Top prize for East Dunbartonshire group in litter artwork competition

The Clean Sweep Branch of Milngavie in Bloom fought off stiff competition to be selected as the winner in a our competition which saw communities from across Scotland compete to have their artwork displayed in the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, as part of a major exhibition highlighting the problems of single use drinks containers.

Communities the length and breadth of the country were challenged to take photographs of drinks litter and cup lids discarded in their local areas. Three finalists were selected from all of the entries for display as part of the exhibition and the Clean Sweep Branch of Milngavie in Bloom was presented with first place for its submission titled “The morning after the night before”.

For its entry the group put forward an image, taken by Frankie Livingston, which publicises problem drinks litter that the group tries to tackle in Milngavie. With Milngavie being the start of the West Highland Way, the group is faced with cleaning up a number of littered sites not far from the path, and the photograph is set to raise awareness of the issues faced locally as part of the bigger national picture. A copy of the image can be accessed here.

As the winning community group, Milngavie in Bloom will receive a professionally designed campaign collateral pack, featuring their own submission, to support them with their anti-littering activities locally.

Nicola Turner, Community Projects Officer, at Keep Scotland Beautiful, added: “I would like to congratulate Milngavie in Bloom for its creative and thought provoking entry. Their entry reflected the volunteers disappointment with problem litter in their community alongside their enthusiasm to tackling the important issue of discarded litter and drinks packaging.

“All entries to the competition clearly demonstrated that so much more needs to be done to reduce litter levels all over Scotland. Everyone’s participation in our exhibition helped to showcase not only the issue, but also a range of solutions.”

25 October 2017

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