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Castlebank Horticultural Centre brings home European award

At the inaugural Rural Inspiration Awards, co-ordinated by the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD). Out of 175 entries, only two UK finalists were chosen – both from Scotland. Lanark’s own Castlebank Horticultural Centre was nominated in the ‘LEADER’ category. Read more

Have your say on East Dunbartonshire's draft food growing strategy

Do you want more opportunities to grow your own fruit, veg and flowers in allotments and community gardens across East Dunbartonshire? Then give your views now or get along to a drop-in session! Read more

Action Earth 2019 funding now open for applications

Volunteering Matters Action Earth empowers people in Scotland to take action and improve their local environment through volunteering and provides funding to support them. Read more

Become a Green Plan It mentor

RHS is on the lookout for volunteers from the horticulture industry to mentor small teams of 12-14 year old students through Green Plan It 2019. Read more

Big Garden Birdwatch Results 2019

Results of the 2019 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch are now in. Read more

Lomond Mountain Rescue

The volunteer rescue team received £4,000 from Bags of Help to replace essential search and rescue clothing to ensure they have the best equipment to protect them in often dangerous activities. They are one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in Scotland. Read more

Spring Step Count Challenge

The Spring Step Count Challenge, Paths for All’s workplace walking challenge, kicks off on Monday, 29th April Read more

Surveying pollinator populations

The Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership (PMRP) are looking for volunteers to take part in large scale surveys across Great Britain to establish how insect pollinator populations are changing. Read more

Now recruiting MyParkScotland trustees

Love parks? Want to make a difference to parks in Scotland? Here's a great opportunity to join the board of MyParkScotland as a trustee...and help people discover, explore and support local parks Read more

Young Placechangers: 30th Craigalmond Scout Group, Davidson Mains, Edinburgh

The 30th Craigalmond (Davidson’s Mains) Scout Group is based in Edinburgh. The Scout section has approx. 30 members between the ages of 10 ½ and 14, and the leaders of the section suggested the scouts get involved in the Young Placechangers Programme. Read more

Grow Fungus with Grow Wild

Grow Wild are giving people all around the UK the chance to get a team of people together to apply for a free fungus lab – a box containing everything you need to grow a healthy fungus: at work, at school, at home or anywhere else. Read more

Young Placechangers: Connect Berwickshire Youth Project, Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

I now feel I can talk to new people, just like I did at the residential. It has also made me feel more included in sharing ideas and views, making decisions and making changes... Read more

Young Placechangers: Heart and Sound, Dunfermline, Fife

In June 2018, two young people and a youth worker from Heart & Sound took part in a Young Placechangers Residential training weekend. Find out what happened next........ Read more

UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

New UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration offers opportunity for job creation, food security and addressing climate change Read more

Bags of Help greenspaces - our natural health service

Communities the length and breadth of Scotland have been using Bags of Help grants to support projects that create, improve and use their greenspaces to help promote and sustain health and wellbeing. Read more

The Garden Project - growing people, places and plants

Our April project of the month The Garden Project supports people with barriers to employment such as poor mental health or an offending background to participate in voluntary gardening at Tollcross Park in Glasgow. Read more

Creating a caring Place: new report on town centre living

Architecture & Design Scotland have published A Caring Place, which sets out the work the organisation has coordinated, with Scotland’s Towns Partnership, to respond to and support the Scottish Government’s work around Town Centre Living. Read more

Help tell the story of Cammo House

The Friends of Cammo have launched a project to tell the fascinating history of Cammo House in Edinburgh. Read more

Bags of Help Boosts Biodiversity

All across Scotland, from Stranraer to Scalloway and Turriff to Tiree, Bags of Help grants have enabled communities to boost biodiversity and encouraged local people to get involved in projects which support nature. Read more

MyParkScotland - helping Groundwork UK to Future Proof Parks

MyParkScotland are delighted to be working with Groundwork UK on their Future Proof Parks project across England. This is part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund Kick the Dust the initiative Read more

Queen Bee Rearing Project

A Tesco Bags of Help award of £4,704 helped the Tarland Development Group -Bee Group, to start their own Queen Bee rearing project. Read more

Wild Places with Beasties, Bugs and Bairns

Beasties, Bugs and Bairns used Tesco Bags of Help funding of £2,000 to get children out into local Wild Places. Read more

Lochore Meadows – generating energy from the park

Project of the month for March is Lochore Meadows in Fife, where Fife Council utilise the heat stored in the water in a renewable heating system for the visitor centre. Read more

Disability Snowsport UK

Disability Snowsport UK was awarded £4,000 from Tesco Bags of Help to introduce local disabled people to the Cairngorm Mountain ski school in the Scottish Highlands. Read more