On Tuesday 11th September, dedicated community groups from all over Scotland flocked to Motherwell Concert Hall to learn how they had fared in this year’s Beautiful Scotland competition. The glittering awards ceremony was hosted by North Lanarkshire Council who had embraced the Beautiful Scotland theme and transformed the hall into a sea of colourful flora.
The ceremony was opened with speeches from John Frater, Operations Director of Keep Scotland Beautiful; Jim Robertson, Provost of North Lanarkshire; and Helen McKenna, Convener of North Lanarkshire Council Environmental Services Committee; with Provost Robertson and Councillor McKenna also taking on presentation duties.
There were eleven categories in total, with Cumbernauld represented as an ‘Urban Community’ by both Condorrat Tenants and Residents Association, and Cumbernauld Village Action for the Community; and in the ‘Small City’ category for Cumbernauld as a whole, with the town entry co-ordinated by Cumbernauld Environmental Society.
Beautiful Scotland Awards are determined solely by score, so one category could find itself with no Bronze Awards, all Silver Awards, and no Gold Awards. This is exactly the situation the Small City category found itself in when Cumbernauld, and our North Lanarkshire neighbours Airdrie and Coatbridge, the only entrants in the category, all scooped Silver Awards. However, the judges scored Airdrie slightly higher and they ended up taking home the trophy.
Adam Smith of Cumbernauld Environmental Society, who collected the award on behalf of the town, said “The important thing is we have maintained the Silver Award level of achievement which isn’t an easy thing to do. We will receive our judging scoring sheets shortly which will allow us to see exactly what areas we need to work on and improve for next year as the work starts now to give us the best possible chance for Beautiful Scotland 2013. We thank all the local community groups who were involved in this year’s judging, and we will be acknowledging their invaluable input by hosting our own Awards Ceremony within the next few weeks”.
Condorrat Tenants and Residents Association and Cumbernauld Village Action for the Community were both also rewarded with Silver Awards in their category. The North Lanarkshire Beautiful Scotland Awards tally remains unchanged from last year, with ten Silver Awards and two Bronze Awards in total. The Beautiful Scotland Premier Award, The Rosebowl, was awarded to Glenrothes.