Scots communities aim to capture Bute’s crown

Bute In Bloom members celebrate the group's triumph at the 2015 Beautiful Scotland awards.
Bute In Bloom members celebrate the group's triumph at the 2015 Beautiful Scotland awards.

Entries have opened for this year’s Beautiful Scotland competition - as communities across the country seek to capture the crown won by a Bute community group in 2015.

The campaign, and its sister ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ initiative, aimed at smaller community projects, are both managed by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, which wants groups from Argyll and Bute - and across Scotland - to register to take part in this year’s competition.

The campaigns focus on year round horticultural and gardening achievements, environmental responsibility and community participation, with recognition being given for exemplar work in areas such as tourism, biodiversity and sustainability.

The Bute In Bloom community group carried off the top Beautiful Scotland prize, the Rosebowl, at the 2015 awards ceremony in Perth in September - and took home the Best Coastal Town and Community Involvement prizes too.

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “All year round, communities from across Argyll and Bute are doing their bit to ensure local spaces are clean, green and beautiful, and all too often these efforts are overlooked - yet the economic value of the hours people in Scotland volunteer stands at almost £3 million a year.

“The Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood campaigns provide the opportunity for us to support the work that they do, celebrate their achievements and encourage even more communities to participate.

“Local environmental enhancement can make significant improvements to health and well-being in local communities, as well as creating further community cohesion.

“With more than two hundred groups taking part in last year’s initiatives, including overall 2015 Beautiful Scotland winner Bute in Bloom, we hope to see record breaking numbers participating in the 2016 golden anniversary celebrations - enhancing cities, towns and villages, and creating more civic pride Scotland-wide.”

All entrants - past and present - are also being asked to share images, photography and their own memories of taking part in the campaigns on social media using #beautifulscotland or via email to beautifulscotland@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

Online registration for both campaigns is now open. Further information can be found at the Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood websites.