Volunteers across the north-east have been recognised for their efforts to clean up their local surroundings this week.
Nearly 30 different groups from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire were presented with an It’s Your Neighbourhood award by Keep Scotland Beautiful.
But five north-east groups were decorated with prestigious certificates of distinction for their outstanding work.
Airyhall School, Brighter Bervie, Fittie Community Development Trust, Hazlehead Community Group, Kincardine O’Neil in Bloom and Springhill Community Garden were all given special recognition.
The environmental charity praised more than 160 groups from across the country for their work to improve their communities.
The awards are run as a non-competitive initiative by Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Royal Horticultural Society, with an emphasis on community participation.
Community initiatives, with aims including improving access to allotments, implementing school wildlife clubs or adopting areas of derelict land, were all celebrated at the event in Stirling.
Communities and place manager from Keep Scotland Beautiful Katie Murray said: “Every It’s Your Neighbourhood participant deserves this recognition for their hard work and determination to improve their own community.
“By volunteering their own time the 2019 groups have managed to support hundreds of environmental initiatives across Scotland.
“I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the groups involved. I hope that their enthusiasm inspires many more people to take part in helping to improve their local community in 2020.”