The Borders’ first entry in a nationwide initiative for civic minded volunteers has see an Allanton group recognised for their community efforts.
The Allanton Enhancement Group achieved the first, ‘establishing’ level of the It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme co-ordinated by Keep Scotland Beautiful. This sets the group on its way to completing the ward’s five levels of certification.
Their recognition came at an awards ceremony in Stirling’s Albert Halls this week.
It’s Your Neighbourhood is a local environmental improvement initiative designed to encourage volunteer groups to pick up their shears and spades in a bid to clean up and beautify their local areas.
The campaign is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society.
While it is a non-competitive initiative that places greater emphasis on community participation than gardening achievements, it acknowledges local efforts by presenting groups with certificates based on a 1-5 level of grading.
Groups are assessed on their own merits and not compared against each other. The level of achievement is determined by how well the entrant group has done in terms of community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.
Ursula Hauptmann-Smith, Charity Trustee for Keep Scotland Beautiful, who presented the certificates said: “Each and every group has shown a high level of local pride and selflessness in their efforts to improve their local communities. This initiative shows clearly the results of what can happen when so many people work together towards a common goal.
“I am delighted to present this certificate to a Borders group this year.”