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Argyll and Bute community groups are being invited by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful to take part in the 2021 Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood initiatives.
Run by the charity in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the initiatives allow volunteers and groups to gain recognition for their efforts to protect and enhance their local places.
With 2021 being a big year for action on climate change and protecting biodiversity, the optional theme is ‘climate and nature friendly’ with all groups that register to participate receiving free pollinator-friendly seeds to help create blooming beautiful and #BeeDiverse places.
Last year, despite the challenges, the achievements of 200 groups across the country were supported and celebrated with many of those participating developing new ways of ensuring the places they care about were looked after.
Catherine Gee, deputy chief executive officer of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: ‘We are facing a climate and nature emergency, but our research has shown that in the last year more than 40 per cent of people have spent more time using outside space in their neighbourhoods, reconnecting with the environment and their communities.
‘We’re looking forward to welcoming people from well-established groups, through to those just starting out, as they register for free support through the Beautiful Scotland or It’s Your Neighbourhood initiatives this year.
‘As a thank-you for all that volunteers are doing across the country we will send out pollinator seeds to those who register to help create an extra buzz as we collectively work to make Scotland clean, green and sustainable for nature and people.’
To widen the appeal this year, a non-judged Beautiful Scotland category has been introduced for groups who would like to take part but feel the competition element is too much for them.
Registration for Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood is open until April 30 2021 at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org .