Major honour for Milngavie In Bloom

Milngavie in bloom, with thier award'Jenny Overton,Margaret MacBain,Douglas Cameron,Sheila Cook,Nigel Thorp and Heather Lindsay'18/9/12'Photo Emma Mitchell
Milngavie in bloom, with thier award'Jenny Overton,Margaret MacBain,Douglas Cameron,Sheila Cook,Nigel Thorp and Heather Lindsay'18/9/12'Photo Emma Mitchell

MILNGAVIE in BloOM has scooped a silver medal in this year’s Beautiful Scotland Awards to recognise all their hard work to improve the local community.

They were also awarded a silver last year in the large town category and the new entrant trophy.

Councillor Jim Robertson, Provost of North Lanarkshire, and Councillor Helen McKenna on behalf of Keep Scotland Beautiful, presented Milngavie in Bloom members, Douglas and Ina Cameron, with their award at a special ceremony in Motherwell on Tuesday, September 11.

During the past year, the group has not only filled Milngavie’s streets and green spaces with colourful planters, it has expanded the work of the ‘clean sweep’ team to deal with litter along the West Highland Way, in car parks, established a wild flower bed along the start of the River Allander Walkway, and has worked with the Boys Brigade to plant the Fraser bed for the first year of the community garden project.

Judges visited Milngavie in July and August to examine horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.

Chairperson of Milngavie in Bloom, Heather Lindsay, said: “The volunteers hard work has paid off and they can be justly proud of their achievement.

“This is not only thanks to all those who help with the planting, weeding and pruning but to all the clean sweep team who have made a tremendous difference to the village.

“Margaret MacBain and Rona McLeod were greatly encouraged when ten volunteers from Asda helped 14 clean sweep volunteers to tidy the West Highland Way and other areas.

“The Boys Brigade are to be commended on the wonderful garden they created to show their badge in flowers. Locals and visitors have stopped in wonder to enjoy it - thanks to Val Dunn who co-ordinated the planning, planting and maintaining of the bed throughout the summer.”

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “The awards go some way to recognising the endless hours which volunteers and local authorities put in throughout the year.”

The community garden allows different organisations to have a presence in the precinct for a summer. Milngavie in Bloom is now looking for another group, organisation, church or school to plant up the bed next summer.

They’d be especially keen for younger members to be involved and they will help with advice and planting.

Contact Heather Lindsay by October 10 at heather.y.lindsay@btinternet.com or 956 1317 or talk to any other committee member.