Beautiful Scotland Judges Head To Dunfermline (24/07/13)

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24th July 2013

BEAUTIFUL SCOTLAND JUDGES HEAD TO DUNFERMLINE

Judges from Beautiful Scotland and Beautiful Fife will visit Dunfermline this week to assess improvements made by the ‘Dunfermline in Bloom’ scheme set up between Fife Council and Fife BIDs company, Dunfermline Delivers. 

Seeking to improve the environment in local communities, entrants are judged on horticultural achievements, environmental responsibility and community participation.  The judging will be a culmination of many months of hard work across the city.

Hoping to achieve in the ‘horticultural achievements’ category, teams from Dunfermline Delivers have set about improving and maintaining the floral displays and flowerbeds around the city which are also hoped to increase civic pride for Dunfermline residents.

As part of the overall strategy for regeneration, Dunfermline’s city centre has also seen the upgrading of street furniture and the on-going removal of chewing gum from the streets. In an effort to tackle environmental responsibility within the city, Dunfermline Delivers have also recently launched a bin replacement and recycling scheme through their ‘Going Green’ campaign.

The Beautiful Scotland competition has attracted 55 entries from across the country, an increase of 3 on last year, all of whom are seeking to win the coveted national award which is announced in Aberdeen at the Beach Ballroom on 6th September.

Overall winners will receive the highly sought-after Rosebowl Trophy whilst there will also be discretionary awards for communities indicating outstanding performances in a specific area, such as biodiversity, tourism, and sustainability. 

A selection of the winning communities will be nominated to compete in the 2014 Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom competition

Commenting on the upcoming judging, Carole Noble, Head of Environmental Services at Keep Scotland Beautiful said: 

“This is the culmination of many months of hard work in preparing entries and ensuring that the best possible impact on the local environment can be demonstrated. The increased number of entries this year demonstrates how highly these awards are valued, and also that the competition will be especially heated this year. All entries will be invited to the national awards event – it will, once again, be an exciting and uplifting event.

I’m delighted to commend the work of Dunfermline in Bloom, wish them the very best of luck, and encourage the wider community to celebrate the undoubted quality of the work that has been done. I’m sure everyone’s fingers will be crossed!”

Dunfermline Delivers Chief Executive, Maggie Mitchell added: “Dunfermline is a lovely city and one we should be proud of. Floral enhancements help enhance the street scape and provide enjoyment to many people.”

Judges are set to arrive on the 25th of July for Beautiful Fife judging, and again on the 1st and 7th of August for Beautiful Scotland judging.

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Notes to editors

PHOTO CAPTION:

Local girls Charlotte McCrea (8) and Emily White (9) admire one of Dunfermline’s newly acquired floral displays ahead of Beautiful Fife and Beautiful Scotland judging taking place over the next few weeks.

Beautiful Fife is a campaign to protect, preserve and enhance the environment of Fife's towns, villages and countryside by promoting the prevention and control of litter and improving the quality of the local environment for residents and visitors. The awards programme ensures that communities are properly rewarded for their efforts in improving their local environments.

Beautiful Scotland is a long-established community environmental improvement campaign run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. Previously known as Beautiful Scotland in Bloom, the programme supports community groups across Scotland as they seek to improve and enhance their local environment. Further details at: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/beautifulscotland

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