Beautiful Scotland success for Falkirk town centre team

Alex Fleming and Alastair Mitchell with Beautiful Scotland judge Andy Malcolm
Alex Fleming and Alastair Mitchell with Beautiful Scotland judge Andy Malcolm
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Falkirk has scooped a major prize in the Beautiful Scotland Awards

Town centre management group Falkirk Delivers was awarded a silver medal in the Business Improvement District category at an award ceremony in Aberdeen.

Judges who visited the town commented: ‘‘The Falkirk Delivers team has made a significant number of positive changes to the area in recent years.

The group has used the motto ‘Clean, Safe and Friendly’ as its key themes to enhance the area for business, residents and visitors.’’

Beautiful Scotland is a competition run by the independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. Entrants are judged on their year-round horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and their community participation.

The award ceremony is the climax of a year of continuous work by local people throughout Scotland and was attended by almost 150 people.

Awards were presented to a wide range of communities, all of whom had achieved the highest scores in their categories. In addition, Discretionary Awards were given out to those who demonstrated excellence in their commitment to the campaign.

All the community groups who tirelessly seek to improve their local environments as part of the Beautiful Scotland campaign also received medal certificates to applaud their efforts.

Lord Purvis, who hosted the ceremony, said: “Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted that Falkirk Delivers has been awarded a silver medal certificate this year.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who was involved in achieving this result for Falkirk, and would also like to commend the group for helping to make Falkirk, and Scotland, a cleaner, greener place for us all to enjoy today and tomorrow - through floral enhancement, community participation, and taking responsibility for tackling the criminal activity of littering and dog fouling, Beautiful Scotland groups make a massive difference to our country.”