Green space volunteers shortlisted for heritage awards

A group of junior park rangers and two Friends' groups have been shortlisted in the annual 2016 Scottish Heritage Angel Awards.

Holyrood Park: Junior rangers have reached the final of a national award
Holyrood Park: Junior rangers have reached the final of a national award

The Holyrood Park young rangers are finalists in the Young Heritage Angel Award category of the 2016 Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, for their contribution to looking after the Edinburgh royal park’s heritage and raising awareness of a safer countryside for all.

In the Sharing and Celebrating category, The Friends of Kinneil in Bo’ness have been shortlisted for their on-going dedication in promoting the rich history and heritage of Kinneil House, its museum, estate and nature reserve.

And in Investigating and Recording, Castlemilk Park in Glasgow’s Local History Group are recognised for their How Old are Yew? Project, which looks into the history of the now demolished Castlemilk House and its grounds.

The Scottish Heritage Angel Awards is a partnership between the Foundation, Historic Environment Scotland, the Scottish Government, Scottish Civic Trust, and Archaeology Scotland and were established by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: "It is wonderful to shine a light on the endeavours of these Scottish Heritage Angels, whose triumphs of dedication, energy and tenacity might otherwise go unsung.

"Every one of them is vital to preserving and promoting the richness of Scotland’s heritage. I congratulate them all on their fine achievements."

The awards highlight a diverse range of voluntary activities and projects from across Scotland and are in their second year.

Director of the Scottish Civic Trust John Pelan said: "This year’s shortlist for the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards once again demonstrates the great scope of volunteer-led heritage work that is being undertaken throughout the country.

"It’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm and passion that Scotland’s heritage ‘Angels’ contribute to the sector, particularly in the Young Heritage Angel Award, which is a new addition for this year.

 "These awards provide us with a real opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate all those behind a wealth of projects and activities, both big and small, and their valuable work, which directly contributes to and benefits Scotland’s wider historic environment."

Cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: that volunteers and community groups work tirelessly throughout the year to investigate, protect and share knowledge about Scotland’s rich and diverse heritage.

Shortlisted ‘Angels’ have been invited to attend the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards ceremony, hosted by Vanessa Collingridge, to be held at the centuries-old Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on 18 October, where the overall winner of each category will be announced. Click here for the full shortlist.

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