Ardentinny, Innellan, Benmore and Kilmun
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.