View of Barnhill Rock Garden in summer

Barnhill Rock Garden

Neighbourhood Awards

Neighbourhood Awards were  a relatively new initiative in Scotland in 2008 designed for groups who were beginners to making local environmental improvements in their area, particularly (but not exclusively) in urban areas. The scheme was non-competitive; aiming to give recognition and support to groups by means of a one hour visit from an assessor during the month of August. The assessor would give the group some guidance as to how they might proceed, and all entrants were awarded a certificate at an annual seminar in November. There were three levels of certificate – Improvement, Merit and Outstanding Achievement.

In 2008, 45 communities across Scotland took part in the Neighbourhood Awards and the Barnhill Rock Garden was one of three to receive the Certificate of Outstanding Achievement. The first stage of the Scree Bed renovation project won another Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009.

In 2010 this scheme changed to “It’s your Neighbourhood” with the following aims:
Neighbourhood campaign is an ideal opportunity for volunteer-led community groups which are interested in cleaning up and greening up their local area, whether that is the street where they live, a derelict space on their estate or the grounds around the local community centre.  It is an inclusive non-competitive scheme which is about bringing members of the community together to make a positive change to the place they live, work or spend their leisure time.  Entrant groups are visited by a trained Assessor who looks at the work that has been done under three main themes: Community Participation, Environmental Responsibility and Gardening Achievement. Forty percent of the overall marks are awarded for Community Participation, with the others receiving 30% each.  The Assessor will also give advice and information to support the group’s efforts and award points and a certificate to reflect its’ achievements.

There are 5 levels of certificate, namely:

  • Establishing
  • Improving
  • Developing
  • Thriving
  • Outstanding

    In 2010 the Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden were awarded a Certificate at Level 4 – Thriving for their work on the Scree Bed II and other parts of the garden. They were also nominated for a Certificate of Distinction in the Britain in Bloom national “RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood” scheme - one of only a few groups in Britain to receive this award and the only one in Scotland - for their improvement year-on-year while taking part in this scheme. The certificate was presented to the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Friends at the RHS Britain in Bloom awards ceremony at the Centennial Centre in Birmingham on 29th September.  In 2011 the Friends were delighted to be awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award from Beautiful Scotland and in 2012 the Friends were once again delighted to receive two IYN certificates - the first an Outstanding Certificate for their work during the previous 12 months and the second a Certificate of Distinction reflecting the progress made by the group since entering the scheme in 2008.


  • In 2011 the Friends were delighted to be awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award from Beautiful Scotland
    It's your neighbourhood Outstanding achievement 2011
     
    In 2012 the Friends were once again delighted to receive two IYN certificates - the first an Outstanding Certificate for their work during the previous 12 months and the second a Certificate of Distinction reflecting the progress made by the group since entering the scheme in 2008.
    It's Your Neighbourhood Outstanding certificate 2012 It's Your Neighbourhood distinction 2012
    In October 2013 the Friends were once again delighted to receive two IYN certificates - the first an Outstanding Certificate for their work during the previous 12 months and the second a Certificate of Distinction reflecting the progress made by the group since entering the scheme in 2008.
    It's Your Neighbourhood Outstanding certificate 2013 It's Your Neighbourhood distinction 2013


    October 2014 -The Friends were delighted to be presented yet again with a Level 5 – Outstanding – Award by the RHS and Keep Scotland Beautiful (we were awarded 95 points out of a 100) along with a Certificate of Distinction for our continued improvement in the scheme. The presentations were made at the Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood Annual Seminar at the Albert Hall in Stirling on Monday, 27th October 2014. The presentations were made by Ursula Hauptmann-Smith, Charity Trustee, Keep Scotland Beautiful. The event was chaired by Mark Bevan, Head of Campaigns, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

    It's your neighbourhood certificate of distinction 2014   It's your neighbourhood outstanding award 2014
    IYN certificates and garden team 2014   IYN certificates and garden team 2014


    Wednesday, 28th October 2015 Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden were presented with an It's Your Neighbourhood* accolade - a Certificate of Distinction - by Kathryn Bennett of the Scottish Power Foundation, at an awards ceremony in Stirling’s Albert Halls last week. Ann Taylor and Isobel Turner were there to accept the Certificate.
    It’s Your Neigbourhood is organised by Beautiful Scotland and is based on the three themes of Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility, and Community Participation.
    15 groups, including the Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden were also awarded a Certificate of Distinction. The award is given to groups which have consistently grown and improved their performance over the years that they have participated in the It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign. Ann Taylor and Michael Laird represented the Friends in the group photograph.

    It's your neighbourhood certificate of distinction 2015   It's your neighbourhood outstanding award 2015