Margaret from Milngavie In Bloom is a blooming hero – that’s official!

Margaret McBain getting award'Photo Emma Mitchell'29/7/13
Margaret McBain getting award'Photo Emma Mitchell'29/7/13

Marvellous Margaret McBain has shown real flower power by scooping a prestigious award for her efforts to keep her town beautiful.

Margaret – who has been a member of Milngavie In Bloom (MIB) from its early days – was named ‘Hero of the Month’ by Clean Up Scotland, a campaign by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

It is recognition for her work with MIB to improve the town.

Margaret started the group’s Clean Sweep project to collect litter in the area two years ago and now she has 40 volunteers on her books.

They go out two mornings a month to pick up litter which she says never seems to abate although they do feel they are making progress in some areas.

Margaret also does community gardening twice a month as MIB has taken on the responsibility of many of the community flower boxes and beds from East Dunbartonshire Council.

The chairperson of Milngavie In Bloom, Heather Lindsay, said: “Margaret was the inspiration for Clean Sweep and she’s been working hard to get it established over the years.

“She’s done a fantastic job and this award is well deserved.”

Margaret (73), from Milngavie, is pleased that an average of 10 to 12 volunteers now regularly turn up for the Clean Sweep operations that she organises.

On getting the award, she said: “It’s very nice to have my hard work recognised.

“While I enjoy the gardening part of it more I thought it was equally as important to make sure the area is clean and tidy – after all there is no point in having beautiful 
flowers planted everywhere if they are surrounded by rubbish.

“I really enjoy being involved with Milngavie In Bloom and it’s great that we are getting bigger and involved in more projects.

“We work with the council as I felt that they needed our help because they weren’t getting around all the litter.”

Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson said: “I am delighted that Margaret has won this award.

“She thoroughly deserves it for her outstanding work in the community and for helping to keep Milngavie beautiful.

“Hopefully, this recognition will spur more people on to spare a little time to help out too. Well done, Margaret!”