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Keep Scotland Beautiful staff recognised at Caley Awards

Juliette Camburn, one of our Community Projects Officers, recently received an award at the annual Caley Awards organised by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

The Caley Awards recognise outstanding efforts made in Scottish horticulture, and have been awarding amateurs and professionals since 1959.

Juliette was awarded a Certificate of Merit for her contribution to horticulture and gardening in Scotland. Having joined us in 2008, she is currently the project officer of our Its Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland campaigns, managing and training our volunteer assessors and judges and providing support to the hundreds of community and local authority entrants across Scotland.

She also organises the national celebration and award events for both campaigns and represents us at RHS Britain in Bloom events. Juliette also represents us on the Garden for Life Forum – a network of national environmental organisations.

Despite all her efforts to promote gardening and horticulture, Juliette admits she was not passed her parents' green-fingered genes!

She said: "When the letter about my Certificate of Merit came through from The Caley, it brought much hilarity to my family – my parents gave me a garden to look after when I was growing up but their amazing green-fingers didn’t pass on to me as my gardening skills are pretty much zero! Their love of nature and the outdoors definitely did pass on to me, which eventually led on to my job with Keep Scotland Beautiful over 10 years ago.

"Through my current role, leading on the Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood campaigns, I am in a privileged position to support, encourage and give recognition to hundreds of community groups and local authorities across Scotland who are all achieving amazing things in terms of pulling people together to clean up and green up their areas, as well as organise events to recognise those efforts."

Also recognised on the night were a number of individuals from Beautiful Scotland and Its Your Neighbourhood groups, such as Brighter Bothwell's Maurice Collins, Kate Treharne, Rosemary Oberlander from North Berwick in Bloom, Lanark in Bloom's Ernest Romer and Alan Carter of Powis Residents Group.

Juliette loves working with these groups and others across Scotland, saying, "I have an incredible pool of highly skilled and passionate volunteers who enable Its Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland to be the success they are.  I truly think I have one of the best jobs as it is such a positive role, working with inspirational people."

Details about The Caley Awards can be found here.

07 March 2019

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