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RHS Discretionary Award Winners 2021

18 November 2021

Last week we had the honour of hosting our annual summit celebrating climate and nature friendly neighbourhoods where over 200 communities received awards including six communities who received RHS Discretionary Awards.

The RHS Discretionary awards are awarded by Keep Scotland Beautiful at the Scottish level of the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign, and were open to groups taking part in our  It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland programmes.

The 2021 winners were:

  • The People's Project – Dumfries (Dumfries and Galloway)and Lauder in Bloom (Scottish Borders), joint winners of the RHS Discretionary ‘Wild about Gardens’ Award.
  • Forth Eco Site in South Lanarkshire, winners of the RHS Discretionary ‘Gardening in a Changing Climate’ Award.
  • Abernethy in Bloom in Perth & Kinross, winners of the RHS Discretionary ‘Parks and Greenspaces’ Award.
  • Bonnie Dundee, winners of the RHS Discretionary ‘Growing Communities’ Award.
  • Organic Growers of Fairlie in North Ayrshire, winners of the RHS Discretionary ‘Involving Children and Young People’ Award.

Some of the entrants’ activities included, among others, planting herbs for anyone to enjoy, pollinator friendly planting, educating on climate friendly gardening, growing produce, handing out potato growing kits, making seed bombs with local children, reducing or avoiding pesticides, making their own compost and handing out Doorstep Pollinator Pots to the community.

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.”

These awards and the winning entries demonstrate that gardening can have countless benefits including protecting and enhancing the places we care for, bringing communities together in cross-generational activities, protecting nature, tackling climate change and biodiversity loss and instilling pride in local residents. 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.

To find out more about joining the It’s Your Neighbourhood or Beautiful Scotland programmes please see our web pages It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland.


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