Awards de­light

En­vi­ron­men­tal honours for re­gion

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Lorna Thom­son

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

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