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9 March 2016

Historic Environment Scotland wins public body climate change award

Historic Environment Scotland's commitment to tackling climate change has been recognised with an award from the World Wild Life Foundation.

Chief executive David Middleton poses with a person dressed as a panda at Castle Campbell with a certificate from the World Wildlife Fund.

David Middleton, Chief Executive of Historic Environment Scotland, today visited Castle Campbell, near the town of Dollar, to collect the WWF Scotland Public Body Champion Award. The award is given in recognition of Historic Environment Scotland’s commitment to tackling climate change, and supporting WWF’s Earth Hour. 

On collecting the award, David Middleton said: “I’m delighted that the hard work and dedication of our staff has been recognised by WWF in this way. It’s thanks mainly to the efforts of our climate change team and the tireless efforts of our ‘Green Champions’ at sites such as Castle Campbell, that we are gaining international recognition for our efforts to tackle the effects of climate change on the historic environment, whilst also driving behavioural changes within our own organisation to ensure we are one of the country’s lead bodies in the transition to a low-carbon economy in Scotland.”

Lang Banks, Director of WWF Scotland, said: “I'm delighted to announce Historic Environment Scotland as our Public Body Champion for all their efforts in support of our annual Earth Hour initiative. This award clearly demonstrates the commitment of the organisation to tackling climate change and protecting our brilliant planet. We look forward to working with our newly crowned Champions for Earth Hour 2016.”

Last year Historic Scotland won the Public Body Champion Award. In October 2015, Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historic Monuments Scotland (RCAHMS) joined to create Historic Environment Scotland.

The award was presented prior to the WWF’s annual ‘Earth Hour’ initiative, which takes place on Saturday 19 March, where people across the globe will be switching off their lights for one hour (8.30pm to 9.30pm) to demonstrate that they care about the future of our wonderful planet. In Scotland, 13 Historic Environment Scotland sites will be taking part, including Edinburgh Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Glasgow Cathedral, and Castle Campbell.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

  • As of the 1st October 2015, Historic Scotland and RCAHMS came together to form a new lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. The new body Historic Environment Scotland (HES) will lead on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time.
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For further information

Alan Bannon
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
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