Showcasing Cumbernauld’s natural beauty

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 02:49 on 29 May 2015

Beautiful Scotland

The judges in Cumbernauld House Park, in 2013. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.

CUMBERNAULD Environmental Society is hoping to show off the town’s more photogenic and naturalistic side, as entry opens for this year’s Beautiful Scotland contest.

The group’s vice-chair has issued an appeal for local community groups and organisations to come forward as Cumbernauld Environmental Society looks towards compiling the area’s portfolio entry to the contest.

For the past two years Cumbernauld has taken home the silver-award in the Small City category of Beautiful Scotland’s annual contest.

Beautiful Scotland is a well-established community environmental improvement initiative managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful. The contest aims to celebrates and support the achievements of entire villages, towns, cities, urban communities and Business Improvement Districts from across Scotland – all of whom have come together to improve their local environment.

The competition has an extensive set of categories and awards on offer, with judging focussed on the core areas of horticulture achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.  Last year around 50 groups from across Scotland participated in the contest. 

In 2013 Cumbernauld was named as the winner of the ‘Small City’ award – the first time the town had picked up the accolade since Cumbernauld’s Environmental Society began entering the town to Beautiful Scotland in 2009, earning the former Carbuncle town a Silver Award each year thereafter.

This year Cumbernauld Environmental Society is hoping to bring back the silverware to Cumbernauld, with local community activist Adam Smith launching an appeal for those with projects to exhibit to come forward.

As part of the process to enter Beautiful Scotland, Mr Smith is required to piece together a portfolio of local projects, based on the contest’s three pillars: Horticultural achievement, Environmental responsibility, Community participation.

The town’s portfolio has to be submitted by June 26th, well ahead of the official judging and site visits, which will take place between July 27th and August 9th.

Issuing an appeal for interested local groups and residents to submit details of any projects that could be considered for inclusion in the town’s portfolio, Adam Smith, Cumbernauld Environmental Society’s vice-chair said: “Cumbernauld’s rich environment of parks, gardens, and woodlands, means that over half of our town is green space. 

“We will again use the Beautiful Scotland entry to positively promote Cumbernauld, and to recognise the hard work of community groups and dedicated individuals who help to improve Cumbernauld’s environment.

“We’re looking for local organisations to tell us about their projects and any work they’ve carried out with the Beautiful Scotland themes of Community Participation, Environmental Responsibility, or Horticultural Achievement, either to be promoted within the portfolio, or personally visited by the judges,” he explained.

He added: “Information can be submitted to us by e-mailing” 

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, added: “All year round, communities across Scotland are doing their bit to ensure local spaces are clean, green and beautiful, and all too often the army of local volunteers who work to make that transformation are unsung local heroes. 

“Beautiful Scotland is the opportunity for us all to celebrate the work they do, and for us to see which communities and projects come out as the best of Beautiful Scotland.

“I’d encourage locals from all over Scotland to step forward and put their beautiful place in the national spotlight.”