Enter Beautiful Scotland

Registration for 2021 will open soon - click here to find out how we plan to run the year. Below we've outlined the support and resources we can currently offer your group (subject to change depending on Scottish Government restrictions):

Keep Scotland Beautiful support and resources

  • Support from our pool of experienced volunteer judges.
  • Regular, on-line live ‘cuppa & a catch up’ Q&A sessions, each focusing on a different topic. Previous sessions have focused on ‘keeping volunteers engaged and your group going’ and ‘support for your group’ – recordings are available. The sessions are informal and relaxed, with someone talking about a topic for around 5-10 mins (could be showing slides/video or just a chat) and then open up for your questions. We’d also love to hear from you in advance if you feel your group has something it can share.
  • We will celebrate achievements through the year e.g. through our website/social media channels/newsletter etc.
  • Certificates of Recognition
  • Annual celebration event - exclusively for Beautiful Scotland groups; a chance to go on virtual tours, get together with groups across Scotland, share highlights and celebrate your achievements. Click here to find out about last year's event.
  • Annual seminar - networking, celebrating and sharing inspiring stories. Click here to explore our 2020 online seminar.
  • Regular e-newsletter full of inspiring stories, hints, tips, information and funding links - example here.
  • We’d love groups to let everyone know through social media that they're taking part – for Facebook use @KSBScotland @rhscommunitygardening; and for Twitter use @KSBScotland @RHSBloom #BeautifulScotland #ourbloom in posts so we can react and help spread the word.
  • A web page for each group here.
  • An Beautiful Scotland logo for your use to tell everyone you’re taking part.
  • Each year we have an optional theme for groups to focus activities and events around. The themes for 2020 were the 20th anniversary of Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Year of Coasts and Waters...we will be announcing the themes for 2021 soon.

As well as the above, we have a number of resources, guidance and advice which are available to your group throughout the year. These include:

  • Our Beautiful Scotland web pages: In the ‘Enter Beautiful Scotland’ section you will find useful websites, previous annual seminar presentations and a resources page which includes promotional material, reports, case studies and entrant support documents. To find out if there are any other groups in your area, which you could get in touch with to support or to work with to ‘join-up’ activities in your community, click here.
  • The standard mark sheet outlining the three pillars of Beautiful Scotland – horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation - with details on what to focus on under each.
  • A useful document here outlining things to think about under each pillar.

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) resources

Through KSB’s membership of the RHS Bloom Federation, groups registered in Beautiful Scotland have access to support and resources from the RHS. These include:

  • Regular e-newsletter full of inspiring stories from across the UK.
  • Discounted insurance – please click here for further information.
  • Horticultural advice - free access to the RHS advice team who can answer a wide range of horticultural questions relating to your group’s activities. Simply email: advice@rhs.org.uk, quoting BiBNA in the subject line. Please note that advisors can only help with queries relating to your group’s activities.
  • Online ‘Community Resources’ – you’ll find a wealth of resources such as ‘promoting your group or project’, ‘creating a sensory garden’, through to ‘working with volunteers’. You can find the pages here.

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