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Brighter Bervie

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Entrant Category: Large Village
2017 Medal

Silver

Silver
2017 Awards RHS Scotland Award for Overcoming Adversity

The community volunteer group, Brighter Bervie was constituted in 2013 to enhance Inverbervie's environment and community spirit, mainly through gardening projects.
The volunteers have created a number of gardens for community use and visitor enjoyment. Public art sculptures are featured on these sites which are linked by a healthy walking trail. In partnership with local schools and SAMH, fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers are being planted along the trail for people to pick and eat. The group also enters the pallet competition at Gardening Scotland. Anyone who can benefit from therapeutic gardening activity is invited to join the group.

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
01561 361350

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