- 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
- 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
- Celebrating our brilliant volunteers
- 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
Following the launch of our strategy at Dynamic Earth in September, our CEO Barry Fisher shares his hopes for the future and our goal to support and inspire action for everyone in Scotland.
Our charity has a long and very successful history, in supporting and working with communities, businesses and the public sector and in helping to achieve our shared ambitions to improve Scotland’s environment.
Over the years we’ve developed an amazing network of committed and hard-working individuals, community groups, schools and businesses across the country that do everything they can to improve the places that matter to them.
Historically we are well known for some long-standing successful activities that enable people to take action including:
- our community initiatives Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood;
- our work with children and young people through the international Eco-Schools programme;
- our national Spring Clean - the biggest national mass volunteering litter pick in Scotland;
- our high-profile awards that we present to parks, beaches and businesses; and
- the environmental training we offer across all sectors to help them become climate, nature and litter literate.
We are very proud of all these great initiatives. However, we would like to build on these and achieve much more - because there is such a pressing need to do so much more when we are facing the huge threats of climate change, biodiversity loss and a litter emergency.
This is why it has been a priority of mine to refresh our vision and mission, to place it all in our strategy. One strategy that builds on what we are good at and inspires future environmental action, by us all, to keep Scotland beautiful.
Our strategy is a positive agenda for widespread change – and we believe that everyone and every sector has a role to play in it. The scale of the challenge requires nothing less than this.
It’s based on strong and effective partnerships with organisations that seek strategic and positive change – that want to make a real difference.
At our strategy launch event we were delighted to have contributions from just some of those we work with, including The Diffley Partnership, VisitScotland, Stonehaven Horizon Project, Willowgate Activity Centre and Wallacehall Academy. All speakers offered something special – sharing why our work mattered to them, enhanced their own plans and ambitions and inspired further action.
I was inspired to hear how members of #TeamKSBScot support, amplify and enthuse these people, communities and businesses as they work to keep Scotland beautiful in their own ways.
Our stated ambitions will not be a surprise – we support Government policy and indeed the national mission to become a Net Zero Nation, to become litter free and develop a circular economy, to restore and enhance nature and biodiversity and to improve the places where people live and work.
We do this by working in genuine collaboration with partners in business and local government, and with communities themselves.
We are positive in our approach and believe that communities and organisations can make a difference by taking action and celebrating these actions and achievements.
We have the ambition to make the scale of challenges we face – and we believe that change across the whole country is possible.
We continue to be innovative in our approach – embrace the opportunities to work differently and use the knowledge and experience gained by working withpartners here and abroad.
But we will also use our own knowledge and confidence to influence others both here in Scotland and through our international network – as we have already done with our marine litter and Climate Ready Classrooms activity in New Zealand.
We are extremely proud of the work that we have done to ensure that we reach more people, more communities and more organisations to inspire them to take action – but there is now an urgent need to scale up this work and reach every community and organisation across the country that wants to take action.
For too long Keep Scotland Beautiful has only been seen as the name of our charity – we hope that our strategy will be the start of people seeing it as a national mission, one which will be achieved when we create a society that is Climate, Nature and Litter Literate and where all communities are actively engaged in environmental improvements.
Our goal is to support you and inspire action for us all to make a positive change and so our partners opinions, their hopes and their desires are pivotal to our work.
We want to do more. We want to work with you to develop new ideas, expand and improve what we know already works. Help us, support us, and together we can reach more people, more communities, and inspire more people into taking action for our environment.
Scotland is beautiful – but we cannot take it for granted.