Group cleans up at awards

Ian Mitchell of Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group accepts the award from Lindsay Montgomery CBE, Chair of the Board of Charity Trustees for Keep Scotland Beautiful
Ian Mitchell of Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group accepts the award from Lindsay Montgomery CBE, Chair of the Board of Charity Trustees for Keep Scotland Beautiful
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Keep Scotland Beautiful has presented the Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group with an award last week.

The environmental charity gave the group an ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ accolade to recognise their tireless efforts in improving their local area.

More than 200 people gathered at the national awards ceremony in Stirling to commemorate the hard work of volunteers in helping to clean up and green up their community spaces.

In 2016, It’s Your Neighbourhood supported almost 150 projects spanning 28 of Scotland’s local authority areas.

Lindsay Montgomery CBE, Chair of the Board of Charity Trustees for Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “I would like to congratulate all of the recipients of the 2016 It’s Your Neighbourhood award and thank them for their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment.

“These awards are designed to celebrate community effort to improve local environments Scotland-wide. From litter picking to bulb planting - all of these activities help to create vibrant communities, nurture respect for local places and improve wellbeing.

“Year on year we are seeing the groups which participate in our community growing initiatives demonstrating a real drive and commitment towards improving local areas - as well as making a significant difference to neighbourhoods the length and breadth of Scotland.”

The It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society.

The event brought together groups from Beautiful Scotland, Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood to celebrate Keep Scotland Beautiful’s 50th year of community growing.

It’s Your Neighbourhood places particular emphasis on community participation and acknowledges efforts by presenting graded certificates based on the group’s merits.

The level of achievement is determined on how each group has performed in terms of community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.