A primary school teacher from Newtonhill has emerged on top, after being nominated for the Beautiful Aberdeenshire Environmental Award as part of Inspiring Aberdeenshire 2018.
Aimee Bainbridge of Newtonhill Primary School beat out Belinda Rowlands (The Seed Box, near Aboyne) and Braemar Community Garden (Braemar) to claim the award at the ceremony on Sunday night.
The Beautiful Aberdeenshire Environmental Award is awarded to an individual or group who is working hard to help nurture and enhance the area’s natural beauty through environmental initiatives. It was presented on the evening by Calum Richardson the owner of award-winning “The Bay” fish and chip shop, who sponsored the award.
Aimee won the award as she had “gone above and beyond her teaching role to drive forward environmental awareness among pupils, staff and parents at the school in a range of areas within her community to ensure future generations.”
Provost, Cllr Bill Howatson of the Mearns ward said: “What a wonderful night. Inspiring Aberdeenshire is a fantastic event to showcase the hard work and dedication of the people of Aberdeenshire and the 2018 awards were a great success.”
“It is proving to be more and more difficult each year for the judging panel to decide who should walk away with a trophy. There are so many wonderful people in our communities who are willing to go above and beyond to support each other. Each finalist is a true winner as their efforts and dedication are invaluable.
“It was also good to see so many Aberdeenshire Council staff were nominated, it really shows how valued our people are in the communities they serve.”
“My sincere thanks to every who helped make the awards happen.”