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NatureScot It’s Your Neighbourhood Pollinator Friendly Award Winners

As we took part in and watched the events of COP26 unfold we were conscious that it is not just the world leaders and delegates that have a part to play in the fight against climate change. We know that communities and individuals play an integral and impactful role too, so it was fitting that in the second week of COP26 we celebrated the inspiring work of our It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland communities.

Over 200 communities received awards at the online summit celebrating climate and nature friendly neighbourhoods and three communities received NatureScot It’s Your Neighbourhood Pollinator Friendly Awards for their incredible work making the areas they care about pollinator friendly.

The winners were Yorkhill Green Spaces, Glasgow City in first place, Friends of Starbank Park, City of Edinburgh in second place and FARE Lochend Community Allotment, Glasgow City winning third place. Just some of the ideas used by the winning entrants included planting pollinator friendly plants and wildflowers, factoring in wilder long grass areas, leaving plants to grow in the hedges as a source of food for caterpillars, creating bee hotels, native hedge planting and monitoring pollinators numbers. By actively seeking to protect pollinator friendly plants, as well as considering what might encourage greater biodiversity, these communities are taking climate action, not just for their area but for the planet.

Jim Jeffrey, Pollinator Strategy Manager with NatureScot, who announced the NatureScot awards at the seminar said: “Once again the Keep Scotland Beautiful Pollinator Friendly Award has attracted a host of interesting entries. The standard just gets better each year.

“Making space for nature, as we face up to the twin threat of climate change and biodiversity loss, has never been more important, and each of the community groups in this category have impressed with the range of actions they are taking.

“The overall winning project was one of a number of great examples showing how, working together, we can help pollinators whilst making our communities and green spaces more appealing, and fantastic places to spend time in.”

Hearing about the fantastic work of these projects we remember that climate change is happening all around us and we can all help tackle it while also bringing the community together in positive ways.

To find out more about joining the It’s Your Neighbourhood or Beautiful Scotland programmes please see our web pages It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland.

17 November 2021

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