Independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has recognised the work of the organic growers, Girvan Community Garden with a ‘green’ award.
The garden won the Green It’s Your Neighbourhood accolade at an awards ceremony in Stirling’s Albert Halls on Wednesday, October 30.
Aimed at community groups making environmental improvements, the non-competitive It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign gives support and recognition to those cleaning up and ‘greening’ up their immediate local areas: from the street they live in, to a patch of communal land, or a shared outdoor space.
The campaign is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society and, in Scotland, is supported by McDonald’s.
Pam Whittle, President of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society who presented the awards, announced that the Organic Growers of Fairlie had achieved the ‘Outstanding’ level of achievement and Girvan Community Garden had achieved the ‘Thriving’ level.
Both groups were first time entrants to the It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign.
For all the Scottish It’s Your Neighbourhood groups achievements, please visit www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/IYN
The volunteer assessor who visited Girvan Community Garden commented: ‘From an overgrown former tree nursery six years ago, the Girvan Community Garden group has produced a very pleasant and diverse community asset.
“The garden caters for the whole community and has raised beds, a ‘keyhole’ garden and a newly designed composting area.
“The garden plays host to a number of workshops, events and activities throughout the year and the group gets involved with schools and other groups to deliver projects both in the garden and out into the wider community.”
It’s Your Neighbourhood attracts the interest of hundreds of volunteers who commit thousands of hours to looking after their communities on a voluntary basis each year.
A total of 88 groups were visited during the summer by volunteer advisors so that the three themes - community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement – could be discussed and assistance offered.
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted that the Organic Growers of Fairlie and Girvan Community Garden have been recognised with It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards this year.
“I would like to congratulate everyone who is involved in these projects, and would also like to commend the groups for helping to make Ayrshire, and Scotland a cleaner, greener place for us all to enjoy today and tomorrow - through community participation, gardening achievement, and taking responsibility for tackling the criminal activity of littering and dog fouling, It’s Your Neighbourhood groups make a massive difference to our country.”