Green Apple Award

The Portlethen Moss Conservation Group in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council will be awarded a Scottish Green Apple Award for environmental best practice on Monday September 10 at a presentation ceremony in the Queen Anne Room, Edinburgh Castle.

The awards are Gold, Silver or Bronze along with a certificate - the level of award is not announced until the day of the ceremony.

The Green Apple Environment Awards were established in 1994 as an annual campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world and is run by The Green Organisation.

The Portlethen entry was based on the work they have done over the years and continue to do in the conservation of Portlethen Moss and the creation of the new Portlethen Community Woodland.

The group say: “We are delighted to be selected to receive the award. It puts Portlethen on the map as an environmental caring community and shows that our Group in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, who continue to support and work with us, are committed to the environmental work we do for our community.

“In applying for this award we had to demonstrate how we have achieved as much of the following criteria as possible,

Environmental benefit: Does the entry clearly identify clear environmental benefit?

Innovation: Does the entry demonstrate new/novel solutions to existing problems?

Commitment to achieve by senior personnel involved: Have staff demonstrated their commitment?

Social benefit: Have communities or areas benefited?

Economic benefit: Have reductions or savings been achieved?

Quantitative evidence of impact: Are the theories supported by measurable improvements?

Future further development plans: How do you intend to move forward?

Possible adoption by others: Can others replicate the procedures?

“The judges are totally independent. They are selected because of their appropriate environmental and technical knowledge, their professional backgrounds and relevant experience.”