UDDINGSTON and Bothwell are celebrating after winning their categories at the Keep Scotland Beautiful awards.
At the event in Motherwell Civic Centre the judges awarded Uddingston with the Urban Community Trophy, while Bothwell received the Small Town Trophy.
In addition Uddingston was just one of just five towns to received a gold medal for the second time, while Bothwell retained its silver gilt medal.
Uddingston Pride’s Alex Stephen said: “This achievement is the result of a great deal of dedication and hard work by the Uddingston Pride team lead by Liz Wilson, the enthusiastic staff of the land services department of South Lanarkshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, the churches, public houses and shops in the village community.
“Rosebank Nursery in the Clyde Valley, our plant and floral supplier, played a large part in our success by supplying quality plants and maintenance.
“Thanks are due to the council team, and to all the volunteers who came out and helped with the effort this summer. Thanks also to all those people who supported us in our fundraising events throughout the year.
“Without such support, this year’s success would not have been possible.”
As a result of their achievement Uddingston Pride will now go on to represent Scotland in next year’s Britain in Bloom event in 2013.
Brighter Bothwell secretary Bill Jack said: “We first entered the competition 12 years ago and every year have tried to learn and meet the judges expectations.
“This year we hoped to hold on to our silver gilt medal, but to be named best small town was the icing on the cake and everyone in the village who played their part should be congratulated for helping to add up all the judges points in order for us to reach this level.
“However, special thanks have to go to the land services department at South Lanarkshire Council.
“They did some great work for us by planting beds and a silver jubilee tree, hanging baskets and creating the Olympic Rings on Hamilton Road near Bothwell Bridge which all contributed to the ‘wow’ factor that we think the judges really liked.”
Also rewarded for their efforts were Beautiful Motherwell who picked a silver medal and Viewpark Conservation Group who left with a bronze medal.