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Scottish entrants recognised by RHS as community gardening superstars

Aberdeen Communities Together and The People's Project (Dumfries) have been announced as outstanding entries by The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in its inaugural RHS Community Awards which this year celebrates groups navigating the pandemic to support, engage and transform their local areas.

The new virtual competition was introduced this year when the charity’s annual RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals had to be postponed, and a number of Beautiful Scotland entrants from Scotland were nominated by us to take part.

There were 117 entries representing all regions across the UK entered into one of five categories.

Aberdeen Communities Together was recognised in the Green Solutions category for tackling environmental challenges such as climate change, air pollution and flooding. And The People’s Project (Dumfries) was recognised in the Nature-friendly Gardening category for creating habitats and using wildlife-friendly gardening practices.

RHS Community Development Manager Kay Clark said: “We were delighted to see so many projects put forward for the inaugural RHS Community Awards and the Outstanding Entries show community gardening as its very best. Considering the difficulties of the past 18 months the level of engagement and achievement has been astonishing.

 “Community gardening has moved way beyond traditional eye-catching floral displays. Groups are driven by social and environmental purposes, and set out to make a tangible difference in their communities. Whether it be supporting wildlife, regenerating neighbourhoods, helping communities access nutritious food, mitigating the impact of climate change, or simply bringing people together; community gardeners are having a significant impact on the liveability of their local area.”

Barry Fisher, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful said, “I’d like to say a massive congratulations to Aberdeen Communities Together and The People's Project and a big thank you on behalf of Keep Scotland Beautiful to all the five Scottish groups which accepted our nomination to the RHS Community Awards, and for working tirelessly through these difficult and challenging times.

“Never before have good quality, clean and green spaces been so important to our economy and our own personal health and wellbeing. The groups with their hard-working volunteers, make our neighbourhoods, our cities, towns and villages, indeed our country so much better for the efforts they put in.  They all go that extra mile to pull their communities together through horticulture, to make their places climate and nature friendly and, of course, have fun along the way. We are so proud of all the nominees achieve.”

The RHS Community Awards will return in 2022, and will be open to a wider range of community groups. The Britain in Bloom UK Finals will also return in 2022. Further information on both competitions will be announced by the RHS in due course.

For more information about the RHS Community Awards visit: and for more information about community gardening, including how to get involved, visit: https://www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/community-gardening.

08 October 2021

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