Medals all round for our beautiful communities

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Carnoustie, East Haven and Monifieth have all been rewarded for their hard work in beautifying their community spaces with national awards.

Community groups, local authorities and businesses from across Scotland gathered yesterday (Wednesday) at the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom to celebrate the 50th annual Beautiful Scotland Awards, organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The ceremony, hosted by Aberdeen City Council, recognised the hard work of communities the length and breadth of Scotland to clean up, green up and beautify the places that matter to them - including the efforts of three groups from Angus.

East Haven Together received a Gold Award and was named as the Coastal Village Category overall winner. The group was also presented with the Discretionary Garden for Life Biodiversity Award for its work on local conservation and biodiversity, helping to encourage and protect wildlife and flora and fauna locally, alongside engaging the wider community in its activities.

The other Angus award winners were:

Colourful Carnoustie - Gold Award

Monifieth Eco Force - Silver Award

Twelve category winners, with additional Discretionary Awards and the overall Rosebowl Award, were presented at the ceremony. All entries were assessed against the three core pillars of the Beautiful Scotland campaign - Horticultural Achievement; Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation.

The full list of Beautiful Scotland Award winning groups can be found here and images of the awards can be accessed here.

The event, which brought almost 300 delegates from across Scotland together in the city to receive their awards, saw George Anderson of the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden present almost 50 accolades - recognising the significant number of entrants into the gold anniversary competition.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:

“I would like to congratulate all of the Beautiful Scotland 2016 award winners. Quality local environments are vital to vibrant communities and good for business - helping to nurture respect for local places and improve wellbeing.

“All our Beautiful Scotland entrants have committed a lot of their own time and energy to make sure that Scotland’s outdoor spaces are kept clean, green and beautiful. The Beautiful Scotland awards ceremony provides the opportunity to showcase the role that they have played in making a difference. It is vital that we reward their efforts and celebrate their achievements.”