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National recognition for Beautiful Scotland entrants

23 September 2021

Groups from across Scotland have been recognised at a virtual 2021 Beautiful Scotland celebration and award ceremony for all they do to make our country more climate and nature friendly.

Almost 50 entrants from 17 local authority areas were congratulated for their efforts to support and enhance their local communities, for the climate and for nature.  The event included virtual tours for attendants to take, a presentation from Stonehaven Horizon Project about their experiences and what taking part has meant to the group members and to the town, and the presentation of 13 Discretionary Awards.

The 22 entrants that took part in a new non-judged category all received a Certificate of Recognition, while 27 entrants received Certificates (bronze-gold) and were able to nominate themselves for one of 13 discretionary awards.

Many community cleaning and greening activities were curtailed during the pandemic and our team of 14 volunteer judges were delighted to visit some of the inspiring groups across Scotland this summer after missing the judging tour in 2020.  This year, we offered entrants the opportunity to take part in either a judged, or a non-judged category.  This enabled us to ensure that we could offer support through a wealth of online resources, networking and online events, whether or not they entered the competition.  

Run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Beautiful Scotland provides the opportunity for volunteers and groups to gain recognition for their efforts to protect and enhance their local places.

With 2021 being a big year for action on climate change and protecting biodiversity, the optional theme was ‘climate and nature friendly’ and all groups that registered to participate received free pollinator-friendly seeds to help create blooming beautiful and #BeeDiverse places.

All competition entrants developed new ways of ensuring that the places they care about were looked after under the three pillars of community participation, environmental responsibility and horticultural achievement.

Barry Fisher, our Chief Executive said, “We’re facing a climate and nature emergency, but we know that communities across Scotland have been working tirelessly to protect and enhance their neighbourhoods, reconnecting with the environment and their communities despite the challenges lockdowns have posed.

“Beautiful Scotland provides us with such a wonderful opportunity to recognise all the voluntary work being done, and to celebrate with, and thank everyone who is keeping Scotland beautiful.” 

Kay Clark, RHS Community Development Manager said: “It is really encouraging to see community gardeners using their talents to help address the defining issue of our time and embrace planet-friendly gardening. Gardeners across Scotland are turning to novel and inspiring ways to support the environment, wildlife and ensure their local areas are attractive places to live and work.  Congratulations to them all.”

Find out more about the 2021 Beautiful Scotland entrants and award winners.

The RHS Community Awards will be announced later this autumn and five nominees were put forward by us for this from last years entrants.

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