Join national efforts to get your corner of Scotland buzzing
Community groups across Aberdeenshire are being invited by Keep Scotland Beautiful, to register and take part in the 2021 Beautiful Scotland and It's Your Neighbourhood initiatives.
Run by the charity in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the initiatives provide the opportunity for volunteers and groups to gain recognition for their efforts to protect and enhance their local places.
With 2021 being a big year for action on climate change and protecting biodiversity, the optional theme is ‘climate and nature friendly’ and all groups that register to participate will receive free pollinator-friendly seeds to help create blooming beautiful and #BeeDiverse places.
Last year the achievements of 200 groups across the country were supported and celebrated. Many of those participating in the initiatives developed new ways of ensuring that the places they care about were looked after under the three pillars of community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening/horticultural achievement.
Catherine Gee, Deputy CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming people from well-established groups, through to those just starting out, as they register for free support through the Beautiful Scotland or It’s Your Neighbourhood initiatives this year.
“As a thank you for all that volunteers are doing across the country we will send out pollinator seeds to those who register to help create an extra buzz as we collectively work to make Scotland clean, green and sustainable for nature and people.”
Tom Campbell, chairperson of Brighter Bervie which is based in Inverbervie, said: “Since we first got involved in Beautiful Scotland three years ago, we’ve benefited from mentoring / judging visits, newsletters, ongoing support from the team and, in addition last year, from online networking and celebration events and helpful Q&A sessions. I’d encourage those looking for a wee bit of support to get involved and give it a go. The Keep Scotland Beautiful team will certainly provide you with loads of help and you'll find that folk from other participating groups are very friendly and their efforts are truly inspiring”.
To widen the appeal this year, a non-judged category has been introduced for those groups who would like to take part but feel the competition element is too much for them at this time.
Registration is open until 30 April 2021 and more information can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org