Nominations open for Nature of Scotland Awards 2017

News story posted: 08/05/2017

Nature of Scotland Awards logoIndividuals and groups are invited to nominate people and projects in nine different categories for this year’s Nature of Scotland Awards, which is organised by RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Scotland.


Celebrating excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation, entry to the RSPB’s Nature of Scotland Awards is free and applications are being sought across nine categories: Community Initiative, Corporate, Food and Farming, Innovation, Marine Conservation, Nature Tourism, Political Advocate of the Year, RSPB Species Champion and Youth and Education.


Example winners of the Community Initiative Award include Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust in Dumfries and Galloway (2015 winner), which purchased Castle Loch in 2014 to ensure that the continued protection of wildlife in the designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. In 2016, the winner was the Concrete Garden in Possilpark, Glasgow. The Concrete Garden is an urban community food growing and creative waste reduction project providing growing space, activities, and events for the people of Possilpark and the wider North Glasgow area.


The deadline for applications is 12 June 2017. The Nature of Scotland Awards shortlist will be unveiled at a reception in Scottish Parliament on the 13 September and the winners will be announced at a presentation dinner on 23 November at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh.


For more information about the awards and categories, and how to nominate, please go to www.rspb.org.uk/natureofscotland


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