Machars winners prove their part in Beautiful Scotland

The Whithorn Evergreens
The Whithorn Evergreens

THE Whithorn Evergreens picked up a Silver Gilt accolade at the Beautiful Scotland awards on Monday with Wigtown scooping the Silver Gilt medal for the large village category.

The keep Scotland Beautiful competition saw three other winners in the east of the region and is the climax of a year of continuous work by local people throughout Scotland.

Galloway was judged in August and Derek Robertson, 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, community participation, 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.”

The five communities from our region were competing with 65 from across Scotland in the 2011 Beautiful Scotland competition and were visited by highly-experienced judges during a national tour in August to discover the cleanest, most sustainable and beautiful community in Scotland. The judges assess three themes, namely: horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.