Queensferry man voted best neighbour in the UK

Dougie and some of his neighbours help keep the hens
Dougie and some of his neighbours help keep the hens

A pensioner from South Queensferry has been named as the best good neighbour in the country.

George Boyd (71) lives in the Castle Rock Edinvar sheltered housing scheme and won the award after initiating a project to encourage hen-keeping, healthy eating and horticulture.

The retired technical teacher, also known as Dougie, built a chicken coop for the shared garden with the help of some pupils at nearby Queensferry Community High.

He said: “It was excellent to win a Good Neighbour Award. I was really surprised to be nominated and had no idea that it was going to be a national ceremony. I’ve really enjoyed working with the community on this local project, building a hen coop with the help of local people.

“It’s been really positive and brought people of all ages together.”

He regularly mows the grass, waters neighbours’ plants and offers gardening tips when requested.

The organisers, property developer and regeneration specialist Places for People, said the Good Neighbour Awards were created to mark the positive contribution that residents make to communities and the lives of their neighbours.

David Cowans, chief executive of Places for People, who presented the awards, said: “People like Dougie often don’t understand they have done anything special and that’s precisely what makes them special.

“It is fantastic to be able to meet, celebrate with and show our appreciation to those people who make a genuine difference to their neighbours and make their communities a better place.”