Three groups from Halbeath, Rosyth, and Crombie have been recognised for their work to improve places and people’s health and wellbeing.

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful recognised Crombie Residents Association, Rosyth Community Projects Limited, and Halbeath Environmental Improvement Group along with seven other groups in Fife.

Both Halbeath Environmental Improvement Group and Crombie Residents Association received certificates of distinction. These were awarded to groups displaying continuous improvements over a four-year period as part of the It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative.

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Rosyth Community Projects Limited operates a growing and sharing project called Edible and Tasty Spaces: EATS which consists of a community hub, community garden, and community orchard with honeybees.

The charity also diverts food from landfill through the repurposing and sharing of surplus food.

Halbeath Environmental Improvement Group aims to improve the natural environment and support biodiversity. They carry this work out for the benefit of the community, and they also provide environmental and gardening advice to residents.

Crombie Residents Association’s objectives are to represent and promote the interest of the Association on of environment and development. It also aims to help improve living conditions and facilities and services for residents.

The 2023 Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood annual seminar and celebration event took place virtually on Tuesday, December 5. Positive action taken by 208 groups from 27 local authority areas across Scotland to improve their communities for people, climate, and nature were recognised.

Juliette Camburn, senior community initiatives officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Our annual celebration of the inspiring efforts of people across Scotland who work tirelessly to improve their own neighbourhoods and communities is always such a happy event.

“Each and every It’s Your Neighbourhood entrant recognised today has made a lasting contribution, however small or large to combat climate change, restore nature and biodiversity, tackle litter and improve the places they care for.”