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We'd like to update you on the current situation with regard to Coronavirus (COVID 19) and the impact on this year’s It’s Your Neighbourhood programme.

The health of our volunteers, groups and staff are our priority right now. We know a lot of groups are already stopping their usual activities, with others scaling back and coming up with innovative ways to garden/carry out community actions while still taking the Scottish Government’s advice on board. With this in mind, we think it is only fair to cancel the formal assessment visit element of It’s Your Neighbourhood.

However, we would still like to encourage groups to register to keep in touch, be connected with each other and so we can celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they are.

Register here.

So, what does this mean for 2020 and for your It’s Your Neighbourhood group?

What will change in 2020

  • There will be no formal assessment visit.
  • No seminar in October (unless Scottish Government advice has changed by then)

What will carry on / what’s new for 2020

  • We will find ways to celebrate your achievements through the year e.g. through our website/social media channels etc.
  • Fortnightly, on-line live ‘cuppa & a catch up’ Q&A sessions, each focusing on a different topic. Previous sessions have focused on ‘keeping volunteers engaged and your group going’ and ‘support for your group’ – recordings are available. The sessions will be informal and relaxed, with someone talking about a topic for around 5-10 mins (could be showing slides/video or just a chat) and then open up for your questions. We’d also love to hear from you in advance if you feel your group has something it can share.
  • Weekly e-newsletter full of inspiring stories, hints, tips, information and funding links - example here. Do send any images/stories about what you’re getting up to which we can share.
  • We’d love you to let everyone know through social media that you’re taking part – for Facebook use @KSBScotland @rhscommunitygardening; and for Twitter use @KSBScotland @RHSBloom #ItsYourNeighbourhood #ourbloom in your posts so we can react and help spread the word.
  • A web page for your group here. Please do send us any text/links/an image if you would like your group’s page updated.
  • An It's Your Neighbourhood logo for your use to tell everyone you’re taking part.
  • Each year we have an optional theme. The themes for this year are the 20th anniversary of Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Year of Coasts and Waters. Can you think up creative ways to still celebrate these? If so, we would love to share anything you’re doing so do keep us posted. We’ll have an on-line vote for everyone’s favourite in October.

Keep Scotland Beautiful resources

As well as the above, we have a number of resources, guidance and advice which are available to your group throughout the year. These include:

  • Our It’s Your Neighbourhood web pages: In the ‘Enter It’s Your Neighbourhood’ section you will find useful websites, previous annual seminar presentations and a resources page which includes promotional material, reports, case studies and guidance documents such as an environmental sustainability guide to help you with your projects and advice on how to get extra support for your group. To find out if there are any other groups in your area, which you could get in touch with to support or to work with to ‘join-up’ activities in your community, click here.
  • A useful document here outlining the three pillars of It’s Your Neighbourhood – community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement – and ideas of activities and things to focus on under each.
  • A pool of experienced volunteer assessors/mentors we can put you in touch with for advice and support.

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) resources

Through KSB’s membership of the RHS Bloom Federation, groups registered in It’s Your Neighbourhood have access to support and resources from the RHS. These include:

  • Regular e-newsletter full of inspiring stories from across the UK.
  • Discounted insurance – please click here for further information.
  • Horticultural advice - free access to the RHS advice team who can answer a wide range of horticultural questions relating to your group’s activities. Simply email: advice@rhs.org.uk, quoting BiBNA in the subject line. Please note that advisors can only help with queries relating to your group’s activities.
  • Online ‘Community Resources’ – you’ll find a wealth of resources such as ‘promoting your group or project’, ‘creating a sensory garden’, through to ‘working with volunteers’. You can find the pages here.

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