Keep Scotland Beautiful's Community Development Team is launching four new initiatives to engage individuals, communities and organisations in sustainable development – Adopt-a-Garden, Bee Diverse, Tasty Spaces and Young Reporters Scoland. The Team works with a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations across Scotland, and aims to help communities re-engage with Scotland’s environment and to improve local environmental quality.


The Adopt-a-Garden campaign supports volunteer groups to care for the gardens of vulnerable adults in their community. An attractive, flourishing garden can be a source of great pride for many of us but everyday gardening tasks can become increasingly difficult for older people or those with chronic health conditions. This campaign aims to give residents a safe, tidy outdoor space that they can enjoy, develop volunteers’ practical skills, and enhance local environmental quality. An Adopt-a-Garden toolkit is being created to provide groups with guidance and inspiration to take action in their local community and Keep Scotland Beautiful plans to support Adopt-a-Garden groups through networking and sharing good practice events during 2016.

For more information contact Vhairi Tollan, [email protected]

Bee Diverse

The Bee Diverse campaign aims to encourage and enable communities to plant for pollinators, specifically bumblebees and butterflies, to encourage biodiversity.  By offering community groups, organisations, schools and individuals the opportunity to apply for and receive native seeds to help butterflies and bumblebees flourish, as well as resources to inform groups and individuals about what they are planting, how to maintain and benefit from their plants, and why this is important, this campaign hopes to reconnect people with their environment, learn a little about biodiversity through the help of online resources, and create a healthy and diverse outdoor space for their communities and themselves to enjoy. 

For more information contact Pamitta Mall, [email protected]

Tasty Spaces

The Tasty Spaces campaign encourages schools and community groups to produce their own Scottish food to use in a One Planet Picnic, reducing food and packaging waste and reconnecting people with healthy food and the environment.  Groups who register for Edible Borders will receive native edible plant seeds and will be supported through the campaign’s webpages which will signpost existing networks, good practice case studies, training opportunities, resources, recipes and contacts.

For more information contact Vhairi Tollan, [email protected] 

Young Reporters Scotland

Young Reporters Scotland (YRS) provides exciting opportunities for young people to build life-changing skills and be part of an international group of young people creatively raising awareness of sustainability issues within their communities. 

To take part in YRS, young people across Scotland aged 11-21 are asked to use their creativity to produce a report about a sustainability issue or environmental problem.  This could be done by writing an article or blog, creating a video or animation, or capturing a topic through photography.  Reports can be entered into the national annual competition.

In addition to the competition, we also ask young people Scotland to share with us stories about great events they've been to or that have inspired them, groups they know of in their local communities that are tackling environmental problems or projects and activities they are involved with.

The YRS website hosts a range of useful resources /yre

For more information contact Lyndsay Sutton, [email protected]

SOURCE: Keep Scotland Beautiful

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