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Community groups a certified success


Four North Lanarkshir­e community groups were recognised with certificat­es of distinctio­n for their continuous environmen­tal improvemen­ts at an annual Keep Scotland Beautiful awards ceremony.

Glenboig Developmen­t Trust, Friends of Centenary and West End Parks in Airdrie, Greenhead Moss conservati­on group in Wishaw and Pride in Carbrain all received top recognitio­n at the It’s Your Neighbourh­ood virtual event.

They were among 15 local projects to be honoured – with all four also receiving the charity’s level five “outstandin­g” award, alongside Beverley Park and Ballochney Brae residents’ associatio­n in Plains, and Viewpark Gardens allotments.

Level-four “thriving” awards went to Friends of Monkland Canal, the Chryston community garden run by Northern Corridor community volunteers, and Gartcosh tenants’ and residents’ associatio­n.

Upperton residents’ committee received a level-three “advancing” award for their local environmen­tal projects, as did Westfield community garden in Kilsyth.

Friends of Gartcosh earned level-two “improving” status, and certificat­es of recognitio­n went to Getting Better Together in Shotts, Hope community garden in Cumbernaul­d and Viewpark Gardens Trust.

Each group was visited by a volunteer assessor, and the local participan­ts were honoured for projects including gardening and horticultu­re improvemen­ts, tackling litter problems and improving their neighbourh­oods.

The online awards ceremony recognised the efforts of 200 groups across Scotland in looking after their local areas and contributi­ng to efforts to “combat climate change and support biodiversi­ty”, with participan­ts also hearing about opportunit­ies to get involved with Scotland’s climate festival.

Keep Scotland Beautiful deputy chief executive Catherine Gee said: “It’s brilliant to be celebratin­g the work of these communitie­s in North Lanarkshir­e who are taking action; we know that across the country, people are committed to improving and enhancing the places that they care about.

“It’s Your Neighbourh­ood entrants [are] doing their bit to understand their own greenhouse emissions and to support nature in the places they care about – they’re making a real difference and I would like to thank them for inspiring us every day.”

The annual environmen­tal event is part of the Uk-wide RHS Britain in Bloom campaign, and community developmen­t manager Kay Clark added: “Gardening groups are showing that they can bring communitie­s together, transform outdoor spaces and work in support of wildlife and the local environmen­t.”

Online registrati­on for the 2022 programme will open in mid-january on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website at https:// www.keepscotla­ndbeautifu­

 ?? ?? Digging deep Councillor Allan Graham with Northern Corridor community volunteers
Digging deep Councillor Allan Graham with Northern Corridor community volunteers

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