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Beautiful Scotland Winners Announced

The coastal town of Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute in Argyll & Bute, has scooped the premier Beautiful Scotland award to discover the cleanest, most sustainable and beautiful community in Scotland.

23 Sep 10

The coveted Rosebowl Trophy was presented to representatives from the town at an awards ceremony in the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, on Wednesday 22 September, by the Provost of Fife, Frances Melville. She said of the day, “Communities throughout Scotland continue to make significant efforts to improve their local environments and this project recognises and celebrates those achievements. Fife Council is delighted to be hosting this year’s event and it’s a real honour to be able to welcome the representatives from across Scotland to the Kingdom”.

Another Premier Award, the Best Village Shield, was awarded to the Scottish Borders village of Newcastleton.

John Summers OBE, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, and master of ceremonies at the Awards said, “Beautiful Scotland celebrates the communities which are working to improve and enhance their local areas through environmental education, recycling, and encouraging litter-free environments as well as horticulture. These awards presented today go some way to recognising all the hard work that volunteers and local authorities put in throughout the year to ensure that visitors and local community members are able to enjoy clean, sustainable and beautiful surroundings.”

A total of 73 communities across Scotland entered the 2010 Beautiful Scotland competition and were visited by highly experienced judges during a national judging tour in August. The judges assess three themes, namely Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation.

The award ceremony is the climax of a year of continuous work by local people throughout Scotland and, as well as the presentation of various awards, medals were also given to the community groups who have toiled hard to successfully transform their local environments.

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