Redd Up Shortlisted for Award
Da Voar Redd Up has been short listed for the 2013 RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards. The awards, designed to recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation, aim to recognise projects which protect and enhance the nation's natural heritage. There are 8 categories in the awards; Da Voar Redd Up has been shortlisted for the Community Initiative.
Sita Goudie of the Shetland Amenity Trust, which coordinates the annual event, said: "Per head of population, Da Voar Redd Up is the largest community-based clear up in the UK, with over 20% of thepopulation volunteering annually. If Scotland were to achieve this participation rate, nearly 1 million volunteers would be required and for the whole of the UK nearly 12 million.
It is the volunteers which make Da Redd Up the success it is, volunteering many thousands of hours annually to clear our environment of bruck. It is because of this incredible community support that the Redd Up has made the shortlist for this prestigious national award, and we hope it will help to show just how outstanding Shetland and its residents are."
Announced at an event in the Scottish Parliament, the shortlist represents a cross section of businesses, charities, the public sector and individuals. Stuart Housden, Chair of the JudgingPanel, said: "Once again, we were overwhelmed by the volume and calibre of entries. We applaud all our entrants for their commitment and efforts to conserve and protect species and habitats throughout Scotland. The judges have some tough deliberations ahead to decide the 8 winners."
The winners will be announced during a special award ceremony at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh on 30 October 2013.
For details of the award finalists visit: http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/347901-conservation-heroes-make-nature-award-shortlist
For further information about the Nature of Scotland Awards visit: http://www.rspb.org.uk/natureofscotland