Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:18 BST on Thursday, 3rd July 2012.
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth's MSP wishes Cumbernauld well ahead of Beautiful Scotland competition

With only one week left until the Beautiful Scotland judges roll into town, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth’s SNP MSP, Jamie Hepburn, has wished Cumbernauld well in the upcoming Keep Scotland Beautiful Campaign.

Cumbernauld’s MSP has lodged motion in the Scottish Parliament to send his best wishes to the Cumbernauld Environmental Society who are spearheading the town’s efforts to be recognised by the Beautiful Scotland 2012 campaign.

Mr Hepburn was contacted by representatives of the Society to make him aware of an impending visit by campaign judges to the local area on 10th August, and that an extensive portfolio of the variety of local projects coordinated by the array of community groups has also been prepared in support of the bid, which follows success for the town in previous years of Beautiful Scotland awards.

The MSP’s motion (S4M-03735) reads: “That the Parliament notes that judges from the Beautiful Scotland 2012 campaign will be visiting Cumbernauld on 10 August 2012; notes that the town’s entry has been co-ordinated by the Cumbernauld Environmental Society and North Lanarkshire Council and that a portfolio has been produced by Adam Smith detailing the efforts of a number of the voluntary and community groups that aim to contribute to the improvement of the environment and landscapes in and around Cumbernauld; notes that, among the many groups, are Watch Us Grow, Hope Community Garden, Cumbernauld Community Park and Cumbernauld House Trust; recognises that the judges will be visiting a number of these groups to assess their achievements; believes that this award is an excellent way of recognising the positive contribution made by such groups and individuals, and wishes Cumbernauld success in the upcoming competition.”

Commenting, Mr Hepburn said: “Our area has been recognised by the Keep Scotland Beautiful charity through their Beautiful Scotland awards previously, and I hope it will be recognised again at this year’s awards.

“The efforts of a variety of organisations are set out in superb detail in the portfolio that has been prepared by the Cumbernauld Environmental Society in support of the town’s bid. It is amazing to be reminded of how so many different projects exist locally that are designed to improve our local environment, which this portfolio serves to do.

“We are fortunate to have such a good environment in our local area, and that is of course testament to those who maintain it. I hope those efforts are recognised by Keep Scotland Beautiful.”

Jamie Hepburn’s comments come as Cumbernauld Environmental Society announce the route the judges will take when they come to Cumbernauld one week today.

The route will see the judges start off at Dullatur Golf Club, before moving on to Carrickstone Nursing Home, Dullatur Village, Cumbernauld Village, Cumbernauld House Park, the YMCA/YWCA at Kildrum, Cumbernauld Town Centre, Greenfaulds Orchard, Watch Us Grow at Palacerigg, Ravenswood Marsh, Westfield Recycling Centre, Broadwood Loch, and Cumbernauld Community Park.

Online, the Environmental Society said: We look forward to welcoming the judges to Cumbernauld and hope they enjoy their time spent learning more about our town.”

The presentation ceremony for this year’s awards will be held on Tuesday 11th September at Motherwell Concert Hall.

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