- 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
- 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
With the year coming to an end and preparations for 2023 already well underway, Barry Fisher, our CEO, reflects on a busy 2022 at Keep Scotland Beautiful.
As we begin to unwind and look forward to the festive period, I’ve been reflecting on what a successful and encouraging year we have had at Keep Scotland Beautiful – thanks to our many supporters and partners.
We recently honoured 187 groups from across Scotland at the Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood Annual Seminar. All these community groups have shown incredible determination in their efforts to clean up and beautify their neighbourhoods and I cannot thank them enough for all their inspiring work.
However, as highlighted in ‘Time for a new approach: tackling the litter emergency’, our update report on Scotland’s growing litter problem, we still have so much work to do.
Our report found that 87% of respondents indicated that litter remains an issue of significant concern. We are making strides to tackle this issue through initiatives such as our partnership with behaviour change app LitterLotto, which has already seen seven Scottish winners win a share of more than £1,500 for simply binning their litter.
It is through innovative ideas such as these that we can encourage people to change their habits and play their part in keeping Scotland beautiful.
Education continues to remain a key focus for Keep Scotland Beautiful and I’m delighted that we have 55 schools from across the country set to take part in our pilot of the international Learning about Forests programme (LEAF) in January 2023 as part of our Climate Action Schools framework.
By promoting and expanding outdoor education with nature for young people, we hope it will provide a platform for them to learn more about tackling the climate and nature emergency. I had the privilege of presenting pupils from Reston Primary School with an award for being our November Clean Up Scotland Heroes of the Month. Their fantastic efforts in designing a sticker for bins to deter littering was inspiring and proved that age is no barrier when it comes to caring about our environment.
Our Live Lessons were once again a huge success, with more than 40,000 pupils taking part in lessons on topics such as litter, water and biodiversity. During Scotland’s Climate Week we had 16,000 pupils participate in our Live Lessons, a wonderful number and another clear indication that our young people are taking an interest in the environment around them.
In 2022 we participated in Dandelion, the major creative programme that has reached across Scotland encouraging people to ‘sow, grow and share’ food, music and ideas. Across a six month period we enabled more than 89,000 pupils, across 468 schools, to take part in a STEM project. A huge success, pupils planted their own crop, which included sowing 258,000 potatoes in 2,000 tonnes of specially made growing mix. Schools and education establishments were gifted 131 Dandelion growing cubes and more than 3,000 pupils took part in a live digital music lesson where they learned Scots songs relating to Harvest
Our Climate Emergency Training has also gone from strength to strength. In the past year 1,960 people have become accredited, pledging more than 3,900 actions with our support, helping Scotland to reach its net-zero target by 2045. Carbon reduction has never been more urgent and it’s clear that all of us as individuals, organisations and communities need to turn talking into taking action.
2022 was also an anniversary year for us as we celebrated 30 years of award-winning beaches in Scotland, with 53 beaches receiving Beach Awards this year. East Lothian’s Gullane Bents and St Andrews West Sands in Fife were the first two beaches to win awards and it’s a reflection of their continued efforts that they have consistently achieved the award since then. We also presented 85 parks and green spaces across Scotland with a Green Flag Award, another remarkable achievement and a fine celebration of our open spaces.
Our efforts to clean up Scotland have also been shared across the world. In 2021 we established a partnership with Keep New Zealand Beautiful and saw our award-winning Upstream Battle campaign be reframed and launched in New Zealand, while our pioneering Climate Ready Classrooms accredited training course was also adapted to help students in New Zealand become climate ready. We remain committed and focused to keep Scotland beautiful, however; it is a testament to the work of our team when their work is shared on the global stage. The issues we are facing are impacting the entire planet and by acting locally we can think globally.
The Scottish Litter Survey, published in November, highlighted that 50% of people believed that overall litter levels have stayed the same in the last 12 months. It is figures like these that show our work is far from done and our plans for 2023 are well underway. We will be trialling a reusable cup scheme around the NC500 route to encourage people to choose reusable over single use while our Campaigns team are gearing up for our Spring Clean which will take place from 17 March to 17 April.
As the year draws to a close, I would like to personally thank individuals, communities, businesses, schools and other organisations who have made an effort, no matter how big or small, to help us keep Scotland beautiful. I would also like to thank the brilliant team here at Keep Scotland Beautiful who remain totally committed to supporting everyone to take positive action for the environment.
Through collaboration and a shared goal we can achieve our vision of a clean, green and sustainable Scotland. We are looking forward to working together to tackle the litter, climate and nature emergencies. Have a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful New Year.