Birds, bees and trees make Scotland beautiful

We're calling for communities from across the country to register to take part in the 51st annual Beautiful Scotland awards, one of the longest running environmental improvement campaigns in Scotland.

The 2017 theme for Beautiful Scotland and It's Your Neighbourhood is 'birds, bees and trees'.

The campaigns aim to bring communities together to help deliver local environmental improvements and recognise the efforts of volunteers across Scotland as they work hard to enhance local areas. Beautiful Scotland, run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, celebrates and supports the achievements of entire villages, towns, cities, residential communities and Business Improvement Districts from across Scotland who help to improve the places they care for.

Smaller-scale projects such as community allotments, friends of parks groups, after-school clubs, and community gardens can celebrate too by entering the non-competitive It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign.

We are urging communities Scotland-wide to come together and take part in the successful initiatives which recognises the tireless efforts of volunteers to improve areas in which they live, work and play. All entrants will receive a free packet of native Scottish wildflower seeds for bees.

Last year, the overall winners in Beautiful Scotland were North Berwick in Bloom, with UK finalists coming from Uddingston, Perth, Bute, Dufftown and Aberdeen, and almost 150 groups were recognised through It’s Your Neighbourhood.  

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood give us the opportunity to reward the efforts of the amazing volunteers who work tirelessly year after year to ensure Scotland’s cities, towns, villages and local communities are maintained to excellent standards.

“Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood are an annual celebration of the outstanding achievements of thousands of volunteers who enhance the areas they live in, and are an opportunity to put their efforts in the national spotlight.”

Beautiful Scotland judge and It’s Your Neighbourhood assessor, Sandy Scott added: “I firmly believe that all the campaigns from Keep Scotland Beautiful help shape the Scotland we all know and love, but it is the communities and the people, with the drive to see a sustainable future, that are not only the most important thing, but the lifeblood of any community.”

Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach said: “Scotland has a fantastic track record of taking part in It’s Your Neighbourhood and the RHS Britain in Bloom competition and the Beautiful Scotland winners are always of the highest standard.  From small villages through to the cities, communities in Scotland truly embrace the campaign and make a huge contribution to the country’s environmental sustainability.”

Register online for Beautiful Scotland or It’s Your Neighbourhood.

23 February 2017

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