- 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
- 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
People come to Scotland to see our majestic environment, immerse themselves in our heritage and culture, and be inspired by our wildlife. Our beautiful country has a lot to offer. This blog from our Environment and Place Services Manager, Katie Murray, tells us how we at Keep Scotland Beautiful are proud to support businesses, land managers and communities making Scotland the destination it is, to ensure their contribution is clean, green and sustainable.
Recent research from VisitScotland, looking at how people choose where they visit, highlighted that those aged 45 and under were likely to say ‘to connect with nature and the outdoors’.
Scotland is an emotive destination. It is a country that helps people get away from it all, providing a contrast to the hum-drum of everyday life, a real change of environment.
Those that spend time in nature feel in awe of it, learn to appreciate it and foster a desire to protect it.
It’s not hard to guess why people want to visit our country, nor is it hard to understand why so many Scottish people also choose to take their precious holidays here.
However, it is perhaps more difficult to appreciate the effort that goes into maximising Scotland’s potential.
Set against a Climate Emergency, a litter crisis and the challenges of cost of living rises and a post pandemic and Brexit world, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Scotland was up against it when it comes to green tourism.
But, you’d be wrong.
We are lucky to work with people across the country driving environmental management standards up, from council staff, to community volunteers and businesses - all striving to do the right thing for Scotland and our planet.
This year we celebrated 30 years of excellent beach management at St Andrews West Sands and Gullane Bents. Both beaches are flagship destinations for Scotland’s Beach Awards – the only independently verified accreditation for beach managers in Scotland. Beach awards are a way of raising standards and managing people and nature together, and they contribute positively to local economies.
We also annually present parks with the international Green Flag Award, a framework supporting managers and communities to manage and promote their parks and open spaces.
Our awards help managers celebrate success, publicise appropriate behaviours and generate a sense of civic pride.
In 2021, we added to our portfolio of accreditation schemes the International Green Key, helping hospitality businesses secure environmental improvements and cost savings.
As the hospitality sector rebuilds after Covid-19, we have been supporting hotels and visitor attractions towards a green recovery by providing a framework for continual environmental improvement. The first hotel to be awarded was Radisson Red in Glasgow adjacent to the COP26 venue.
Excitingly we are offering a £500 discount for ten small businesses on their first years’ Green Key membership fee.
Often good management goes unnoticed. But, we believe that by recognising and celebrating the best managed beaches, parks and hospitality venues through our awards, we can keep Scotland beautiful for everyone to enjoy.
If you know of a park, beach or hospitality business that goes above and beyond and deserves a big cheer, please get in touch.
Let’s keep Scotland beautiful for us all.