Edinburgh bangs the drum for volunteers to help its Britain in Bloom campaign

The City of Edinburgh Council is calling on local green groups to back its 2013 Britain in Bloom bid by helping to green up their local neighbourhoods.

It’s Your Neighbourhood, run by Keep Scotland Beautiful, is ramping up its efforts to bring members of the community together to make a positive change to the places they live.

Edinburgh is competing against Bristol and the London Borough of Hillingdon in the City category, and community groups or businesses who enter the It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme will be mentored by assessors.

"This could be help with identifying funding sources, gardening and maintenance advice or providing access to tools," said a council spokeswoman.

Councillor Lesley Hinds said: "Edinburgh will be representing Scotland later this year in Britain in Bloom and so we’re calling in all green-fingered city residents to back our bid and do their bit to spruce up their local neighbourhood."

Keep Scotland Beautiful chief executive Derek Robertson said: "It’s Your Neighbourhood is about giving community groups who work tirelessly year round, national recognition and support for their efforts. We have over 70 groups registered from across Scotland."

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