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Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street competition launches

This year, we are once again joining forces with Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) and the Sunday Herald to search for Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street.

The competition is part of a number of initiatives we’re helping to deliver as part of a new strategic partnership with STP – Scotland’s largest towns’ collective.

Through this new alliance, we will assist STP and its partners to increase the environmental appeal of Scotland’s towns. Other initiatives include Placemaking pilots, and a Cleaner-Greener Toolkit to support town and city centres.

Nominations for Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street open today and close on 30th September 2018. We will then shortlist the entries and the public will get to vote and crown the winner.

The competition ran for the first time in 2017 and was won by Forres. It is complementary to our Beautiful Scotland and Its Your Neighbourhood awards, which are both formally assessed by judges, and allows the public to have their say as the winner is chosen by popular vote.

Any organisation or individual can enter their High Street, and so we call on local authorities, business improvement districts, development trusts, community councils and any other local group to apply. Groups that took part in the previous competition are also welcome to re-enter. 

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership said, “Now in its second year, we’re excited to be on the hunt for Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street once more.

“Scotland's Towns and smaller settlements account for 70% of our population base. Aside from their significant economic contribution in terms of commerce and employment, they provide a living record of our history and heritage.

“We need to celebrate our towns and empower our communities to ensure that Scotland's towns remain vibrant and continue to play a vital role in our nation's future.”

Pete Leonard, Operations Director at Keep Scotland Beautiful said, “A flourishing high street is a symbol of an active, engaged community.

“We know that good quality environments are good for businesses. We also know that working together, we can all enjoy cleaner, greener and more sustainable spaces. So why not nominate a high street near you and get the credit you deserve for improving the place you care about.”

 

Find out how to enter Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street competition.

 

29 August 2018

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