Galashiels is blooming marvellous
Published 20 Sep 2012 08:30 1 Comment
TWO groups from the Borders have been awarded medal certificates by Scotland's leading charity for the environment in recognition of efforts to improve their local communities.
The awards were made by the charity Keep Scotland Beautiful at a ceremony in Motherwell.
The prestigious Beautiful Scotland award ceremony is the climax of a year of continuous effort by local people throughout Scotland.
All entrants were recognised with medal certificates to applaud their tireless work to plant beautiful flowers, engage with their local community and reduce littering.
Gala in Bloom was presented with a Silver medal certificate and Newcastleton Floral Group received a Silver Gilt medal certificate from Councillor Jim Robertson, Provost of North Lanarkshire, and Councillor Helen McKenna on behalf of Keep Scotland Beautiful.
The two communities from the Scottish Borders were competing with 52 from across Scotland in the 2012 Beautiful Scotland competition and were visited by highly-experienced judges during a national tour in July and August. The judges examine three themes - horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: "Beautiful Scotland, a campaign run by Keep Scotland Beautiful, celebrates the work of communities, from whole cities to villages, who pull together to improve and enhance their local areas. Through floral enhancement, community participation, and taking responsibility for tackling the criminal activity of littering and dog fouling, these Beautiful Scotland groups make a massive difference to their areas, and our country.
"The awards presented at this ceremony go some way to recognising all the endless hours which volunteers and local authorities put in throughout the year to ensure that visitors and local community members are able to enjoy clean, green and sustainable surroundings."
This article appeared in Border Telegraph 20 Sep 12
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