Bonnie Dundee is a partnership of community groups, Dundee City Council, businesses, organisations and individuals who collectively aim to make Dundee a cleaner, greener and brighter place.
Dundee has a great sense of community and enthusiasm with hundreds of volunteers working hard throughout the year to improve their local environment and local communities.
Projects include the creation of floral displays, community allotments which provide growing space for local residents, helping to maintain local parks, action to tackle litter, improving biodiversity, reducing the effects of climate change, and promoting the health benefits of using our fantastic parks and greenspaces.
In 2019, Dundee City Council won the Wright Sustainability Discretionary Award: Dundee City Council is leading on a number of innovative initiatives which demonstrate best practice in sustainability, with a particular focus on the ‘environmental responsibility’ theme. Measures to support sustainable transport in the city are evident, with a strong focus on cycling. New cycleways leading into the heart of the city provide a cycle friendly network and secure bike parking at the station, and the Bike & Go scheme, all encourage residents to explore active travel options. Plans to extend this further with an e-bike hire scheme are also being considered. New electric car charging hubs have been installed in the city, again near the city’s stations, and as well as using recycled materials in their construction, these are piloting solar panels on their roofs with battery storage on site, with the potential to generate enough power to charge cars for free. The natural restoration of the dunes at Broughty Ferry is a sympathetic solution to coastal erosion and already seems to be showing improvements in the stability of the dunes. Nearby, the management of the land alongside the railway has created a local nature reserve where wildflowers are being allowed to regenerate naturally and the area is now a haven for walkers and wildlife. Elsewhere, the sowing of annual wildflower panels around the city has not only enhanced visual appearance for residents and visitors, but has evidenced significant increases in pollinator numbers, as reported by local community volunteers.