At last year’s Beautiful Scotland awards Cumbernauld picked up the prestigious Best Small City trophy, bringing Beautiful Scotland silverware to the town for the first time ever. Now the date has been set for this year’s assessment with Beautiful Scotland judges coming to Cumbernauld on Thursday 7th August.
Cumbernauld Environmental Society are again co-ordinating the town’s Beautiful Scotland entry and hope to retain the Best Small City trophy for another year. Adam Smith, Vice-Chair of the group, said “Last year’s award win was fantastic for Cumbernauld and saw the town featured in national press, commenting on our transition from Carbuncle to Beautiful. We’ve put together a strong program for this year’s judging visit which will show off some of the best environmental and community projects which have taken place in Cumbernauld over the last year, focussing on the Beautiful Scotland themes of Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility, and Community Participation.
“On Thursday 7th August, Beautiful Scotland judges will visit the Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden project in Greenfaulds, Broadwood Loch, the Scottish Spina Bifida Association’s Family Support Centre garden at Craighalbert, Cumbernauld Community Park, Abronhill Primary School’s Outdoor Classroom, New College Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld Wildlife Garden, and the judges will also hear about the Cumbernauld Town Centre Action Plan and recent environmental improvements. Within our category this year, our ‘competition’ is Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy but Cumbernauld has a great chance of holding on to the Beautiful Scotland Best Small City trophy for another year and we look forward to hearing the result at the Beautiful Scotland Award Ceremony in Dundee on Friday 5th September”.
Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden, the first phase of which will be officially opened at a ceremony on Sunday 3rd August, has also been nominated for a Beautiful Scotland Community Involvement Award. The project is being delivered by a number of community groups including Cumbernauld Environmental Society, Cumbernauld Rotary Club, Cumbernauld Royal British Legion, Cumbernauld Army Cadet Force, Cumbernauld Royal Air Force Cadets, and local scouts, with support from North Lanarkshire Council and Cumbernauld Community Forum, with generous donations from local organisations and businesses. The Peace Garden project will also find out if it has been successful at the Beautiful Scotland Award Ceremony on Friday 5th September.
A copy of this year’s Beautiful Cumbernauld portfolio can be accessed by clicking here [PDF, 3Mb].