Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 11:17 BST on Thursday, 3rd August 2012.
Cumbernauld Environmental Society gear up for Beautiful Scotland judges' arrival

There is just one week left until Cumbernauld receives a visit from Beautiful Scotland’s competition judges.

On Friday 10th August, two judges from Beautiful Scotland, a project which is run by Scottish environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, will visit Cumbernauld to assess the hard work that has been put in to improving Cumbernauld’s landscape and environment over the last year, by groups such as the Cumbernauld Environmental Society.

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

As the judges visit the groups across Scotland they will assess things such as horticultural achievement, such as the design, quality and standard of maintenance of horticultural displays, sustainable development and biodiversity initiatives, which include projects to conserve energy, protect wildlife and habitats, the promotion of green transport, initiatives for waste minimisation, recycling, re-use and composting, environmental quality, for example 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, on Tuesday 11th September, this year, with the main overall winners receiving the Rosebowl Trophy, with discretionary awards for outstanding performance in a specific area, such as biodiversity, tourism, and sustainability. Additionally, 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, said: “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!”

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