Scotland’s charity for the environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful, recognised the work of Kincardine O’Neil in Bloom with a green accolade at an awards ceremony in the Stirling Albert Halls.
Aimed at community groups making environmental improvements, the non-competitive It’s Your Neighbourhood programme, gives support and recognition to those cleaning up and greening up their immediate local areas; from the street they live in, to a patch of communal land, or a shared outdoor space.
George Anderson, BBC Beechgrove Garden Presenter and Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood Advisory Group Member announced that Kincardine O’Neil in Bloom had achieved the top level of achievement – an Outstanding certificate.
The scheme attracts the interest of hundreds of volunteers who commit thousands of hours to looking after their communities on a voluntary basis each year.
A total of 105 groups were visited during the summer by volunteer advisors so that the three themes - community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement – could be discussed and assistance offered.
George Anderson said, “It has been wonderful to present certificates to volunteers from across Scotland in recognition of all the endless hours they have committed to ensure that visitors and local community members are able to enjoy colourful and sustainable surroundings. The work of the groups is tremendous, from creating bountiful community allotments, to improving school grounds, and creating new wildlife habitats; the variety of environmental activities is inspiring”.