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Celebrating climate and nature friendly neighbourhoods

11 November 2021

Over 200 community groups from across Scotland have been recognised for their efforts to keep Scotland beautiful - supporting and enhancing their local communities, for the climate and for nature. 

At a virtual 2021 Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood Seminar and celebration event, 202 It’s Your Neighbourhood entrants were congratulated for their efforts with a certificate of achievement or recognition, with 65 receiving a Certificate of Distinction for continuous improvement over the years.  A number of special awards were also announced.

Catherine Gee, our Deputy CEO said, “With the world’s biggest and most important climate change conference to date taking place in Glasgow this week, it is brilliant to be celebrating the work of communities across Scotland who are taking action now. 

“We know that across Scotland people are committed to improving and enhancing the places that they care about.  And, through the It’s Your Neighbourhood entrants we hear of people doing their bit to understand their own greenhouse emissions and to support nature in the places they care about.  These people are making a real difference and I would like to thank them for inspiring us every day.”

This year, three NatureScot It’s Your Neighbourhood Pollinator Friends Awards were presented at the seminar by Jim Jeffrey, Pollinator Strategy Manager at NatureScot.  The winners were:

In addition, five RHS Discretionary Awards were also presented.  The following categories were won by:

  • Gardening in a changing climate – Forth Eco Site - It’s Your Neighbourhood entrant, South Lanarkshire
  • Growing communities – Bonnie Dundee - Beautiful Scotland entrant - Dundee
  • Parks and greenspaces – Abernethy in Bloom – Beautiful Scotland entrant – Perth & Kinross
  • Wild about gardens – Lauder in Bloom – Beautiful Scotland entrant – Scottish Borders AND The People’s Project – Beautiful Scotland entrant – Dumfries & Galloway
  • Children and young people – Organic Growers of Fairlie – It’s Your Neighbourhood entrant – North Ayrshire

The annual seminar celebrated everything that the entrants, from 30 local authority areas, have achieved in their communities to combat climate change and support biodiversity. Entrants have also worked to enhance their neighbourhoods, involve the community, and improve areas through gardening and horticulture while tackling litter and other environmental quality challenges. Speakers included representatives from various entrants from across Scotland, sharing their inspiring stories and delegates also heard about the exciting opportunity to get involved with Scotland’s Climate Festival.

It’s Your Neighbourhood entrants were visited by one of 23 trained volunteer assessors who provide their support, expertise and guidance through the It’s Your Neighbourhood framework which is a part of the UK-wide RHS Britain in Bloom campaign. 

Jim Jeffrey, Pollinator Strategy Manager with NatureScot, who announced the NatureScot awards at the seminar said: “Once again the Keep Scotland Beautiful Pollinator Friendly Award has attracted a host of interesting entries.  The standard just gets better each year.

“Making space for nature, as we face up to the twin threat of climate change and biodiversity loss, has never been more important, and each of the community groups in this category have impressed with the range of actions they are taking.

“The winning project was one of a number of great examples showing how working together we can help pollinators, whilst making our communities and green spaces more appealing, and fantastic places to spend time in.”

RHS Community Development Manager Kay Clark said: Community gardening groups are showing that, through their work, they can bring communities together, transform outdoor spaces and work in support of wildlife and the local environment. They are showing that gardening has a role to play in addressing the challenges that we collectively face and that is every reason to celebrate.”

If you would like to join the #OurBloom family, gain access to support and advice, and help us to keep Scotland beautiful, online registration for 2022 will open in mid-January.

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