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Awards celebrate climate and nature friendly achievements in Aberdeenshire


By David Porter

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Four community groups in Aberdeenshire have been recognised for their commitment to keeping Scotland beautiful

A total of over 200 community groups from across Scotland were recognised by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, for their efforts to support and enhance their local communities, for the climate and for nature.

At a virtual 2021 Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood Seminar and celebration event, four It’s Your Neighbourhood entrants from Aberdeenshire were congratulated for their efforts with a certificate of achievement, with Kincardine O'Neil in Bloom receiving a Certificate of Distinction for continuous improvement.

The Aberdeenshire entrants and their results can be found in the table below.

DAYS at Inverurie Day Centre - Advancing L3; Kincardine O'Neil in Bloom - Outstanding L5 and distinction; The Pitscurry Project (Pitcaple) - Outstanding L5 and Ury Riverside Park - Outstanding L5.

Catherine Gee, Deputy CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful said, “It is brilliant to be celebrating the work of these communities in Aberdeenshire who are taking action now.

“We know that across Scotland people are committed to improving and enhancing the places that they care about.

"And, through the It’s Your Neighbourhood entrants we hear of people doing their bit to understand their own greenhouse emissions and to support nature in the places they care about.

"These people are making a real difference and I would like to thank them for inspiring us every day.”

Uryside Park has achieved and Outstanding award.
Uryside Park has achieved and Outstanding award.

Ian Talboys Ury Riverside Park SCIO Trustee said “We were extremely pleased to have been awarded the Level 5 - Outstanding Certificate which is the highest level possible at our first attempt.”

In the assessors comments their concluding remarks were:- "The group have created a large oasis of calm at the edge of the town centre, easily within walking distance, which is well used and appreciated.

"It was made very clear from the comments of residents we met whilst visiting that this is seen as a great asset to the area.

"Wildlife of all types are visibly encouraged; the grey partridge has been confirmed to be nesting on the site.

"The group has turned the restrictions of the flood plain into assets for wildlife.

"The management team is made up of professionals in various disciplines, including years of experience in land management, so it is difficult to make any suggestions that you have not already

considered."

It’s Your Neighbourhood entrants were visited by one of 23 trained volunteer assessors who provide their support, expertise and guidance through the It’s Your Neighbourhood framework which is a part of the UK-wide RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.


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