Ar­dentinny, In­nel­lan, Ben­more and Kil­mun

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL char­ity Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful last week pre­sented three groups from Ar­gyll and Bute with an It’s Your Neigh­bour­hood ac­co­lade.

The awards cel­e­brate their con­tin­ued com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion, com­mit­ment to their en­vi­ron­ment and lo­cal gar­den­ing achieve­ments.

The ac­co­lades were pre­sented at a cer­e­mony in Stir­ling at­tended by more than 200 peo­ple, where groups were recog­nised for their ef­forts in clean­ing up and mak­ing their home com­mu­nity more beau­ti­ful.

The 2017 It’s Your Neigh­bour­hood ini­tia­tive sup­ported 142 projects from across Scot­land, 33 of which were new en­trants, and 32 en­trants re­ceived the pres­ti­gious Cer­tifi­cate of Dis­tinc­tion.

The re­cip­i­ents from Ar­gyll and Bute were Ar­dentinny Con­ser­va­tion and Her­itage Group, Ben­more and Kil­mun Com­mu­nity Trust, and In­nel­lan Wildlife Watch Group (Cer­tifi­cate of Dis­tinc­tion).

Dr Lind­say Montgomery, chair­man of the board of char­ity trustees at Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful, said: ‘I would like to con­grat­u­late all of the 2017 It’s Your Neigh­bour­hood par­tic­i­pants. Their hard work, en­thu­si­asm and com­mit­ment has helped to im­prove lo­cal en­vi­ron­ments Scot­land-wide, and for which I thank them on be­half of the char­ity.

‘Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful re­cently re­ported that lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity stan­dards across Scot­land have reached their low­est point in a decade. Lo­cal ac­tion, such as the hard work of It’s Your Neigh­bour­hood vol­un­teers, goes a long way in help­ing to tackle the prob­lem.

‘These awards cel­e­brate com­mu­nity ef­forts to im­prove en­vi­ron­ments through­out Scot­land.

‘Ev­ery vol­un­teer has helped to­wards cre­at­ing more vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties and pro­tect­ing our pre­cious lo­cal spa­ces – mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence to neigh­bour­hoods the length and breadth of the coun­try.’

The It’s Your Neigh­bour­hood cam­paign is run by Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful in part­ner­ship with the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety. It’s Your Neigh­bour­hood is a non-com­pet­i­tive ini­tia­tive that places par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The award win­ners proudly show off their cer­tifi­cates.

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