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The efforts of two Highland groups was acknowledged by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful at an online seminar last week.
Every year, Keep Scotland Beautiful runs two community environmental improvement programmes in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society – the competitive Beautiful Scotland campaign and the It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative.
In total, 197 groups who would in previous years have been out creating and maintaining community gardens or allotments, looking after habitats for wildlife and adopting streets, have been issued with Certificates of Recognition for the work volunteers and supporters managed to carry out to brighten up and pull their neighbourhoods together during this year’s health pandemic.
The groups in the Highlands to be recognised are: Raasay Walled Garden and Gairloch Sitooterie Wildlife Observation Garden.
Barry Fisher, Chief Executive Officer of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: ‘We know lockdown resulted in many people reconnecting with green and blue spaces near them. It has also been a particularly challenging year for the communities who strive every year to protect and enhance the places they live and work in.
‘We have been amazed by the desire of communities, volunteers and local authorities to stay connected, motivated and inspired by each other, all with a steadfast determination to do things to make a difference, even if this had to be done differently this year. ‘