Earlier today, Monday 27th October, six groups from the Cumbernauld area were awarded ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ awards by Keep Scotland Beautiful at the organisation’s annual seminar in Stirling.
Assessors from the It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign visited Cumbernauld earlier this year and judged the group against a range of criteria encompassing community participation, environmental responsibility, and gardening achievement. Each entrant receives a score ranging from zero to 100, and a corresponding level from one (Establishing) to five (Outstanding).
This year six groups from the Cumbernauld area entered the competition including: the Friends of Cumbernauld Community Park (Outstanding); the Friends of Cumbernauld House Park (Level 3 – Developing); Hope Community Garden (Level 4 – Thriving); Pride in Carbrain – Carbrain & Hillcrest Community Council (Thriving); and Watch Us Grow (Developing).
Also collecting an award at today’s ceremony was the Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden project; led by Cumbernauld Environmental Society, with the support of a large number of local organisations and community groups. The award was collected by representatives of local Scouts, Army Cadets, and Air Force Cadets, all of whom have been instrumental in developing the Peace Garden project to what it is today.
Bobby Johnstone, Chair of Cumbernauld Environmental Society, said “I would like to thank Keep Scotland Beautiful for promoting and organising this wonderful event. We are very proud of the hard work and dedication from all our members, but it has been a great privilege for my colleagues and I to work with such wonderful young people who are a credit to their respective organisations. We thank them, and their group leaders, for the tremendous amount of hard work they have put in to this project and we are all extremely proud of each and every one of them”.
Each of the groups who have worked on the Peace Garden project will be presented with their own copies of the It’s Your Neighbourhood award certificate at a special ceremony later this year.