Bridge of Allan steps up to the judging panel
ON July 30 two judges from the prestigious Beautiful Scotland competition, run by Scotland's charity for the environment Keep Scotland Beautiful, will visit the Friends of Bridge of Allan in to assess the hard work that the group has put in over the last year.
Friends of Bridge of Allan is one of 50 from across Scotland who have entered the Beautiful Scotland competition this year, and 20 highly experienced judges will be travelling the length and breath of the country to assess the groups achievements.
During the judging, each community will be assessed on: horticultural achievement, for example the design, quality and standard of maintenance of horticultural displays; sustainable development and biodiversity initiatives, such as projects to conserve energy, protect wildlife and habitats, the promotion of green transport, initiatives for waste minimisation, recycling, re-use and composting; environmental quality, for example the absence of litter, dog fouling, graffiti, fly-posting and weeds; and last but not least, community involvement.
The 50 groups will find out their level of achievement at an Award Ceremony, being held this year in Motherwell, on Tuesday 11th September. The overall winners will receive the sought after Rosebowl Trophy, and there will also be discretionary awards for outstanding performance in a specific area, such as biodiversity, tourism, and sustainability.
A selection of the winning communities will also be nominated for entry into the 2013 Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom competition.
Helen Darvill, Environmental Quality Coordinator at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: "Keep Scotland Beautiful would like to wish all the Beautiful Scotland groups the best of luck with the competition. We are thrilled that so many groups from across Scotland have entered this year, and hope that the judges are impressed during their visit. It is wonderful that we are able to acknowledge and reward the groups hard work, commitment, and dedication to improving their local areas for residents and visitors alike, by inviting them to attend the Awards Ceremony, and I look forward to congratulating them in person then!"
After their success in winning the Best Small Town award for the past two years the Friends of Bridge of Allan are making every effort to achieve a hat trick of wins. Volunteers will be active in the village up to the eve of judging to ensure that the village is looking at its very best on the day. Residents are requested to assist where they can by ensuring that the village is "spick and span", litter free and looking at its very best for the 30th.
For information on how to join in next year's campaigns and see similar benefits in your community, contact Juliette Camburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01786 477 171.
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