Group hope to bloom with award scheme

As­sess­ment change

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Will Hen­shaw

Com­mu­nity group Burn­side in Bloom are switch­ing back to an award scheme they think will help im­prove the com­mu­nity.

The com­mit­tee have been work­ing hard to trans­form the neigh­bour­hood through plant­ing eye catch­ing flo­ral ar­range­ments and keep­ing the streets lit­ter free.

The group has pre­vi­ously been as­sessed, and en­joyed suc­cess, with the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety and Beau­ti­ful Scot­land’s ‘Its Your Neigh­bour­hood’ scheme be­fore mov­ing to the Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful awards.

They have now re­turned to RHS, which sup­ports com­mu­nity groups in clean­ing up and green­ing up their im­me­di­ate lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment - whether that’s the street they live in, or a small patch of com­mu­nal land need­ing a re­vamp.

Mal­colm Pig­got, a mem­ber of the group, said the group have found this bet­ter serves their needs.

He added: “We felt that the Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful Awards didn’t suit us, we didn’t like the com­pet­i­tive­ness or be­ing up against other com­mu­ni­ties, we’re not re­ally in it for gongs, we’re in it to make Burn­side a bet­ter place.

“Some­one from It’s Your Neigh­bour­hood comes out and gives the area an ex­ter­nal as­sess­ment. They then give you feed­back which is more valu­able to us than prizes.”

They will find out what awards they have achieved later this year, when the asses­sor has drawn up their re­sults at a spe­cial cer­e­mony.

And the group have been busy in the sum­mer months. They will plant two bar­rier planters one on High­burgh Drive, spon­sored by the Royal Bank of Scot­land and one on Dukes Roads, spon­sored by Skye Den­tal Group.

Mal­colm added: “We’re look­ing for­ward to the asses­sor com­ing out to visit us.”

Bloom­ing great Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell Clearie (cen­tre) with the Burn­side in Bloom team

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