Celebrating our wonderful Beautiful Scotland groups

Today would have been our annual Beautiful Scotland Awards Ceremony but, like with many events, this was sadly cancelled along with the competition element of Beautiful Scotland.

We’ve been blown away by the resilience and selflessness of our groups this year who, despite challenging circumstances, have supported their communities and made their villages, towns and cities brighter places to live and brought cheer and hope to everyone.

This afternoon, we hosted our first ever virtual celebration event, bringing together our Beautiful Scotland groups from across Scotland to share highlights and words of wisdom and to give Keep Scotland Beautiful the opportunity to say a massive thank you for everything they have done this year. [You can view recordings of the event from the following links: Part 1 and Part 2).

From helping those in need through distributing food grown on allotments; putting up rainbows and thank you displays; connecting people through social media – quizzes, messages, photos, fun videos and growing hints and tips; litter picking; planting up council areas and community gardens; sending out growing kits and getting people involved in sunflower growing competitions; creating virtual tulip and garden festivals; helping our pollinators and keeping on top of maintenance jobs such as weeding, watering, pruning, mulching, painting…community spirit across Scotland is definitely alive! You can view the 2020 Beautiful Scotland highlights here.

Many groups created virtual tours of their projects, and delegates were able to enjoy these before we held the virtual drinks reception and celebration – you can view and go on the tours here.

They were also treated to a photo display of Beautiful Scotland highlights through 2020 – you can enjoy this here.

On 12 November we will celebrate the achievements of all our Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups at a virtual seminar. Groups will also be recognised with a Certificate of Recognition from both the Royal Horticultural Society and Keep Scotland Beautiful to say thank you for coping with such difficult circumstances this year.

17 September 2020

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