Going for Gold

With the Olympics in full swing, and with the Olympic Torch Relay having visited Cumbernauld on it’s only stop in North Lanarkshire, with Cumbernauld Olympians, Olympic judges from Cumbernauld, and with a clip from legendary Cumbernauld movie Gregory’s Girl being shown at the Opening Ceremony, we thought now was a good point to update you on our own bid for Gold.

On Friday 10th August, the Beautiful Scotland judges will be in Cumbernauld to review our entry in the Small City category of this year’s campaign. Cumbernauld’s best ever acheivement has been the Silver Award but this year we’re pushing for Gold.

Cumbernauld Environmental Society have planned a route for the judges which will allow them to see a number of the key landscaping and environmental highlights of Cumbernauld during their 3 hours and 30 minutes in the town. The route has also been deisgned to recognise the acheivements of local community groups and to celebrate their hard work and efforts over the last 12 months to make Cumbernauld a better place to live, work, and visit.

The route will see the judges start off at Dullatur Golf Club, before moving on to Carrickstone Nursing Home, Dullatur Village, Cumbernauld Village, Cumbernauld House Park, the YMCA/YWCA at Kildrum, Cumbernauld Town Centre, Greenfaulds Orchard, Watch Us Grow at Palacerigg, Ravenswood Marsh, Westfield Recycling Centre, Broadwood Loch, and Cumbernauld Community Park.

As part of the Beautiful Scotland campaign, all entrants must submit a portfolio, to show the judges areas of interest and importance that they may not see on the judging route and to bring together some of the key acheivements in one document. Cumbernauld’s portfolio has already received praise and you can download it here.

Our efforts have also received recognition in the Scottish Parliament with a motion put forward by constituency MSP, Jamie Hepburn. The motion (S4M-03735) reads: “That the Parliament notes that judges from the Beautiful Scotland 2012 campaign will be visiting Cumbernauld on 10 August 2012; notes that the town’s entry has been co-ordinated by the Cumbernauld Environmental Society and North Lanarkshire Council and that a portfolio has been produced by Adam Smith detailing the efforts of a number of the voluntary and community groups that aim to contribute to the improvement of the environment and landscapes in and around Cumbernauld; notes that, among the many groups, are Watch Us Grow, Hope Community Garden, Cumbernauld Community Park and Cumbernauld House Trust; recognises that the judges will be visiting a number of these groups to assess their achievements; believes that this award is an excellent way of recognising the positive contribution made by such groups and individuals, and wishes Cumbernauld success in the upcoming competition.”

We look forward to welcoming the judges to Cumbernauld and hope they enjoy their time spent learning more about our town. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday 11th September at Motherwell Concert Hall.

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