Prestigious environmental recognition for 142 projects

Individuals from projects from across Scotland were recognised for running successful community initiatives as part of It's Your Neighbourhood at our annual seminar.

At the annual Beautiful Scotland and It's Your Neighbourhood Seminar, representatives from many of the 142 projects gathered to collect their accolade and celebrate their continued community participation, commitment to their environment and local gardening achievements.

The seminar, held at the Albert Hall in Stirling was attended by more than 200 people, where groups were recognised for their efforts in cleaning up and making their home community more beautiful. The 2017 It's Your Neighbourhood initiative supported 142 projects from across Scotland, 33 of which were new entrants, and 32 entrants received the prestigious Certificate of Distinction.

Dr Lindsay Montgomery, Chairman, Board of Charity Trustees, at Keep Scotland Beautiful commented:

“I would like to congratulate all of the 2017 It's Your Neighbourhood participants. Their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment has helped to improve local environments Scotland-wide, and for which I thank them on behalf of the charity.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful recently reported that local environmental quality standards across Scotland have reached their lowest point in a decade. Local action, such as the hard work of It's Your Neighbourhood volunteers, goes a long way in helping to tackle the problem.

“These awards celebrate community efforts to improve environments throughout Scotland. Every single volunteer has helped towards creating more vibrant communities and protecting our precious local spaces - making a significant difference to neighbourhoods the length and breadth of the country.”

The It's Your Neighbourhood campaign is run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Andrea Van-Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach said: “Well done to all the Scottish It’s Your Neighbourhood groups who have given up their time to improve their local areas for residents and visitors alike. Between them, they make a huge contribution to keeping Scotland clean, green and beautiful.  With almost 1,900 groups across the UK involved in It’s Your Neighbourhood, part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s wider Britain in Bloom campaign, the impact they have on transforming our villages, towns and cities is enormous.”

The campaign acknowledges efforts by presenting graded certificates based on the group's own merits - rather than in comparison to others. The level of achievement is determined on how the entrant group has performed in terms of community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.

If you are interested in registering your project for 2018 find out more here.

25 October 2017

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