Groups gather at Civic for Beautiful Scotland

MOTHERWELL Concert Hall will host the Beautiful Scotland awards this week.

More than 50 groups from all over Scotland, including 12 from North Lanarkshire, will gather at the venue to collect their awards on Tuesday.

North Lanarkshire is no stranger to such awards, having collected 13 trophies and 42 medals in the main campaign since 2009.

Another 71 awards have been presented to North Lanarkshire community groups in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaign, the non-competitive scheme for volunteer-led teams working together to make positive changes to local communities.

Results for the 2012 IYN campaign will be announced separately, on Wednesday, October 31.

Councillor Helen McKenna, convener of environmental services, said: “The people of North Lanarkshire have done an incredible job in achieving so many awards.

“All over the area there are community groups working on projects of various shapes and sizes, all of which have one thing in common - they’re improving local environments.

“Without their efforts Beautiful North Lanarkshire would never have been the success that it is. Working together, we’re creating a new image for North Lanarkshire and a greater sense of civic pride across all our communities.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming them all, and their fellow contestants, to the Beautiful Scotland Awards, where we’ll have a lot to celebrate, whatever the results.”

North Lanarkshire Provost Councillor Jim Robertson will help Councillor McKenna present the awards.

The whole event is run by Scotland’s leading charity for the environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful, in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Helen Darvill, environmental quality coordinator at KSB, said: “We are extremely grateful that North Lanarkshire Council has kindly agreed to host this year’s awards.

“North Lanarkshire has been actively involved in the campaign for a few years now, and today we are able to bring representatives from communities across Scotland to see the work and dedication shown in the area.”

Entrants will be assessed on horticultural achievements, environmental responsibility and community involvement across 11 categories, from Wee Village to City.

North Lanarkshire’s entrants in the main campaign include Motherwell and the Viewpark Conservation Group.