Call for north-east communities to enter Beautiful Scotland awards

North-east groups have been encouraged to sign up for this year's awards
North-east groups have been encouraged to sign up for this year's awards

Community groups in the north-east have been urged to enter a national environmental competition.

Charity Keep Scotland Beautiful is calling for communities to register to take part in the 2019 Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood initiatives.

They provide the opportunity to celebrate the efforts of groups who come together to deliver environmental improvements and enhance their areas.

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We were overwhelmed with the efforts of our It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland volunteers in 2018.

“Everyone involved had such enthusiasm and drive, helping to deliver significant improvements in their local areas and bringing forward a range of environmental and social benefits.

“I hope that in 2019 everyone will consider taking part.”

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Communities from across the north-east triumphed at last year’s awards.

Inverurie’s Environmental Improvement Group stood out for the judges and won a gold medal certificate, as well as the Community Horticultural Award.

The project involved the whole community maintaining the “continuous ribbons of colour” throughout the town.

First time entrant Brighter Bervie was also presented with a silver medal and received the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) award for Overcoming Diversity, recognising the group’s initiatives to tackle invasive species such as Japanese knotweed.

Further information, including how to enter, is available at