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Celebrating green groups’ success at environmental awards

The wait is finally over and the results are in. After a nail-biting few weeks following the judging last month, the winners of this year’s Beautiful Scotland campaign were unveiled on Thursday 6 September at an exciting award ceremony.

Community groups, local authorities and businesses from all across Scotland gathered in St Mary's Church in Haddington to celebrate our annual Beautiful Scotland Awards. The day kicked off with tours by the council, followed by an awards dinner and presentation of awards and trophies. 

The ceremony, hosted by East Lothian Council, supports the achievements of entire villages, towns, cities, residential communities and Business Improvement Districts Scotland-wide in helping to improve the places they care for - with 51 groups receiving awards in 2018.

The event brought over 250 delegates from across Scotland together to celebrate their success and, during the ceremony awards were presented by a range of dignitaries including George Anderson from the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden. 

In 2018, 11 new entrants joined the competition. 13 category winners and 13 discretionary awards were presented on the night, alongside the prestigious Beautiful Scotland Rosebowl award, which was collected by St Andrews in Bloom as the highest scoring entrant. 

St Andrews in Bloom previously won the Rosebowl in 2013, when it was jointly awarded to four groups. The group was commended for its continued commitment to keeping the standard of planting, local environmental cleanliness and greenspace in the town at a high quality all year round. The volunteers were also praised for their innovation and artistic flair, with the judges noting that their success was attributable to the level of community participation and support.

The theme for this years campaign was Year of Young People and to celebrate the hard work the groups have done with their young communities Young Scot have sponsored an award which was awarded to Dunbar in Bloom in East Lothian. Dunbar in Bloom have engaged effectively with the young people in their neighbourhood, allowing them to learn new skills and take lead on some activities. 

Pete Leonard, Operations Director, of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:

“Now in its 52nd year, Beautiful Scotland continues to celebrate the achievements of Scotland’s outstanding volunteers, local authority staff and businesses and recognises the tireless efforts of communities across the country who work to clean up, green up and beautify Scotland’s villages, towns and cities.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted to celebrate and reward the dedication of all of our committed entrants. I would like to commend all of the groups for their fantastic work. It is thanks to their efforts that the local spaces and places they treasure are maintained to such high standards.”

East Lothian Provost, John McMillan, said:

“East Lothian was delighted to host the 2018 Beautiful Scotland Awards, which recognise the achievements of individuals, groups and businesses to improve their local environments. This summer’s weather posed considerable watering challenges but the resulting spectacular displays across the country, admired and appreciated by both residents and visitors alike, only reinforces the enthusiasm and commitment of the many volunteers.”

All entries are judged by an expert team on their year-round achievements and the awards are presented to those who achieve the highest scores in each category. Discretionary Awards are also given to those who demonstrate excellence in their commitment to the campaign.

It's been a fantastic year for Beautiful Scotland. Entries will open again in a few months time, keep your eyes peeled on our pages for more updates. 

06 September 2018

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