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Brighter Bervie

Brighter Bervie
Entrant Category: Coastal Village
Category: Non-Judged

Brighter Bervie's mission is to enhance the environment in Inverbervie, to care for nature in the surrounding area and to help raise the community spirit, largely through gardening and related activities. The volunteers work in partnership with local schools and special needs groups of all ages and abilities to encourage participation and to share the therapeutic benefits of hands-on cultivation in harmony with nature.

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.

Contact Details
Tom Campbell
brighterbervie@hotmail.com
01561361350

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