Beautiful Scotland and It's Your Neighbourhood now open for entries

We are currently looking for groups across Scotland to get involved in these two wonderful campaigns! They provide the opportunity to celebrate the efforts of local groups who come together to deliver environmental improvements and enhance their local areas.

The initiatives, which are run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), provide the opportunity for communities to access support, encouragement and national recognition for their hard work through the year. This year’s theme of “Intergenerational working” will bring people of all ages together to clean up and green up the places they live in and care for and build pride in their local areas.

Derek Robertson, our chief executive, said: “We were overwhelmed with the efforts of our It's Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland volunteers in 2018. Everyone involved had such enthusiasm and drive, helping to deliver significant improvements in their local areas and bringing forward a range of environmental and social benefits.

“I hope that in 2019 everyone will consider taking part. It is a great way to get involved locally and demonstrate commitment to your community.”

One of our Beautiful Scotland groups said, “Taking part presents our village with a unique opportunity to do something that future generations will look back on and hopefully be inspired by. We also hope to inspire other communities to believe that they can also make a difference no matter what their starting point.”

One of our It’s Your Neighbourhood groups added: “It gives our group a sense of purpose and widens awareness locally of what the community garden is for. It gives value to volunteers, celebrates their achievements and is also a source of advice.”

Beautiful Scotland celebrates and supports the efforts of entire villages, towns, cities, Business Improvement Districts and communities across Scotland. It has an extensive set of categories and awards, with judging focused on the core areas of horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation. This year, the Beautiful Scotland criteria have changed to to better reflect the importance of community engagement and environmental stewardship, alongside horticultural efforts.

Smaller scale projects are encouraged to enter the non-competitive It's Your Neighbourhood campaign, where community allotments, friends of park groups, after-school clubs and community gardens can take part and receive ongoing support and recognition.

18 March 2019

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