Angus groups urged to enter awards

Communities are encouraged to enter the Beautiful Scotland awards.
Communities are encouraged to enter the Beautiful Scotland awards.

Angus communities are being called upon to take part in this year’s annual Beautiful Scotland awards and repeat last year’s success.

The awards bring communities together to help deliver local environmental improvements and recognise efforts by volunteers Scotland-wide to enhance local areas.

In 2016 three entries for Beautiful Scotland came from Angus and one for ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’. Both Colourful Carnoustie and East Haven together were awarded Beautiful Scotland gold awards.

The competition, which this year will focus on birds, bees and trees, is run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

Beautiful Scotland celebrates and supports the achievements of entire villages, towns, cities, residential communities and Business Improvement Districts from across Scotland who help to improve the places they care for.

Smaller-scale projects such as community allotments, friends of parks groups, after-school clubs and community gardens can celebrate too by entering the non-competitive ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaign.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood give us the opportunity to reward the efforts of the amazing volunteers who work tirelessly year after year to ensure Scotland’s cities, towns, villages and local communities are maintained to excellent standards.

“Communities are doing their bit to keep local spaces in Angus clean, green and beautiful and all too often these efforts are overlooked. Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood are an annual celebration of the outstanding achievements of thousands of volunteers who enhance the areas they live in, and are an opportunity to put their efforts in the national spotlight.”

The Beautiful Scotland programme has an extensive set of categories and awards, with judging focused on the core areas of horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation. A number of category winners can then progress to represent Scotland at UK level in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition.

The It’s Your Neighbourhood programme gives support, encouragement and national recognition to community groups working under the three core aims of community participation, environmental responsibility and community participation.

Registration for the awards and It’s Your Neighbourhood is now open. Further information can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/beautifulscotland and www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/IYN