Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:59 GMT on Tuesday, 13th November 2012.
Cumbernauld community groups have their work recognised at It’s Your Neighbourhood awards


NUMEROUS Cumbernauld community groups have been championed by Scotland’s charity for the environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful.


The charity has recognised the work of 16 community groups from North Lanarkshire with green accolades at an awards ceremony in the Stirling Albert Halls on 31st October 2012.


Aimed at community groups making environmental improvements, the non-competitive It’s Your Neighbourhood programme, gives support and recognition to those cleaning up and greening up their immediate local areas; from the street they live in, to a patch of communal land, or a shared outdoor space.


George Anderson, BBC Beechgrove Garden Presenter and Beautiful Scotland and

It’s Your Neighbourhood Advisory Group Member announced the levels of achievement attained by the following groups:


  • Airdrie and District Angling Club
  • Carbrain & Hillcrest Community Council Pride in Carbrain
  • Chapelhall Allotment Association
  • Condorrat Tenants and Residents Association
  • Craigneuk Allotments
  • Cumbernauld Environmental Society - Greenfaulds Orchard
  • Drumpellier Neighbourhood Watch
  • Friends of Centenary and West End Parks
  • Friends of Cumbernauld Community Park
  • Greenend & Sikeside Tenants & Residents Association
  • Greenhead Moss Community Nature Park
  • Plains Community and School Allotments
  • Shotts E.U. Church
  • Thornlie Primary School
  • Townhead Coatbridge Community Garden
  • Woodlands Estate Residents Association


It’s Your Neighbourhood attracts the interest of hundreds of volunteers who commit thousands of hours to looking after their communities on a voluntary basis each year.

A total of 105 groups were visited during the summer by volunteer advisors so that the three themes - community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement – could be discussed and assistance offered.


Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “It’s Your

Neighbourhood celebrates the hard work of community groups which pull together to improve and enhance their local areas.


“These volunteers dedicate thousands of hours of their own spare time to green up their communities and make them better places for Scots in which to live and work. Their commitment and dedication cannot be understated and make a huge difference to the quality of life in Scotland.


“It’s Your Neighbourhood is also a further example of partnership working, in this case with the RHS. However, Keep Scotland Beautiful also enjoys mutually beneficial collaborations with several partners such as the local authorities, housing associations and businesses big and small, all for the benefit of nurturing and enhancing the environment in Scotland.


“We look forward to maintaining and developing such relationships with existing partners but also anticipate forging similar collaborations with other organisations who are keen to underline their green credentials’.


George Anderson added: “It has been wonderful to present certificates to volunteers from across Scotland in recognition of all the endless hours they have committed to ensure that visitors and local community members are able to enjoy colourful and sustainable surroundings. The work of the groups is tremendous, from creating bountiful community allotments, to improving school grounds, and creating new wildlife habitats; the variety of environmental activities is inspiring”.

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