Town wins beauty award

CARNOUSTIE was this week awarded a prestigious prize in the Beautiful Scotland competition for 2011.

Independent environmental organisation Keep Scotland Beautiful presented the town with a Bronze certificate for their efforts in Rothesay, Bute, on Monday.

Carnoustie achieved their award in the medium town category and was one of the 65 towns competing for this accolade.

The award was presented by Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, and Scottish actor and comedian Johnny Beattie.

The ceremony is the result of a year’s hard work for many communities. The judging is based on the cleanliness, the sustainabilitly and the beauty of the area. Expert judges toured the country assessing three main themes: horticultural achievement; environmental responsibility and community participation.

Mr Robertson said: “Beautiful Scotland celebrates the communities which are working to improve and enhance their local areas through environmental education, community participation, and encouraging litter-free environments as well as horticulture.”

Carnoustie community council vice-chairman Ed Oswald said: “We are absolutely delighted to be taking another step up the ladder, as last year we won a merit certificate, and hopefully we can continue to build on this for next year.

“Special thanks go to the sub-committee of the community council for all their hard work.”