Why join the family of It’s Your Neighbourhood?
A blog post by Catherine Lawson
- 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
- 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
Bonnie Dundee IYN has been a member of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) initiative for over 10 years and we would encourage every group, however small, to join in too. The IYN ‘family’ is full of like-minded people who want to make a difference and enhance their local environment for both residents and visitors alike, plus are all full of great ideas and inspiration.
As a group we plant and maintain 38 planters of various sizes and two garden areas in the centre of Dundee and our work feeds into the city’s wider Beautiful Scotland entry. Over the years we have benefited from the invaluable support, advice, promotion, and resources on offer from Keep Scotland Beautiful, even the smallest queries are answered (thank you Juliette Camburn!). We also have a good relationship with Dundee City Council who help with support, advice, publicity to raise our profile, and practical things like compost. So, we’d encourage all groups to make the most of Keep Scotland Beautiful and any support available from their local council, to help develop their project and reach more people in the local community.
Providing plants, seeds, compost, etc. always involves a cost, but KSB’s newsletters and Zoom sessions are a great way to find out about funding sources and grants, how to fill in the forms if help is needed, and share fundraising ideas such as plant sales, donation buckets, or events. It is so helpful to know about tried and tested methods used by other groups. Also, being linked to a Keep Scotland Beautiful initiative helps add weight to grant applications and asking for donations.
We feel, being part of IYN provides us with extra enthusiasm and sense of purpose, as well as a structure to work to. We all love gardening and being outside, but on a grey, dark, damp morning it would be easy to stay in bed, but the purpose and sense of community provides the push that’s needed! IYN membership opens a whole new world with online bulletins, Q&A sessions, meetings, and access to all Scotland’s groups via social media or meeting in person at the annual award ceremony in Stirling, although this has been virtual during the pandemic. It also helps us link up with other IYN groups in our area to share ideas, seeds, bulbs, and even volunteers when there is a bigger task to get done.
Each year Keep Scotland Beautiful suggests an optional theme which is open to interpretation, some groups always manage something completely out of the box! The theme helps us with inspiration for our plant and colour selection and provides a common goal to work towards. Pictured is one of our planters for the Year of Coasts & Waters (one of the optional themes in 2022 and 2021), with silvery leaves depicting our ‘silvery Tay’ and blues and purples for the evening hues of the water, the yellow is always for sunshine and ‘Sunny Dundee’. As we often find new plants when researching the theme, it also increases our knowledge on which is the best plant for the job, and as we so often say . . . every day is a school day!
We’re encouraged to practice climate friendly gardening too; helpful tips and websites are provided by Keep Scotland Beautiful to make it easier, and other groups share many ideas through Keep Scotland Beautiful’s newsletters and virtual sessions. This has proved invaluable as we develop our pollinator themed projects, plant for pollinators, and ask the public to give it a go too.
We’re also encouraged to take part in other initiatives e.g. organising litter picks which we do in our local area and we’ll be supporting Spring Clean 2022 this year.
IYN groups are visited by an experienced volunteer assessor each year, we usually aim for mid-August, but don’t be put off by this as it’s a friendly visit and all the assessors are lovely! It’s an opportunity to show what we have achieved and what worked well, discuss difficulties we have had, and in turn receive suggestions, ideas, and helpful advice from experts. Every group receives a certificate and feedback sheet, admittedly it is nice to have recognition for all the work done throughout the year.
We also reward ourselves, with a nearby ice cream parlour coming in handy…but that reward can’t be put on display!
We engage in some lovely conversations with passers-by, when we explain how we’re part of a network of groups linked in Dundee and all across Scotland. It is rewarding to feel part of something which is happening Scotland-wide, bringing communities together, and delivering projects which are increasingly important in a changing climate.
To us, being part of the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ family is good for us, our health and well-being, the environment, residents, visitors, and the whole community, so why not give it a try too?
If you have been inspired by what Catherine has had to say why not consider registering your group for It's Your Neighbourhood. Participation is free and registration is open until 30 April 2022. If you'd like to find out more about what it involves to contact Juliette who can tell you more about what support we offer and the benefits of joining the network.