MILNGAVIE In Bloom has scooped two prestigious prizes in this year’s Keep Scotland Beautiful awards ceremony.
The group’s treasurer Andy and his wife Julia Muir travelled to the event on the Isle of Bute, Rothesay, on Monday to collect the New Entrant Trophy and silver medal certificate for the large town category.
The judges assessed community groups on their work over the past year to improve their local enviroment in three categories - horticulturally, environmental responsibility and community participation.
Milngavie in Bloom competed against 65 organisations from across Scotland and the judges visited them in August.
Thelma Will, vice chairperson of Milngavie in Bloom, said: “We were absolutely delighted to win these awards, it was very unexpected.
“We would like to thank Beautiful Scotland, the tireless helpers who come out in all weathers to weed, sweep and plant and the financial support which we receive from folk in the street who press fivers into our hands. Also East Dunbartonshire Council and the many other organisations, individuals and firms who support us. We couldn’t do it without them.”
East Dunbartonshire’s Provost Eric Gotts, said: “I’m really delighted that Milngavie In Bloom achieved not one but two awards, this was no mean feat for such a prestigious competition.
“Well done to the team of dedicated volunteers.”
The write-up in the awards ceremony brochure said: “Previously a thriving ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ entry, Milngavie in Bloom has made a very good start in the Beautiful Scotland competition. It has successfully engaged with groups of all ages including a youth cafe and sheltered housing complex.
The result is a very colourful, pleasant town for all.”
The chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, Derek Robertson, was master of ceremonies on the day along with Scottish actor and comedian, Johnny Beattie.
Michael Russell, MSP, was also there, and said: “I know that the groups involved are well rewarded, not just by getting national recognition, but also by ensuring that their own town or village is looking its best and reflecting best practice in this modern, greener, world.
“Everyone who takes part in this deserves thanks from their fellow citizens because we want the whole country to look as good as possible, and to be as environmentally aware as possible.”
Derek Robertson said: “We celebrate the communities which are working to improve their local areas through environmental education, community participation, and encouraging litter-free environments as well as horticulture.
“These awards go some way to recognising all the hard work that volunteers and local authorities put in throughout the year to ensure that everyone can enjoy clean, sustainable and beautiful surroundings.”