Beautiful Scotland Awards celebrate Falkirk success

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Beautiful Scotland Awards celebrate Falkirk success

National awards ceremony recognises Falkirk’s environmental efforts

Community groups, local authorities and businesses from all across Scotland, gathered in Dunfermline on Thursday 7th September to celebrate the annual Beautiful Scotland Awards, organised by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful.
The ceremony, hosted by Fife Council, recognised the work undertaken in communities throughout Scotland to help deliver environmental improvements in their local area – including the efforts of Falkirk Delivers.

Falkirk Delivers lifted 2 major accolades at the annual Beautiful Scotland Awards, winning Gold certification for the town and the overall winners in the BID category. Judges visited the town on 2nd August and saw first-hand the wide range of standout initiatives currently being delivered by the BID, all of which focus on creating a clean and attractive town centre.

BID Manager, Alex Fleming said “We have been involved with the Beautiful Scotland Awards since the inclusion of a BID category in 2012 and this is the second time Falkirk Delivers has won the top award. Whilst things like town centre community engagement and floral enhancement are important, judges were impressed with the diversity of projects happening in the town, from our fast response to the removal of graffiti and flyposting to our seasonal weeding regime and innovative partnership approach to tackling anti-social behaviour.”

The group was commended for coming on leaps and bounds since 2016, when it received Silver. The judges commended Falkirk Delivers for introducing colour at various locations throughout the town, including Newmarket Street and the High Street. It was also recognised for the development of ‘Dig in Falkirk’ a fantastic partnership initiative run by Falkirk Council, Falkirk Delivers and Forth Environment Link. Local businesses and community groups, The Rotary Club of Falkirk, The Conservation Volunteers, Under the Trees CIC, The Woodcraft Folk, Bright House and Nationwide Building Society have taken over town centre planters and planted the pocket allotments with an assorted range of edibles on offerings.

Richard Broadley, Planning & Environment Manager, Falkirk Council said “This is great news for Falkirk. Winning Gold certification and overall winner in the BID category at the Beautiful Scotland Awards is a clear recognition of the huge amount of hard work that so many people and partners are putting in to make Falkirk a clean and attractive town centre. I particularly want to congratulate the innovative “Dig in Falkirk” project which, thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, has been a first for Falkirk which was clearly recognised and valued by the Judges in their decision making. Many, many congratulations go to Falkirk Delivers for co-ordinating this action and of course all the groups, volunteers and Council departments involved in making this work in partnership. These awards are recognition of all their efforts.”

The Beautiful Scotland competition, which is run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), brings communities together to help clean up and beautify the places that matter to them – and recognises the efforts of volunteers across Scotland as they work to enhance their own community.

Thirteen category winners, with 11 additional Discretionary Awards and the overall Rosebowl Award, were presented at the ceremony. All entries were assessed against the three core pillars of the Beautiful Scotland campaign – Horticultural Achievement; Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation.

The event, which brought over 250 delegates from across Scotland together in Dunfermline to receive their awards, saw Depute Provost of Fife, Councillor Julie Ford, present 25 accolades – recognising the high number of entrants into the competition.

Carole Noble, Operations Director of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:
“Beautiful Scotland provides the opportunity for Scotland to celebrate the outstanding achievements of volunteer groups across the country and recognises the significant contribution they make in helping to improve our local environmental quality.
“Falkirk businesses and volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure that the local spaces and places that they treasure are maintained to excellent standards. I would like to commend them on their efforts.

“In 2017 the campaign in Scotland reaches its 51st year. Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted to, once again, celebrate and reward the dedication and achievements of the committed volunteers who create places that are good for our health, wealth and happiness.”

Beautiful Scotland is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful, a member of the RHS Bloom Federation. Entrants are judged by a team of expert volunteer judges on their year-round achievements. Awards are presented to a range of local authorities and communities who have achieved the highest scores in their categories, with Discretionary Awards given to those who demonstrate excellence in their commitment to the campaign. Some of the winners will go on to represent Scotland in RHS Britain in Bloom in 2017.

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