Area’s groups receive praise
Community work is recognised
Monklands community organisations received accolades for their environmental work at a ceremony run by Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB).
Glenboig neighbourhood house, Craigneuk allotment association and Friends of Centenary and West End Parks were among 32 projects to receive prestigious certificates of distinction.
All three also received “outstanding” level five awards at the It’s Your Neighbourhood awards ceremony, recognising groups for their “continued community participation, commitment to their environment and gardening achievements”.
Beverley Park residents’ association from Plains received an “advancing” level three prize for their work in their inaugural year.
Their projects to date include creating a new communal garden, planting more than 500 trees to set up a new woodland near Arbuckle Road and helping clean up an “long- term eyesore” area of the village’s Main Street which had become used for dumping.
KSB trustee board chair Dr Lindsay Montgomery said: “Congratulations and thanks to all the participants – their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment has helped to improve local environments Scotland-wide.
“These awards celebrate community efforts and every single volunteer has helped protect our precious local spaces, making a significant difference to neighbourhoods the length and breadth of the country.”
It’s Your Neighbourhood is run by KSB in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), and is a non-competitive initiative.
RHS head of community outreach Andrea Van-Sittart said: “These groups have given up their time to improve their areas and make a huge contribution to keeping Scotland clean, green and beautiful.”
These groups make a huge contribution to keeping Scotland beautiful
Organisers Keep Scotland Beautiful
Award GNH members Brian McKechnie and Sam Connell with Dr Lindsay Montgomery