Celebrating volunteers commitment to community environment

Local groups across Scotland were praised for supporting sustainability projects at our annual It’s Your Neighbourhood award ceremony and seminar yesterday.

More than 160 groups from across Scotland were recognised for their commitment to improving their local neighbourhood. Community initiatives, from improving access to allotments, to implementing school wildlife clubs or adopting areas of derelict land, were all celebrated at the event.

In 2019, 175 projects were supported by our It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative, 163 were presented with a certificate and 45 received a prestigious Certificate of Distinction.

It’s Your Neighbourhood is a non-competitive initiative that places particular emphasis on community participation. It is run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society

For the second year running, four Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom discretionary awards were presented. These were received by: 

  • Involving Children and Young People - The Maxwell Centre (Dundee City). 
  • Wild About Gardens - Milngavie in Bloom – Allander Road Garden Group (East Dunbartonshire).
  • Growing Communities - Bonnie Dundee (Dundee City). 
  • Parks and Green Spaces - Barrmill Conservation Group (North Ayrshire). 

In partnership with Scottish National Heritage, the Pollinator Friendly Award was also presented to two joint winners, the Organic Growers of Fairlie in North Ayrshire and Growing Matters at Gilmerton House Kitchen Garden in East Lothian. This recognised their activities to help stop and reverse the decline in pollinator numbers.

It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative acknowledges efforts by presenting graded certificates based on the group's own merits - although not on a competitive basis. The level of achievement is determined by how the entrant group has performed in terms of community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.

Our Communities and Place Manager Katie Murray commented: “Every It’s Your Neighbourhood participant deserves this recognition for their hard work and determination to improve their own community. By volunteering their own time your 2019 groups they have managed to support hundreds of environmental initiatives across Scotland. 

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the groups involved. I hope that their enthusiasm inspires many more people to take part in helping to improve their local community in 2020.” 

A full list of 2019 groups and certificates awarded can be found here. All photos from the evening can now be viewed on our Facebook page.

Find how to get involved in next year’s It’s Your Neighbourhood.

31 October 2019

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