Brighter Bervie is a constituted, community volunteer group with a mission to brighten-up Inverbervie and its surroundings, mainly by establishing and maintaining garden sites and street planters in the ancient Royal Burgh for the benefit of residents and visitors. The group partners with other local groups, organisations and agencies involving people of all ages, to share the therapeutic benefits and enjoyment of gardening and caring for the natural environment.
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.