Beautiful Scotland awards are a "fantastic opportunity" for Cumbernauld

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:12 BST on Friday 20th July 2012.

The Cumbernauld Environmental Society has said that the upcoming Beautiful Scotland competition is “…another fantastic opportunity” for Cumbernauld.

The Society’s comments came after the announcement that, on Friday 10th August, two judges from the prestigious Beautiful Scotland competition, run by Scotland’s charity for the environment Keep Scotland Beautiful, will visit Cumbernauld to assess the hard work that has been put in to improve Cumbernauld’s landscape and environment over the last year.

As part of this year’s competition, Cumbernauld Environmental Society is one of 50 groups from across Scotland who have entered the Beautiful Scotland competition, and 20 highly experienced judges will be travelling the length and breadth of the country to assess the group’s achievements. 

During the judging, each community will be assessed on:

  • Horticultural achievement, such as the design, quality and standard of maintenance of horticultural displays,
  • Sustainable development and biodiversity initiatives, such as projects to conserve energy, protect wildlife and habitats, the promotion of green transport, initiatives for waste minimisation, recycling, re-use and composting,
  • Environmental quality, such as the absence of litter, dog fouling, graffiti, fly-posting and weeds), and,
  • Community involvement.

The 50 groups will find out their level of achievement at an award ceremony, being held in Motherwell later this year, on Tuesday 11th September.

The overall winners will receive the sought after Rosebowl Trophy, and there will also be discretionary awards for outstanding performance in a specific area, such as biodiversity, tourism, and sustainability.  A selection of the winning communities will also be nominated for entry into the 2013 Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom competition.

 Adam Smith, Spokesman for Cumbernauld Environmental Society, said: “This has been a landmark year for Cumbernauld: we were showcased to an international audience when Craig Ferguson brought his “The Late Late Show” to the town; we became the only town in North Lanarkshire to be visited by the Olympic Torch; and we won the Civic Pride Award at the Scottish Design Awards, recognising the tremendous effort of dedicated local people and community groups who work to make our town a better place to live, work, and visit. The Beautiful Scotland Awards represent another fantastic opportunity to show off our town and to recognise the many improvements delivered to our landscape and environment over the last year. In 2011 Cumbernauld was presented with the Beautiful Scotland Silver Award in the “Small City” category and this year we hope to better that amazing achievement.”

Helen Darvill, Environmental Quality Coordinator at Keep Scotland Beautiful, added: “Keep Scotland Beautiful would like to wish all the Beautiful Scotland groups the best of luck with the competition.  We are thrilled that so many groups from across Scotland have entered this year, and hope that the judges are impressed during their visit.  It is wonderful that we are able to acknowledge and reward the groups hard work, commitment, and dedication to improving their local areas for residents and visitors alike, by inviting them to attend the Awards Ceremony, and I look forward to congratulating them in person then!”