The SURF Awards are delivered each year by SURF Regeneration Forum. With over 280 Scottish cross-sector member organisations, it partners with the Scottish Government. The purpose is to highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland.

We congratulate the winners and nominees especially

  • Chapelpark in Forfar in the Housing Regeneration category, and
  • Findhorn Bay Arts, winners of the Creative Regeneration category.

This year’s practical, focused, ‘win:win:win’ change projects are great examples of the power of Community ideas about

Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Communities said at the Award Ceremony:

The shortlisted applications are an inspiration and testament to what is possible when communities are empowered and proactive in shaping their own futures. The SURF Awards remain an outstanding platform for identifying and showcasing successful community regeneration across Scotland.

Here is a more detailed report.

SURF’s Chair said at the ceremony, “The independent panel of judges have once again been impressed by the commitment, creativity and care for both project and people, in all shortlisted initiatives. SURF looks forward to sharing these stories of what works, across Scotland and beyond.

PETs Housing Director reported afterwards, “Although we didn’t win the SURF award, we have and will benefit in many ways in the future…from both the submission, short-listing, introductions…and a free one year membership.” Thank you Marcus for all your hard work.

Thank you, Reader,  for your continued support (ideas, money and time) of your Park Ecovillage, FindhornBenefit charity. Our purpose is to make a real environmental difference ​and​ improve growing numbers of Community lives​ by

  1. assisting, funding and promoting further innovative educational, social and environmental projects
  2. delivering an effective, affordable Community housing program
  3. pursuing an impactful carbon strategy involving both direct and indirect emissions.