Dundee groups recognised for nature work

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Three groups from Dundee have been recognised in national awards by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, at this year’s Beautiful Scotland award ceremony.

Ardler Environment Group, Broughty Ferry in Bloom and Bonnie Dundee were acknowledged for their efforts supporting and enhancing their local communities at the online event.

The Ardler Environment Group decided to enter a new non-judged category and received a Certificate of Recognition.

Meanwhile, Broughty Ferry in Bloom were awarded the Silver Gilt and Bonnie Dundee were given Gold in the competition.

Neighbourhood Services Convener Councillor Anne Rendall said: “It’s great to see the fantastic work being carried out in Dundee being recognised and rewarded. A gold award for our golden city is a vindication of the efforts of the community group volunteers. The plots and planters they look after in the city brighten it up no end and in turn cheer up those who see them.

“It’s been a difficult period during the pandemic but to still be putting in the work and to be recognised for it is a fitting tribute and I congratulate the groups for their efforts and their reward in winning these covetable commendations from Keep Scotland Beautiful.”

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s judging process was different this year with many community cleaning and greening activities curtailed due to the pandemic and their team of 14 volunteer judges only able to visit some of the groups across Scotland from the summer onwards.

This year, entrants were offered the opportunity to take part in either a judged, or a non-judged category to enable the charity to support groups through a wealth of online resources, networking and online events, whether or not the group decided to enter the competition.

Run by Keep Scotland Beautiful in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the initiative provides the opportunity for volunteers and groups to gain recognition for their efforts to protect and enhance their local places.

This year’s optional theme was ‘climate and nature friendly’ and all groups that registered to participate received free pollinator-friendly seeds to help create blooming beautiful and #BeeDiverse places.

The competition focused largely on new ways of ensuring that entrants incorporated community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening/horticultural achievement into their work.

Barry Fisher, Chief Executive with Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “We’re in a climate and nature emergency, but we know that communities across Scotland have been working tirelessly to protect and enhance their neighbourhoods, reconnecting with the environment and their communities despite the challenges lockdowns have posed.

“Beautiful Scotland provides us with such a wonderful opportunity to recognise all the voluntary work being done, and to celebrate with, and thank everyone who is keeping Scotland beautiful.

“I’d like to thank the entrants from Dundee for all they do, and I’d encourage others to get involved next year and tap into the network which offers a wealth of support.” 

Kay Clark, RHS Community Development Manager said: “It is really encouraging to see community gardeners using their talents to help address the defining issue of our time and embrace planet-friendly gardening. Gardeners across Scotland are turning to novel and inspiring ways to support the environment, wildlife and ensure their local areas are attractive places to live and work. Congratulations to them all.”

More information about the Beautiful Scotland Awards and support network can be found on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website.

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