Brighter Bervie

Brighter Bervie
Entrant Category: Large Village

The mission of the community volunteer group, Brighter Bervie, is to brighten-up this ancient Royal Burgh, mainly through the creation and maintenance of a trail of community gardens, street planters and heritage-related features.

The group actively partners with the local schools, council departments, SAMH, SISI and other organisations, so that it can involve people of all ages in healthy activities. The group enjoys participating in the likes of Gardening Scotland, Beautiful Scotland etc., and interfacing with folk from similar groups.

In 2018, Brighter Bervie won the 'RHS Scotland Award for Overcoming Adversity' - for its work on invasive species:

Inverbervie, like many coastal and riverside communities in Scotland has witnessed the slow ingress of invasive species; in this case, Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and American Mink.  In an effort to make the tackling of such issues more effective, the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) was set up within Scottish National Heritage in Winter 2017 as a four-year project.  Lottery Funding of £3.5 million has been set aside for this initiative, with the funding being held by SNH for the Local Fishery Boards. In Inverbervie, members of the community are being trained and funded to formal qualification standards. In addition, large work parties of volunteers have gathered to physically pull the Himalayan Balsam and success is already being felt.

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Tom Campbell

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