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National awards ceremony recognises Scotland’s environmental successes

National awards ceremony recognises Scotland’s environmental successes

Annual celebration of efforts to improve communities with ‘birds, bees and trees’        

Community groups, local authorities and businesses from all across Scotland, gathered in Dunfermline yesterday (Thursday 7 September) to celebrate the annual Beautiful Scotland Awards, organised by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The ceremony, hosted by Fife Council, rewarded the work undertaken in communities throughout Scotland to help deliver environmental improvements in their local area – with 44 groups being recognised.

The event brought over 250 delegates from across Scotland together in the town to celebrate their achievements. The prestigious 2017 Beautiful Scotland Rosebowl was presented to the highest scoring entrant, North Berwick in Bloom, for the fourth time.

North Berwick in Bloom was started 24 years ago by a group of local traders to brighten up the streets. The group has since taken on the local baskets and planters, with the emphasis shifting to perennial planting. Working with the council to obtain a heritage lottery grant to restore the Lodge – the Edwardian arts and crafts town park – volunteers have created a park with an exceptionally wide range of plants. Local businesses comment that visitors stay longer and spend more as the town looks so good, and local residents say that it improves their quality of life.

A full list of all 44 entrants and their achievements can be found here.

Carole Noble, Operations Director of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:

“Beautiful Scotland provides the opportunity for Scotland to celebrate the outstanding achievements of volunteer groups, local authorities and businesses across the country and recognises the significant contribution they make in helping to improve our local environmental quality. I would like to commend them on their efforts.

“In 2017 the campaign in Scotland reaches its 51st year. Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted to, once again, celebrate and reward the dedication and achievements of the committed entrants which create places that are good for our health, wealth and happiness.”

Beautiful Scotland is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful, a member of the RHS Bloom Federation. Entrants are judged by a team of expert volunteer judges on their year-round achievements.

Awards are presented to a range of local authorities, businesses and communities which have achieved the highest scores in their categories, with Discretionary Awards given to those who demonstrate excellence in their commitment to the campaign. Some of the winners will go on to represent Scotland in RHS Britain in Bloom in 2017.

Further information can be found at: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/beautifulscotland