Huge and well-earned congratulations to Colourful Carnoustie and Monifieth Eco Force for their success in the Beautiful Scotland Awards 2018 – a national event recognising local environmental efforts.
Community groups, local authorities and businesses from across Scotland gathered in Haddington last night to celebrate the annual Beautiful Scotland Awards, organised by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful.
The ceremony supports the achievements of entire villages, towns, cities, residential communities and business improvement districts Scotland-wide in helping to improve the places they care for.
Colourful Carnoustie returned to the awards, having last participated in 2016 and received Gold medal in the Coastal Town category. The award marked the group’s success in providing visitors with a warm welcome and undertaking a raft of planting - all achieved with a sense of real enjoyment and pride of place.
Monifieth Eco Force received a Silver medal in the Coastal Town category, celebrating the groups great work in engaging more businesses in its activities and getting the local school involved in planting the wildflower meadow.
Pete Leonard, Operations Director, of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Now in its 52nd year, Beautiful Scotland continues to provide the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Scotland’s volunteers, local authority staff and businesses and to recognise the tireless efforts of communities across the country who work to clean up, green up and beautify Scotland’s villages, towns and cities. I would like to commend the groups from Angus for their fantastic work. It is thanks to their efforts that local spaces and places they treasure are maintained to such high standards.”
Beautiful Scotland is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful, a member of the Bloom Federation which is run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). All entries are judged by an expert team on their year-round achievements and the awards are presented to those who achieve the highest scores in their categories. Discretionary Awards are also given to those who demonstrate excellence in their commitment to the campaign.
Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach said: “Congratulations to this year’s Beautiful Scotland winners whose dedication and commitment to keeping their communities clean and green is incredible. Some of the creative ways that Scottish groups have improved sustainability by recycling and reducing waste, got children involved in the growing and embraced wildlife-friendly planting have really shone out – they are an inspiration.”