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Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Duke

Com­rie in Colour and Muthill in Bloom picked up Gold and Sil­ver Gilt awards re­spec­tively at a pres­ti­gious Beau­ti­ful Scot­land prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony.

Com­mu­nity groups, lo­cal author­i­ties and busi­nesses from all across Scot­land gath­ered in Dun­fermline on Thurs­day last week to cel­e­brate the an­nual awards, or­gan­ised by en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful.

The cer­e­mony, hosted by Fife Coun­cil, recog­nised the work un­der­taken in towns and vil­lages through­out the coun­try to help de­liver en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments in their lo­cal area – in­clud­ing the ef­forts of seven Perth and Kin­ross groups.

Provost of Fife Jim Leish­man is pic­tured pre­sent­ing a Beau­ti­ful Scot­land Gold Award to Muriel Gre­gory, He­len Buchan and Pa­tri­cia Robert­son from Com­rie in Colour.

Com­rie in Colour and Muthill in Bloom picked up Gold and Sil­ver Gilt awards re­spec­tively at the Beau­ti­ful Scot­land prize- giv­ing cer­e­mony held last Thurs­day.

Com­mu­nity groups, lo­cal author­i­ties and busi­nesses from all across Scot­land, gath­ered in Dun­fermline to cel­e­brate the an­nual awards, or­gan­ised by en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity, Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful.

The cer­e­mony, hosted by Fife Coun­cil, recog­nised the work un­der­taken in towns and vil­lages through­out Scot­land to help de­liver en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments in their lo­cal area - in­clud­ing the ef­forts of seven Perth and Kin­ross 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.

Thir­teen cat­e­gory win­ners, with 11 ad­di­tional Dis­cre­tionary Awards and the over­all Rose­bowl Award, were pre­sented at the cer­e­mony. All en­tries were as­sessed against the three core pil­lars of the Beau­ti­ful Scot­land cam­paign - Hor­ti­cul­tural Achieve­ment ; En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­spon­si­bil­ity and Com­mu­nity Par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Carole No­ble, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor of Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful, com­mented: “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.

“Perth and Kin­ross vol­un­teers and coun­cil em­ploy­ees 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.”

Roseanna Cun­ning­ham, MSP for Perthshire South & Kin­ross-shire, con­grat­u­lated all those from her con­stituency who were suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing awards and medals. Beau­ti­ful Perth also scooped the tro­phy for Best Large Town.

Ms Cun­ning­ham said: “I am de­lighted to note that it was another suc­cess­ful evening for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties at the Beau­ti­ful Scot­land Awards.

“All the var­i­ous bloom com­mit­tees do a fan­tas­tic job and put in a huge amount of ef­fort to en­hance the vis­ual en­vi­ron­ment of their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“A mas­sive well done to ev­ery­one in­volved and please keep up the good work.

“You have done us all proud.”

Please keep up the good work. You have done us all proud

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