Area’s groups re­ceive praise

Com­mu­nity work is recog­nised

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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

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