Young people

So, you’re aged between 8 and 26 and would like to know what opportunities there are to get involved in keeping Scotland beautiful… here are some of the ways you can.


Take part in Young Reporters Scotland

We’re calling for young people from across Scotland to report on an environmental problem that matters to you through our Young Reporters Scotland competition.

This is a great way to raise awareness of an environmental issue you feel strongly about whilst also gaining some great journalism experience for your CV. Plus there is the added bonus of some great prizes up for grabs!

Find out more about Young Reporters Scotland and how you can get reporting. And, don’t forget, you can report on any of the activities listed below.

Become a Clean Up Scotland Hero

Have you been doing some great work to help remove litter and waste and Clean Up your local neighbourhood? If so, you could be nominated as one of our monthly Clean Up Scotland Hero’s. We’re keen to recognise and acknowledge your hard work. Find out more about Clean Up Scotland and our Heros.

Or, if you're new to Clean Ups, find out more about how you can help improve the quality of your local neighbourhood by visiting our Clean Up Scotland pages.

Help make your local area beautiful

Do you want to get involved in beautifying your local neighbourhood?

If so, we run two horticultural and environmental improvement campaigns and registration is currently open. Find out more about our annual Beautiful Scotland competition here and see if there is a group near you that you could help out with – they would love your support! Or find out more about It’s Your Neighbourhood and where your nearest local group is.

If there isn’t a group near you, how about setting up your own?

Do you love spending time at the beach or at the park?

Did you know that we run awards programmes for beaches and parks with high environmental standards? Find out more about our Beach Award programme and our Green Flag Award programme.

If your local beach or park doesn’t have an award, why not speak to the beach or park manager and encourage them to apply? You could organise a Clean Up to support their application.

Are you concerned about the effects and impacts of climate change to our world?

On behalf of the Scottish Government, we administer a grant programme called the Climate Challenge Fund, which gives money to community groups taking local action on climate change. There are groups across Scotland working on a wide range of different projects, from bike repairs and improvements to food growing energy reduction initiatives. You can find out more about our funded groups here. Or, if you would like to get involved with your local group, have a look at our map and see who is doing what near you. The Climate Challenge Fund groups would love for you to get involved!

How about getting together with your friends and having a One Planet Picnic?

Once the weather gets better, why not organise a picnic which is good for you and good for the planet. A One Planet Picnic is a fun way of getting to know the good foods, people and places local to you and an informal way to think about food choices which are better for our planet.

There is lots of information about how to organise a One Planet Picnic on our website, as well as some great stories from people who have already organised their own.

What does a beautiful Scotland look like to YOU?

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Sustianable Development Goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and end climate change.

What problems might these goals solve by then? How can you help?

Send us a video clip telling us what you think a beautiful Scotland will look like in 2030.

  • You can send us a video at any time during the 2018 Year of Young people
  • Video clips should be no more than 30 seconds long

Send your video to info@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

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