Falkirk community campaigner receives environmental hero award
A recent graduate from the University of Aberdeen has received the prestigious Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award in recognition of her continued commitment to the local group - Community Green Initiative (CGI) . The award is part of the national Clean Up Scotland campaign, organised by environmental charity, Keep Scotland
Rachel McNeil, a long standing volunteer of Denny & Dunipace based Community Green Initiative, was nominated for the award in recognition of her continued commitment to the group - which is celebrating its ten year anniversary. Rachel has been with the group for the whole ten years, as a school volunteer, university student and lastly, following graduation, as a member of the group’s management committee. Rachel was the coordinator of the group’s very successful Wildlife Monitoring Project which captured on film the first officially recorded pine marten in Falkirk District. She is also an active volunteer locally and across Falkirk District working with the Outdoor Rangers and the Forestry Commission.
Rachel McNeil commented:
“I really am delighted to receive the Clean Up Scotland Hero of the Month Award. I am very passionate about Falkirk District’s green spaces and Community Green Initiative
has been an excellent group to foster my care for the environment. I hate to see the beauty of our local areas and our diverse natural habitats spoiled by waste and disinterest and plan to continue raising awareness and caring for them for decades yet. I truly believe that Community Green Initiative has made significant progress in helping to protect our local environment, encouraging wider participation from the local community and empowering people to be positive about our outdoor space. I would encourage anyone who cares bout Falkirk District to check out the Community Green Initiative and learn more about how you can easily get involved.”
Jean Weir, on behalf of Community Green Initiative , commented:
“Rachel’s hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to Community Green Initiative makes her deserving of the Hero of the Month Award. Rachel is a longstanding volunteer, and it is therefore very fitting that in 2018 we celebrate our own ten year anniversary and Rachel’s. We look forward to continuing our work together to help protect green spaces, raise further awareness of our local environmental issues and involve as many of the localcommunity as possible in protecting our much loved outdoor spaces.”
Rachel was presented with the award at Herbertshire Castle Park . The award is supported by The Helping Hand Company who provide each Hero with a Clean Up kit -
including a new Scottish litter picker and handy hoop.
Lindsay Richmond-Kearns, Communities Manager at Helping Hand Environmental, which provides a Clean Up kit to each monthly hero commented:
“We are delighted to help present Rachel with this award. Her commitment to Community Green Initiative orver the last 10 years is commendable. It’s great to see young people actively get involved in community improvement in Falkirk”
Heather McLaughlin, Community Project Officer with Keep Scotland Beautiful also presented the award. She said:
“I would like to congratulate Rachel, and all of the group members, for their efforts in helping to preserve, enhance and maintain the greenspaces of Falkirk District . In ten
years the group has gone from strength to strength. Last year the group was presented with an Outstanding It’s Your Neighbourhood award for all the hard work they put in across Falkirk.
Keep Scotland Beautiful recognises that there are volunteers all across Scotland like Rachel, who are working very hard to clean up and green up their local area. Clean Up Scotland helps to support their efforts as well as recognising the contributions made by individuals with our Hero of the Month award.”
If you know a litter picking Hero find out how to nominate them on our page.
29 May 2018