
- Climate Ready Classrooms at Speyside High School
- Taking part in It's Your Neighbourhood
- Bags of opportunity for good
- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- Lucky to live here
- A year of opportunity ahead
It’s Volunteers’ Week and we want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to the incredible people who volunteer their time to directly support our work to combat climate change, tackle litter and improve and enhance our country.
In my role as lead for our Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood initiatives, I have the real privilege of working with a group of individuals who give their time freely to support over 200 groups across the country who are cleaning, greening and making their places sustainable and beautiful for residents and visitors (human and natural) to enjoy. Attending training courses, offering mentor support, writing articles for the newsletter, presenting at online Q&A sessions, organising judging and assessing tours, touring the country on visits, writing reports….this is just a snapshot of what their role involves and which we just couldn’t run the initiatives without. You can find out about our judges here and our assessors here.
We also have volunteers involved in the running of our Green Flag Award for Parks and our Beach Awards, and again, we couldn’t provide the support we do to local authorities and groups entering these awards without their time and expertise.
Lastly, but by no means least, we have a talented bunch of volunteers supporting our work at a strategic level – our Charity Trustee’s – who ensure that Keep Scotland Beautiful is steered in the right direction and can keep providing the vital support, resources, and recognition that the people, groups, organisations we work with so deserve.
So, thank you – you’re all amazing and we love working with you.
A few of our volunteers have shared why they volunteer their time to support us and some of their favourite places/activities:
“I became an assessor to share my love of gardening and all things horticulture. I get the opportunity to visit a range of amazing projects, often discovering hidden gems on my own doorstep!"
Linda Evans, It’s Your Neighbourhood assessor
I became a Green Flag judge with the aim of hopefully expanding my knowledge and experience within parks and open spaces across Scotland which I felt would be beneficial in my working and personal life. Having been judging for a number of years, I have been extremely lucky to visit a number of stunning sites including parks, country parks, cemeteries and allotments in Scotland and England, meeting a host of dedicated staff and volunteers and gaining insights into how similar issues are dealt with in different places along the way.
“Initially I was fortunate to be supported in this by my employer, Aberdeenshire Council and by my wife who was adamant that I should find something to do when I retired (which I did 2 years ago)!
“Judging Green Flag Parks has allowed me to visit sites that I knew as a child and visit sites that I had never heard of and would probably not have visited otherwise. I have also met very knowledgeable and interesting co–judges from different work backgrounds and support from Keep Scotland Beautiful is only a phone call or email away. Judging has been a privilege and a pleasure that I hope to carry on for a long time.”
Iain Thomson, Green Flag judge
I have been volunteering for KSB for about 10 years now and helping with the assessments for the Beach Awards has become the highlight of my Summer. What could be better than visiting some of the nicest beaches in Scotland.
“By carrying out the assessments you learn to look at the beaches more critically and to appreciate the hard work of the beach managers and local volunteers who look after the beaches all year round. This role gives you an opportunity to highlight good practice and to suggest improvements at some beaches so that the visitor experience meets their expectations. It is always rewarding if you return to a beach the following year and a suggestion you have made has been implemented, it makes you feel you have made a difference.”
Alex Macgregor, Beach Assessor
I feel extremely honoured to be able to work with the great team at KSB, that includes the employees, fellow Trustees and the many volunteers, who all seek to make a difference and help deliver our vision - Scotland is clean, green and sustainable.
“We are fortunate to live in an amazing country and working with KSB I truly hope that I can make a positive contribution and support our mission - to change behaviour to improve the quality of people’s lives, their wellbeing and the places that they care for.”
Stuart McKill, Charity Trustee
It's not just our official volunteers we’d like to thank, it is the thousands of supporters of our work across Scotland – all of you volunteering your time to get involved in our activities and programmes, from the ongoing Clean Up Scotland’s Summer Clean, to Canal College, to those giving up their time to support community climate action.
Keep an eye on our social media channels (@KSBScotland) during Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) for posts thanking our volunteers and also all of our supporters across Scotland who give up their time to keep Scotland beautiful - making our country better for us and for our planet.