Green award for Midlothian project

The Midlothian Growing Together community garden

The Midlothian Growing Together community garden

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Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has presented Midlothian Growing Together with an ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ accolade at a national awards ceremony – recognising the group’s tireless efforts in improving its local area.

More than 200 people recently gathered at the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ awards ceremony in Stirling to commemorate the hard work of volunteers in helping to clean up and green up their community.

Midlothian Growing Together is a Volunteer Midlothian project. The project has a community garden in Dalkeith Country Park, a growing space at Vogrie Country Park and the use of a lean-to greenhouse at Fairfield House.

Volunteers can learn all aspects of landscaping and horticulture, including fence building, raised bed construction, fruit and vegetable growing and wildlife promotion.

Lindsay Montgomery CBE, chairman of the board of charity trustees for Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “I would like to congratulate all of the recipients of the 2016 ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ award and thank them for their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment.

“These awards are designed to celebrate community effort to improve local environments Scotland-wide. From litter picking to bulb planting – all of these activities help to create vibrant communities, nurture respect for local places and improve well-being.

“Year on year we are seeing the groups which participate in our community growing initiatives demonstrating a real drive and commitment towards improving local areas – as well as making a significant difference to neighbourhoods the length and breadth of Scotland.”

The ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaign is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. The event brought together groups from the Beautiful Scotland, Britain in Bloom and ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaigns to celebrate Keep Scotland Beautiful’s 50th year of community growing.

‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ is a non-competitive initiative that places particular emphasis on community participation. The campaign acknowledges efforts by presenting graded certificates based on the group’s own merits – rather than in comparison to others. The level of achievement is determined on how the entrant group has performed in terms of community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.