Brighten up Kirkconnel
The Brighten up Group’s main objective is to continually improve the visual appearance of the village by means of floral displays and by highlighting the heritage of the village, making it an improved, brighter place to live for local residents and an interesting, colourful place for visitors to appreciate.
In 2017 the group won the 'Jim Murdie Trophy for Sustainability' for its War Memorial sustainable planting:
In January 2017, the group was successful in being awarded £2,750 from SSE Clyde (Dumfries & Galloway) Community Fund to enhance the village War Memorial with permanent, sustainable planting. Over 150 shrubs were planted, finished with bark mulch to keep the beds weed free. The sustainable planting replaces annual bedding, and will now provide year-round appeal