145 community groups clean up at environmental awards
The awards were presented at a ceremony in Stirling, attended by more than 200 people, where Scottish groups were recognised for their hard work to improve their neighbourhood - from cleaning up green spaces and forming planting partnerships, to actively engaging the whole community and encouraging further participation in their activities.
The 2018 It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative supported 145 projects from across the country and 40 entrants received a prestigious Certificate of Distinction. Take a look to see which certificate each of the groups were presented with.
Dr Lindsay Montgomery, Chairman, Board of Charity Trustees, at Keep Scotland Beautiful commented:
“I would like to congratulate all of the 2018 It’s Your Neighbourhood groups. Their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment has helped to deliver significant local environmental improvements across the country.
“Local environmental quality standards across Scotland continue to decline at an alarming rate. Local action from volunteers across Scotland, such as those involved in It’s Your Neighbourhood, goes a long way in helping to address this problem.
“Every single community group recognised at these awards has played a vital role in helping to create more vibrant communities Scotland-wide. They have made a significant difference to neighbourhoods the length and breadth of the country, and for that I would like to offer my congratulations.”
In 2018, five new Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom discretionary awards were introduced. The discretionary awards were presented to:
- Gardening in a Changing Climate: Bonnie Blantyre, South Lanarkshire
- Growing Communities: Brighter Bervie, Aberdeenshire
- Parks & Green Spaces: Joint winners: Lanark in Bloom, South Lanarkshire (Beautiful Scotland Group); Friends of Starbank Park, City of Edinburgh (It’s Your Neighbourhood group)
- Wild About Gardens: Lauder in Bloom, Scottish Borders (Beautiful Scotland group)
- Involving Children and Young People: Joint winners:
- Grow Your Own Way, Renfrewshire
- Shiell St and Queen St Community Gardens, Dundee City
In partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage, a new annual Pollinator Friendly Award was also presented for the first time. This was received by Inverclydebuzz, a volunteer group responsible for creating the ambitious Inverclyde Pollinator Corridor Project which renews derelict spaces in the local area with wildflowers, making them more attractive and forming a forage ‘corridor’ for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Scottish Natural Heritage Chair Mike Cantlay said:
“We are delighted to support this new award and congratulate Inverclydebuzz on their success, as well as all of the entrants for their fantastic work.
“Species such as bees, hoverflies and butterflies are a vital part of our biodiversity and a much-loved sight for many, but our wild pollinators are faced with many pressures including the loss and fragmentation of their precious habitats.
“That is why projects such as these are so important in ensuring a brighter future for our pollinators as well as creating more beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy and connect with nature.”
31 October 2018