Forth was delighted to have won silver gilt in this year's Beautiful
Scotland competition and would like to thank everyone who helped in any
way to make this possible. This years online ceremony recognised the
dedication of volunteers, businesses and local authorities, working in
partnership across the country to improve the places they care for.
Forty-six groups entered the programme in 2022, with 28 achieving Medal Certificates, 11 winning awards for topping their category, 14 being recognised with special discretionary awards, as well as the prestigious Rosebowl.
The awards marked their achievements in planting and growing, taking care of the local environment and involving the local community. In addition, 18 groups were awarded with a Certificate of Recognition.
We also received " RHS Discretionary judges award for Overcoming Adversity" . These awards are judged by a panel of experts and are given for outstanding performance in particular areas. In 2023, the group was recognised with the Beautiful Scotland discretionary award - the RHS Scotland Award for Overcoming Adversity: being a resident here, brings many challenges, not least due to an exposed location and perceived lack of facilities. However, Flourishing Forth and its partners seek to address these.
The Eco-Hub is a pivotal response to changing community circumstances. Regular deliveries to the local food bank and providers, enable people to access fresh fruit and vegetables on a regular basis. Organisations such as the local resource centre and church provide warm spaces and soup made from this produce.
The Eco-Hub is completely off grid, and the group has accepted this adversity challenge with gusto! They’ve installed solar panels, battery storage, and rainwater harvesting to support an extensive irrigation system. This latter addition has proved invaluable during recent episodes of water scarcity
This follows on from winning an Outstanding in this years "It's your neighbourhood" awards.
In 2021 we were very proud to be one of only 6 communities out of 200 to win an RHS discretionary award for ‘Gardening in a Changing Climate’ these are awarded by Keep Scotland Beautiful at the Scottish level of the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign, and were open to groups taking part in our It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland programmes.
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