Environmental honours for region
Community groups in Dumfries and Galloway are celebrating success at the Beautiful Scotland Awards.
The People’s Project in Dumfries won a gold award for large towns and Brighten Up Sanquhar won a silver gilt award.
Brighten up Kirkconnel shone at the ceremony, receiving a silver gilt medal certificate in the small village category.
And the group was also presented with the Jim Murdie Trophy for sustainability, recognising its efforts to undertake sustainable planting at the war memorial.
The awards, held in Dunfermline, are organised by the environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful to reward environmental efforts.
The ceremony, hosted by Fife Council,recognised the work undertaken in communities throughout Scotland to help deliver improvements in their local area - including the efforts of the three Dumfries and Galloway groups.
The Beautiful Scotland competition, which is run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), brings communities together to help clean up and beautify the places that matter to them - and recognises the efforts of volunteers across Scotland as they work to enhance their own community.
Carole Noble, operations director of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Beautiful Scotland provides the opportunity for Scotland to celebrate the outstanding achievements of volunteer groups across the country and recognises the significant contribution they make in helping to improve our local environmental quality.
“Dumfries and Galloway volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure that the local spaces and places that they treasure are maintained to excellent standards. I would like to commend them on their efforts.”
Celebration Supporters of The People’s Project in Dumfries with the award this week
All smiles Brighten Up Kirkconnel members with their award